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Félix Pinquier’s work at the Maroquinerie de Belley will explore the visual representation of sound. The Foundation’s third annual season of artists’ residencies takes a fresh look at the exceptional skills of Hermès artisans, through the prism of contemporary art.
Félix Pinquier’s work reflects his parallel studies at the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts de Rueil-Malmaison, the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the Conservatoire de Musique in Malakoff. He has played the trumpet with numerous professional orchestras, while drawing on his musical and artistic training to explore the spatial dimension of sound in his contemporary artwork, creating volumes shaped by acoustic phenomena. How can we write, produce and visualize sounds? Working with sculpture, video, installations and drawings, Pinquier uses a wide range of media to address the complex issue of the visual representation of sound.
Mentored by Richard Deacon, Félix Pinquier will expand this repertoire at the Maroquinerie de Belley, learning the skills and secrets of fine leather-work at the heart of a noted centre of excellence in traditional leather-work and the manufacture of classic bags. The Maroquinerie joined the Hermès Group in 2002.
Launched by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès in 2010, the annual programme of artists’ residencies enables four young visual artists, mentored by four established names in their field, to create new work at the heart of the workshops of the house of Hermès, working with expert artisans and drawing on their outstanding skills.