Frédéric Cordier

© Frédéric Cordier, Olfacto, 2014. Detail of Ink installation, linocut, 106 cm x 106 cm. Photo: Ivan Binet.
© Frédéric Cordier, Olfacto, 2014. Detail of Ink installation, linocut, 106 cm x 106 cm. Photo : Ivan Binet.

FREDERIC CORDIER
Montreal (Quebec) and Lausanne (Switzerland)

Approach

Photographs taken and observations carried out around industrial sites inspire Frédéric Cordier tocompose his prints. These visits enable him to absorb the atmosphere of these places and create a landscape, using simplified graphic forms that evoke a certain abstraction and the reproduction of manufactured materials.

These juxtaposed motifs and forms produce an unreal ambience, in which heavy industry is associated with more evanescent visibility phenomena, being rendered as psychedelic motifs and compositions relating to Op art and pointillism.

Project

For the Symposium, the artist will create a harbour view, integrating cranes, boats and other machinery into large-scale linocuts on the theme of the container, an icon serving as a pretext to create new motifs and a variety of textures.

In contrast to the fixed and immobile infrastructure that the factory represents, the container embodies the mobile modal unit of our modern economy. Conceived of as an easy means of transit, it represents the constant flow of merchandise created by international commercial exchange.

This same adaptability also enables it to be transformed into a dwelling during emergency situations or assembled in the form of architect’s houses, all expressions linked to the conditions of contemporary mobility.

Biography

Born in Canada, Frédéric Cordier lives and workstoday in Lausanne Switzerland and in Montreal.

He holds a BFA from the École cantonale d’art of Lausanne (ECAL), an internationally-renown school of higher learning. In 2008, his final school project was awarded the Ernest Manganel Prize. Two years later, he carried out research focusing on wallpaper and its spatial placement for his master’s degree.

He produced wallpaper installations, in particular at La Chapellede Tell de Montbenon in Lausanne and in vacant factories in Tbilisi, Georgia and in Paris. In 2011, he had a six-month residency in the Canton de Vaud studio at Cité international des arts in Paris where he worked on large linocuts. During the same year, he was awarded a prestigious cultural grant from the Fondation Leenaards.

On his return to Quebec, he presented a solo exhibition at Engramme in December 2015. He also exhibited his work at URDLA Centre international estampe and livre at Villeurbanne in 2013 and 2014.

For more info:

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Photo : Andreas Zimmermann.
Photo : Andreas Zimmermann.
© Frédéric Cordier, Ink, 2015. Installation and linocuts, variable dimensions. Photo: Ivan Binet.
© Frédéric Cordier, Ink, 2015. Installation and linocuts, variable dimensions. Photo : Ivan Binet.
© Frédéric Cordier, Olfacto, 2014. Detail of Ink installation, linocut, 106 cm x 106 cm. Photo: Ivan Binet.
© Frédéric Cordier, Olfacto, 2014. Detail of Ink installation, linocut, 106 cm x 106 cm. Photo : Ivan Binet.
© Frédéric Cordier, Chapelle de Tell revisitée, 2010. Installation and wallpaper. Photo: Daniela Droz.
© Frédéric Cordier, Chapelle de Tell revisitée, 2010. Installation and wallpaper. Photo : Daniela Droz.