The Boatman (Le Passeur)

 

I am in love with light. 

It is the most favoured medium of my sensitivity, of my work.

It flows in our lives, it irrigates our universe

It opens the door.

Light has this unique feature, to be both corpuscular and undulatory in nature, both material and immaterial.

And for me, the artist shall be a boatman, precisely from the material toward the immaterial, from the real toward the imaginary, toward pure sensitivity.

What a better vector than light to achieve this goal ?

Light as medium then, but why not as a finality ?

Did I really choose light ? Didn’t it impose itself upon me ?

Light talks.

I hear it,

Sometimes.

 

Rome, 2007

 

Eric Michel was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1962. He started to learn music and painting at the age of nine through Martenot artistic education method. After advanced studies in mathematics and economy, he started a carrier in international finance, while pursuing his artistic activities. 

 

He has made numerous exhibitions in Tokyo where he was living until 2002 as president of an American financial firm. In December 2003 his work was presented at “Senza Frontiere” international biennale art exhibition in Kawasaki, and since then, his video works and light sculptures are regularly shown at museum, galleries and contemporary art events around the world.

 

In November 2007 his video work “Swimming Fluo” was presented at Shanghai Museum for Contemporary Art (MOCA), as well as most contemporary art museum around China, at the occasion of “Sport in Art” exhibition sponsored by Beijing 2008 Olympic Committee. In 2009, he created two multimedia installations successively for Yves Klein Archives in Paris, and for the Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice.

 

Since 2011 his large scale permanent lighting installation ‘Les Moulins de Lumière” is visible every evening until midnight in the skyline north of Paris on the neo-industrial site called “Les Grands Moulins de Pantin”. His monumental monochrome of light “Fluo Blue” has entered in 2011 the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art in Nice. His neon work “la lumiere parle” was exhibited in 2012 at “La Maison Rouge” Fondation in Paris. In 2013 his exhibition “Passeur de Lumière” offered a dialogue with Le Corbusier’s architecture at La Tourette convent near Lyon and in 2014 he was invited to create a monumental lighting installation to surround Yves Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony at the Philharmony in Luxembourg.

 

Following a path opened by Yves Klein, James Turrell and Dan Flavin, his work, and particularly his fluorescent neon installations and videos, creates a vibrating space, in search for immateriality.

 

Personal exhibitions :

2017 :        

“Platonium”, Place du Marché Couvert, Metz

“La Chapelle de Lumière”, Festival “Les Jours de Lumière”, Saint-Saturnin

2016 :      

 “Platonium”, Fête des Lumière, cour de l’Hôtel de Ville, Lyon

“ARGIA, la lumière-langage”, Château Observatoire Abbadia, Hendaye

“Pôle Lumière”, Pôle Culturel Chabran, Draguignan

2015 :        

“Light Project”, Arts Elysées, Paris

“Le laboratoires des lumières”, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris

“Vivre la Lumière”, ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise

2014 :        

“La Veillée des Solitaires”, salle capitulaire, Abbaye de Saint-Jean-aux-Bois

“Mono Light”, œuvre pour la Symphonie Monoton-Silence d’Yves Klein, Philharmonie de Luxembourg

2013 :        

“Passeur de Lumière”, Couvent de La Tourette, Eveux

“Avez-vous dans les yeux ce qui manque aux paysages”, Le 19 Paul Fort, Paris      

“Passeur de Lumière”, Couvent de La Tourette, Eveux

2012 :        

“Aura”, Hôtel-Dieu, Brie-Comte-Robert 

Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris

2011 :        

“Fluo Blue”, permanent installation, MAMAC, Nice

“Quid sit lumen”, Collégiale Saint-Lazare, Avallon

“Fluorescence(s)”, Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris

“Les Moulins de Lumière”, Grands Moulins de Pantin 

2010 :        

Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI West), San Francisco

Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

2009 :        

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Nice

“Lumière et Immatériel”, Archives Yves Klein, Paris

2008 :        

Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Librairie Mazarine, Vanessa Suchar, Paris

“SPQR Fluo”, Galleria Augusto Consorti, Rome

“La Playa Fluo”, Immersiva Remix, Rome

“Fluorescence”, Musée d’Histoire et d’Art, Villeneuve-Loubet

2007 :        

“Biblioteca Fluorescente”, Université de la Sapienza, Rome

2006 :        

“Cabaret” , Vanessa Suchar, Paris

“Nuit Fluo”, Nuit Blanche 2006, Paris

2005 :        

“Hommage à Yves Klein”, Galerie MB, Paris

2004 :         

Librairie-Galerie Racine, Paris

2003 :        

Galerie Mamia Bretesché, Paris

2001 :        

Pink Cow Art Gallery, Tokyo

“Vivre La Vie” Art Lounge, Tokyo

Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo 

                        

Collective exhibitions (selection) :

2017 :        

FIAC, Galerie 8+4 / Bernard Chauveau, Paris

YIA Artfair, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Art Elysées, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Fiesta de la Luz, Quito

YIA Artfair #10, Basel Art Center, Basel

“Volume-Espace-Trait”, Prieuré de Pont Loup, Moret-sur-Loing

Art Paris, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Bright Brussels Festival, Brussels

2016 :      

 Art Elysées, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

“Le Précieux Pouvoir des Pierres”, MAMAC, Nice

Closing Ceremony of 2015 International Year of Light, Hotel de Ville, Paris

2015 :        

CURIOSITas  arts & science festival, Gif-sur-Yvette

Art Elysées, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

"Vers une architecture de lumière", Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon 

"la lumière parle, collections centenaires et contemporaines", Marché Dauphine, Paris

“Within Light / Inside Glass”, Galleria Millenium, Lisbon

“Art & Care”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Art Paris, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

“Within Light / Inside Glass”, Palazzo Loredan, Venice

2014 :        

“Video Time”, Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris

Art Elysées, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Festival a-part ‘Drapeaux d’artistes’, Les Beaux-de-Provence

Cutlog NY, BlackBoxCenter, New York

“Atmosphère”, Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris

“Les Pierres de Lumière”, Prieuré de Pont Loup, Moret-sur-Loing

Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

2013 :        

Slick Art Fair, Michael Petronko Gallery NY, Paris

“I see you”, biennale internationale d’art vidéo, Kunsthalle, Detroit

“Un été pour Matisse - Autour des piscines”, Musée d’archéologie, Nice

“D-Light”, Accenture, Paris

“Synchrony//City”, Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris

Slick Art Fair Brussels, Bernard Chauveau Editeur

Art Paris Art Fair, Ilan Engel Gallery & Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

“L’art au défi de l’espérance”, Mairie du 6ème arrondissement, Paris

2012 :        

Festival des Arts Numériques, Verrières-le Buisson

Nuit a-part ‘Light & Soul’, Carrières de Lumières, Les Beaux-de-Provence

“Alors, 2012 ? ”, Espace d’art contemporain Beaudoin, Antony

“Echos”, films de danse et d’art, Centre d’Art Le Lait, Albi

Art Paris Art Fair, Ilan Engel Gallery & Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

“Néon, who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue? ”, La Maison Rouge, Paris

“Certains pleurent d’émotion devant les équations de Maxwell”, Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris

2011 :        

“Light Fiction”, Kunsthalle Detroit

SLICK 11, Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris

“La couleur en avant”, MAMAC, Nice

Art Paris, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Drawing Now,  Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

2010 :        

“Artistes de Collection”, Château des Baumettes, Villeneuve-Loubet

SLICK 10, Galerie Véronique Smagghe / Vanessa Suchar, Paris

“Collaborators 2”, ROOM Art Space, London

“Private light in public spaces”, Light Art Biennale 2010, Linz, Austria

“Kozmik Latte”, une sélection de la Collection Borusan, Istanbul 

“Construire sa Lumière”, Espace d’art contemporain Beaudoin, Antony

Art Paris, Vanessa Suchar, Paris                                     

2009 :        

Art Viceroy, Miami

Art Elysées, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Galerie Estivale d’Anières, Geneva

L’Atelier Soardi, Nice

“Expoland”, Artempion, Fontenay-sous-Bois

Bridge Art Fair, Michael Petronko Gallery, New York

‘Solo Projects’, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark

"FACEBOOK's FRIENDS, a virtual reality", La Cité des Géométries   

2008 :        

“Nuevas Adquisiciones”, Michel Soskine, Madrid

Art Elysées, Galerie Véronique Smagghe, Paris

Slick Artfair, Vanessa Suchar, Paris

“Sport in Art”, video Swimming Fluo, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Galerie Estivale d’Anières, Geneva

Art Paris, Vanessa Suchar Mews 42, London                                                

2007 :        

Bridge Artfair, Vanessa Suchar Mews42, Miami

“Sport in Art”, video Swimming Fluo, MOCA Shanghai

Slick Artfair, Vanessa Suchar, Paris

Bridge Artfair, Michael Petronko Gallery NY, Londres

L’Eté Contemporain Dracénois, Chapelle de l’Observance, Draguignan

Galerie W, Paris

Galerie Estivale d’Anières, Geneva

“La Culture des Individu.e.s”, Galerie Yukiko Kawase, Paris

“Nouvelle Biennale”, UMAM, Nice

“Multitude”, Salon de Printemps, Ozoir-la-Ferrière

Michael Petronko Gallery, New York

RED DOT Fair, Vanessa Suchar, New york

DiVA, Galerie Yukiko Kawase, New York

2006 :        

Bridge Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar, Miami

SLICK Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar, Paris

ART(212), Vanessa Suchar, New York

Michael Petronko Gallery, New York

“Namaste”, Vanessa Suchar, Londres

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Gallery A Taste of Art, New York

“Spirit of Pop”, Galerie La B*A*N*K, Le Sens, Paris

“The Harlem Art Project”, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York

“International New Art in Paris Now”, MB Gallery, Paris

DiVA (Digital & Video Art Fair), MB Gallery, New York

“Serendipity”, Vanessa Suchar, Londres

2005 :        

“Art Pluriel”, Paris

DiVA (Digital & Video Art Fair), MB Gallery, Paris

“Design / Desire”, MB Gallery

“Regard sur la photographie internationale”, Galerie Parisud

Galerie W, Paris                                       

2004 :        

“Petits Jeux à partir du Grand Jeu”, University of Reims

 49ème Salon de Montrouge

2003 :        

Biennale “Senza Frontiere”, Kawasaki

Arte Facte “2”, Chateau de Crémault, Vienne

2000 :         

Design Festa, Tokyo

 

Permanent works in public and private spaces (selection) :

2015 :        

“Pôle Lumière”, Cultural Center, Draguignan (FR)

“Les Thermes de Lumière”, Cures Marines, Trouville (FR)

2014 :        

“shoes / no shoes”, néon, collection permanente du musée SONS, Kruishouten (BE)

2012 :        

“Fluo Red”- Light installation for Free telecom headquarters, Paris (FR)

2011 :    “Fluo Blue” - Permanent installation, Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC), Nice (FR)

“Les Moulins de Lumière ” - Permanent installation, Grands Moulins de Pantin (FR)

 

Main publications (selection) :

2016 :    

Exhibition catalogue Le Précieux pouvoir des pierres, MAMAC Nice

2015 :    

Exhibition catalogue Within Light Glass Light, an interaction bewteen art and science, Palazzo Loredan, Venise

2014 :    

Catalogue Rainy Days - switch the light on, Philharmonie de Luxembourg

2013 :         

Derrière le visible, Rencontre Le Corbusier / Eric Michel,

Éditions Bernard Chauveau, collection Couleurs Contemporaines

2012 :    

Néon. Le néon dans l’art, des années 1940 à nos jours, La Maison Rouge & Archibooks (pages 95,114)

Light in Architecture, Chris van Uffelen, Braun Publishing (pages 346-347)

2011 :        

L’Art contemporain et la Côte d’Azur, 1951-2011,

Les Presses du Réel (pages 97-99)

2008 :        

Éric Michel, monography, Galerie Véronique Smagghe

2007 :        

Catalogue Sport in Art - Olympics Games Beijing 2008

Dominique Fabre, Éric Michel, Chapelle de l’Observance

Catalogue Nouvelle Biennale de l’UMAM, Nice (FR)

2003 :        

Catalogue Senza Frontiere, biennale de Kawasaki (JP)

 

Artist residency & performances :

2017 :        

Light Project - first phase -  836M, San Francisco

2016 :        

NEKaTOENEa, artist residency, Hendaye

“Lumière absolument”, performance with AnnaO, La Maison Rouge, Paris

 

Conferences, master-classes, colloques (selection) :

2017 :        

Arts & sciences workshop, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Paris

Art Advisor for the Century of the Institut d’Optique (light installations, events)            

Lesson and workshops on Fluorescence, Institut d’Optique, Saint-Etienne

"Exploring new Frontiers in Art&Science", Festival des Nouvelles Exploration, Royan

2016 :        

Arts & sciences workshop, Institut d'Optique Graduate School

Light and Perception in Art, Givaudan, Paris

Art & innovation workshop, ESSEC Executive Education, Paris

"Les mondes de l’art", confererence, I.A.E. Nice

2015 :        

Light in Art & Architecture, National School for Architecture, Nantes

2014 :        

Light, Perception and Innovation in Art, Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Paris

Light & Perception in Art, Association of Light Designers, Nantes

 

 

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