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Véronique Joumard

1964 | Grenoble, France
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French multimedia artist.

It could be said that Véronique Joumard is an artist of light who follows in the historic lineage of Minimalism (Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier), although this would be a simplification. Everything in her body of work, from photographs to installations and paintings, summons light, whether natural (sun, moon, lightning) or artificial (light bulbs, neon sign, projectors). In the mid-1980s, she created pieces made of simple glowing resistance. These creations do not hide the mechanism that makes electricity possible: they rather exhibit the device in all of its “dangerousness”. An artist of anti-illusionism, she uses wires, cables, sockets and plugs as integral elements in her installations, just as the light that they emit.

From this comes the singularity of her creations, which do not really have “a chromatic or compositional ambition; they deliver an electro-photonic fact in all of its elementarity,” as M. Gauthier writes in a book dedicated to her work. Her luminous devices do not mark an ideology of light announcing or revealing any truth or transcendence. Instead, they cause visual disturbance, to the point of a blinding glare.

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Bernard Marcadé

Translated from French by Katia Porro.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
© 2013 Des femmes – Antoinette Fouque
© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
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Véronique Joumard, Grancey-le-Château, 1996-1999, integrated lights, variable dimensions, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Des voisinages, 2003, heat-sensitive painting on table, Café “Les Alouettes”, Paris, © Photo: Marc Domage et Maelle Dault, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Le prisme de Bayeux, 2016, crystal, base, 20 x 10 x 10 cm, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Lentilles, 2006, plexiglass, brass, cable, 70 cm each, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © Photo: Sandrine Aubry, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Lumières, 2008, photograph pasted on aluminium, wood frame, 120 x 180 cm each, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © Photo: André Morin, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Nuage, 2017, atomizer, variable dimensions, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © Photo: Cédric Eymenier and Marguerite Vial Alazrak, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Objets volants, 2008, aluminium stool, mylar balloon, thread, helium, variable dimensions, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © Photo: André Morin, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Paravent, 2013, lentil of Fresnel, brass, variable dimensions, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Sans titre, 1987, metallic pillar, light bulb, electric wire, metallic pilers, 110 x 180 x 35 cm, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © ADAGP, Paris ; Leuci, 1991, socket, electric wire, fluorescent tubes, transformer, 500 x 220 x 5 cm, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Solarium, 2006, chassis aluminium, electric wire, china socket, light bulb, variable dimensions, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © Photo: André Morin / Le Crédac, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Travelling II (Hiroshima), 2003, coloured photograph, analog print pasted on aluminium, 180 x 180 cm, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © Photo: Galerie Cent8, © ADAGP, Paris

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Véronique Joumard, Wood, Magnets and Iron dust, 2016, wood, magnet neodymium, iron filings, 30 x 30 x 25 cm, Courtesy Véronique Joumard, © ADAGP, Paris

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