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Biography

Biography

Plastic Artist

Chrystèle Lerisse was born in Le Mans in 1960. She lives in Saint Gilles les Forêts (Haute-Vienne, France). Chrystèle Lerisse entered photography in 1975 and apprenticed with Gilles Kervella (Niepce Prize 1980).

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Chrystèle Lerisse is an artist-photographer who has been working in black and white silver since 1975. Her apprenticeship lasted ten years. In 1985 she entered the art world and since then she has been developing her aesthetic work where the use of silver and black and white are immutable. His apprenticeship lasted ten years. In 1985 she entered the art world and since then she has developed her aesthetic work where the use of film and black and white are immutable.

Chrystèle Lerisse invites you to take a very demanding look. Always located in an immediate vicinity of the visible substance of photographable things. Light is the grammar of his thoughtful practice as a photographer. Both by the format that imposes a questioning on the classical meaning of framing, as by its treatment of black and white, it obliges us to go beyond any conformist or agreed reading of the look and reality photographed.

Editing is also a constant in Chrystèle Lerisse's work. Books are part of her culture and part of the artist's creative process. It has been inseparable from her work since 1985. The book is part of his culture and the artist's creative device. He has been inseparable from his work since 1985.

Interior landscapes

Chrystèle Lerisse plays with scales, that of photography and that of what it shows. His photographs are silent, fragmentary, sensitive, discreet, blurry, murky, erased by poetic grey values. These empty spaces offer the possibility of being inhabited by our own sensibility and our interior landscape. The multitude of these small serial images invites the visitor to get closer and establish a close relationship with the works. He enters the intimacy of space and photography and finds himself confronted with the intimate since, beyond 50 cm, nothing is visible.

A special look

Chrystèle Lerisse's view of the landscape - natural, architectural, physical, animal - reflects her inner landscape. It can be confusing both in the size of the photographs and in their composition. It can be confusing both in size and composition.
The landscape in Chrystèle Lerisse's work is animated by a paradox. It departs from any temptation of the picturesque. But the photographer manages to capture its essence. The work depends intrinsically on the place. The landscape is the terrain of visual forces whose plastic play - the layout of forms - remains unheard of. This essence, she makes it her own.
So much so that places are of paramount importance for Chrystèle Lerisse, in Brittany (Douar Maen, 1985), in Touraine (La Roche-aux-Moines, 1998), in peri-urban centres (Trappes, 2011, Choisy-le-Roi 2015), in Aubrac (La Colonie, 2016), and, through the years, always in Limousin. We do not recognize these places. We know them. We don't recognize these places. We know them.

A poetic point of view

We understand then that we are in the presence of a poetic approach, in which the sensitivity of the photographer is fully exercised. She seems to turn away, wandering for a moment in a slight tremor or wandering in the blur of the images but gives nothing away to the rigour of the composition, the contrasts, the quality of the grey values. It seems to turn away, strolling at a moment in a slight tremor or rambling in the blur of images but does not give in to the rigor of composition, contrasts, quality of gray values.

The format of the images

Far from the saturation of the large images that overwhelm us in our cities or on our flat screens, Chrystèle Lerisse has made the choice in all her work of small formats.

This small size of the photographs, far from being anecdotal or a stylistic effect, forces us to approach them as closely as possible to understand how light is the primary source of photography. It is a form of modesty that lets silence settle in our gaze. It is a form of modesty that lets silence settle in our eyes.

Resume

– 2019 Photo basel, baudoin lebon gallery
P/CAS – PARIS: YIA Contemporary Art Show #19
– 2018 Paris Photo, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2017 Paris Photo, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2014 Art Paris, Art Fair, Paris, Stand of the baudoin lebon gallery
– 2013 Summa Art Fair Madrifoto, Madrid, gallery baudoin lebon
– 2012 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2011 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2008 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2007 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2006 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2005 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2004 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
International Contemporary Photography Show
San Sebastien , baudoin lebon gallery
– 2002 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2001 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
– 2000 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair, Basel, baudoin lebon gallery
Art Fair, Montrouge
Art Brussels Fair of Art Actuel, Brussels, gallery baudoin lebon
– 1999 Paris Photo, Paris, baudoin lebon gallery
Art Brussels Fair of Art Actuel, Brussels, gallery baudoin lebon
– 1998 Paris Photo, Paris , baudoin lebon gallery
Aipad, New York, baudoin lebon gallery
Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair, baudoin lebon gallery
Art Brussels Fair of Art Actuel, Brussels, gallery baudoin lebon

Regional Contemporary Art Fund Poitou-Charentes – Angoulême, 2020
Artothèque d’Angers, 2003, 2008
Artboretum – contemporary art venue – Argenton-sur-Creuse, 2008
Artothèque d’Angers, 2003, 2008
Frac-Artothèque Limousin, Limoges 2000, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014, 2016
French Museum of Photography, Bièvres, 1999
Ardenne Museum, Charleville -Mézières, 1996
Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, 1995
Poitou-Charentes Regional Contemporary Art Fund, Angoulême, 1991
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1990
Château d’Eau Gallery, Toulouse, 1987, 1989
National Contemporary Art Fund, Paris, 1989, 2000, 2006
Regional Contemporary Art Fund Centre, Orleans, 1988, 1990
National Library of France, Paris, 1984, 1987, 1993

Commands

– 2017 Baudoin Lebon
– 2011 Valophis Group
– 2005 City of Choisy-le-King
– 1997 DRAC Centre, Orleans
– 1995 Dorint Hotels International, Hotel Archimedes, Brussels
– 1993 1 Reims University Institute of Technology
– 1992 Indre-et-Loire Chamber of Trades, “Vinci and Co.”, Tours
– 1990 DRAC Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers

Scholarships

– 2021 Individual creation assistance, Drac Nouvelle-Aquitaine
– 2016 Indivisual creative aid, DRAC ALPC
– 2013 Production assistance, National Foundation for Graphic and Plastic Arts
– 2012 Individual Creative Aid, DRAC Limousin
– 2008 Individual Creative Aid, DRAC Limousin
– 2004 Individual Creative Aid, DRAC Limousin
– 2000 Individual Creative Aid, DRAC Limousin
– 1995 Research and residence allowance abroad,
Ministry of Culture
– 1991 Workshop allocation, Ministry of Culture
– 1988 Individual Creative Aid, DRAC Centre

– 2019 Let’s talk about photography at Treignac Project, Treignac
– 2017/2018 Photography workshops at CIAP, International Centre for Art and Landscape, Vassivière
– 2002 to 2011 Weekly photo and visual arts workshops at the Uzerche detention centre (19)
– 2006 Plastic arts workshop at the Tulle prison as part of the Postal Art
– 2004 to 2009 Photo workshops at Irfe, Isle (87)
– 2000 to 2004 Creation and framing of the photo workshop at the college of Saint Germain les Belles (87)
– 2002 Higher School of Image, Angoulême National School of Art and Design, Limoges/Aubusson
– 2001 National School of Art and Design, Limoges/Aubusson
– 2000 National School of Art and Design, Limoges/Aubusson Higher School of Image, Poitiers
– 1993 School of Art and Design, Reims
– 1991/1992 Coaching adult photography internships in Touraine
– 1989 to 2003 Workshops on artistic practices in kindergarten to secondary school, including two in Freinet pedagogy in the Central, Champagne-Ardennes and Limousin regions

Artist's practice

Chrystèle Lerisse is an artist-photographer who has been working in black and white silver since 1975. Her apprenticeship lasted ten years. In 1985 she entered the art world and since then she has been developing her aesthetic work where the use of silver and black and white are immutable. His apprenticeship lasted ten years. In 1985 she entered the art world.

The mental process of Chrystèle Lerisse’s work is the preview. Think and see his photograph before it is realized. This way of working makes That Chrystèle Lerisse is not a photographer who needs to do a lot of shooting. With her mental work done, she knows where to go and focuses on the essentials to get there and make her photograph.

His photographic works have never been large formats. When it began its research in 1985, its formats were intuitive: 21 x 21 cm at 27 x 27 cm.

After experimenting with intermediate formats, which she continues to practice at times, Chrystèle Lerisse came to the current format in 1992 because she chose to stay on the scale of her original composition: the 6 x 6 cm of the frosted camera.

On the advice of her first gallery owner, Marie Françoise George in Paris, Chrystèle Lerisse numbered her photographs in 15 copies from 1989. Previous prints are also referenced and numbered, but with a number of prints that can vary from 1 to 15.

In 1992 she decided to number her prints to 7 copies.

All of Chrystèle Lerisse’s photographs are signed, dated, referenced and numbered on the back of the image. Starting in the mid-1990s, they bear the imprint of the right index finger: the finger that presses the trigger.

From 2000 since then, Chrystèle Lerisse has been numbering her prints with 5 copies. The number 1 remains to the artist and the other editions of the print are dedicated to the sale. There are sometimes some non-commerce prints called H.C. numbered in Roman numerals. These are reserved for non-commercial use.

Since 1994, as an engraver, Chrystèle Lerisse has been making her prints as a result. It destroys its negatives after the realization of its prints. As a result, there can be no more withdrawals based on the original negative. The existing prints are vintage prints, called vintage, limited and made by the artist. They are drawn on black and white barium paper. All contact boards and pre-final draw tests are also destroyed.

Editing has been present in Chrystèle Lerisse’s work since 1985. The book is part of his culture and it is inseparable from his work and his work.

Bibliography

On the work of Chrystèle Lerisse

Collective works

  • 1 Artistic, one hundred per cent Architecture - University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, URCA Editions, 2017
  • 10 years... Photography - Horschamp Editions, 2017
  • Photo Month in Paris - Acts Sud, 2012
  • Field of Experience - CIAP Editions - Vassivière, 2012
  • UK, Valophis renews its quarters - Trans Photographic Press Editions - Paris, 2011
  • The Imaginary Bestiary, The Animal in Photography from 1850 to the present day - Skira/Flammarion Editions - Paris, 2010
  • The Choisy Collection, ten years of contemporary photography - Archibooks Editions - Paris, 2007
  • The Eye in Seyne - Festival Editions - Toulon, 2005
  • Natural Stories - National Museum of Natural History Editions - Paris, 2003
  • Women.Women - South Acts Editions - Aix-en-Provence, 2002
  • Sense of space - Noorderlicht Edition - Gronigen, 2001
  • French Season of Photography - Noorderlicht Edition - Gronigen, 2001
  • Constellation - Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris - 1999
  • Music, Visual Arts and Heritage - Sommevoire, 1996
  • Contretype - Brussels, 1996
  • Half a century of contemporary urban art in Reims, Reims, 1995
  • Landscapes of some, landscapes of others, Lorient, 1995
  • Late 20th Collection, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, 1995
  • Interviews, Chrystèle Lerisse / Clair-obscur, Troyes, 1995
  • The Matter, the Shadow, the Fiction - Nathan Editions and Library of France - Paris, 1994
  • The Decomposed Movement, Beaune, Langres, 1992
  • Landscapes highlighted, DRAC Champagne-Ardenne, 1992
  • Stone Wave, Troyes, 1995
  • May of the photo, Reims, 1992
  • ACQUISITIONS of fraC Centre, 1989
  • Art and Nature, Modern Comfort, Poitiers, 1988
  • Young photography, Château d'Eau gallery,Toulouse, 1987

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