Artists’ Residencies 2015

Sep 2015
Mar 2016
Residency of Io Burgard
Residency of Io Burgard at the leather workshops of Seloncourt (details of the objects of "Que vogue la galère") © Tadzio
Residency of Célia Gondol
Residency of Célia Gondol at the Holding Textile Hermès © Tadzio
Residency of Célia Gondol
Residency of Célia Gondol at the Holding Textile Hermès © Tadzio
Residency of DH McNabb
Residency of DH McNabb at the cristallerie Saint-Louis © Tadzio
Residency of DH McNabb
"Spherical Horizon(s)" and "Prism(s)" by DH McNabb exhibited at the cristallerie Saint-Louis © Tadzio
Io Burgard encounters leather, Célia Gondol silk, DH McNabb crystal. The three visual artists have been invited for a carte blanche residency in the Hermès workshops. They will confront their art to the exceptional know-how of the artisans in an artistic and human adventure.

During her residency under the mentorship of Jean-Michel Alberola at the leather workshop in Seloncourt, in the department of Doubs, Io Burgard pursued “her visual research focusing on language, drawing and volume” (Gaël During her residency under the mentorship of Jean-Michel Alberola at the leather workshop in Seloncourt, in the department of Doubs, Io Burgard pursued “her visual research focusing on language, drawing and volume” (Gaël Charbau, in Cahiers de Résidence). “Fascinated by those tools from which the artisans’ skills originate and, conversely, by those skills that give rise to new tools”, the artist projects her universe onto a series of allegorical tools, inspired by these objects. She gathers them in a trunk, like a cradle, recalling the hull of an organic walnut or of a boat about to set sail on a dreamlike voyage. Que vogue la galère ('Come What May')…

Célia Gondol carried out her residency under the mentorship of Ann Veronica Janssens at the Hermès textile factory in Greater Lyon. While there, she imagined and created “two works that blend optical and astrophysical research with the art of the textile factory”. A talented dancer and choreographer, the visual artist’s work focuses on movement, matter and the body. Demonstrating standards as exacting as those of the artisans at Holding Textile Hermès, her work is in a state of permanent flux between dance and visual art. Bringing the mysteries of the universe to silk-printing, she created a homage to interstellar infinity: a celestial mural mounted on a 40-metre strip of silk. La soie à l’épreuve du ciel et du cuivre ('Silk, Copper, and Stars').

DH McNabb was mentored by Richard Fishman at the crystal workshops in Saint-Louis. The American glass artist was versed by the factory’s artisans in the skills of heating and cooling, and put crystal on trial as a material, exploring its possibilities over the course of various projects. An exercise philosophically rooted “in the materials, in the place, but also in certain interactions”, according to the artist. Spherical Horizons, Prism, The Heart(h) of Saint-Louis, The Dog of Saint-Louis, Fumace Light and Bubble Rings stand as a testament to, and a celebration of, these artisan skills. Crystal poetry.

Disciplines
Visual arts
Craftsmanship
Lieu
Hermès Workshops
France
She created a homage to interstellar infinity, a celestial mural mounted on a 40-metre strip of silk.
Fascinated by those tools from which the artisans’ skills originate and, conversely, by those skills that give rise to new tools.
An exercise philosophically rooted “in the materials, in the place, but also in certain interactions”.

Informations

Artists in residencies
  • Io Burgard, Que vogue la galère at the leather workshops in Seloncourt
  • Célia Gondol, Dimensions telluriques and Observables d'Apeiron at Holding Textile Hermès
  • DH McNabb, Prism(s), The Heart(h) of Saint-Louis, The Dog of Saint-Louis, Spherical Horizon(s) and Furnace Ring at the cristallerie Saint-Louis
Available in bookstores

The Cahiers de Résidence #6, co-published by Actes Sud and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès