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"Phenographies"

Francis TEYNIER

from   November 18 to December 18, 2022

FRANCiS TEYNiER

 

Born in 1947 in Paris into a very cultural and artistic family, I have lived and worked most of my life in Copenhagen, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, as well as in New York, Stockholm, Žilina (Slovakia) and La Réunion.

As an urban planner, I was attracted to photography at an early age. It was during my stay in Reunion Island that I found particular inspiration in Chinese philosophy and in the work of the Chinese photographer Lang Jingshan (1882 -1995), particularly in his landscapes in composite photography.

Since 2012, I have devoted myself to the series "Phenographies", suggesting realities that are perhaps unknown but where abstraction is only apparent.

The series has been presented in numerous exhibitions in France, Scandinavia and Central Europe.

I divide my time with my wife between Saintes in Charente-Maritime, and Bratislava (Slovakia).

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PHENOGRAPHIES

 

Through the test of the elements, let us lose ourselves in phenomena which are only unknown or abstract because we have not seen them.

This series was born out of research into the five elements - wood, water, earth, metal and fire - whose graphic qualities have long fascinated me.

It is also based on Chinese thought, for which all phenomena in the universe result from an unstable cycle of creation and destruction between these five elements.

Photographic combinations of these five elements, the "Phenographs" thus reproduce phenomena to be discovered by each person, based on his or her experience or imagination.

The intentional absence of overly obvious references to scale invites visual journeys between the infinitely small and the infinitely large. It doesn't matter whether your vision matches mine or not - that's also why I didn't want to give titles to the pictures.

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