Le Crédac

La Grande Touffe d'herbes

Benoît Piéron

Sunday 24 april 2022 from 3 to 5pm

Workshop open to all!

In parallel with Crédac’s 2021-2022 artistic season, Benoît Piéron follows the four seasons by leading workshops around plants. After encapsulating the garden of Derek Jarman in autumn, in winter he botanized the “mille-fleur” flower-patterned design of the tapestries The Unicorn Hunt during seed-filled capsules making workshops.

In the spring of 2022, he invites us to botanize and reconstruct Albrecht Dürer’s Large Tuft of Grass (1503) drawing in the form of a small anthropomorphic tuft to grow on the corner of your desk.

The workshop is an opportunity to question the notions of “realism” and “reality”. Dürer’s drawing depicts plant species with a high degree of realism. However, these plants have difficulty coexisting in reality as their moisture needs and soil properties differ. Dürer represents them from the head to the roots or stolons yet underground. This anatomical impossibility distances it all the more from a drawing “from life”.

Seeds contained in Mx. Potato :

  • Achillea millefolium – yarrow
  • Agrostis stolonifera – creeping bentgrass
  • Arrhenatherum eliatus – fromental
  • Bellis perennis – wild daisy
  • Cardamine pratensis – meadow cardamine
  • Cynoglossum officinale – dog tongue hound
  • Plantago major – large plantain
  • Taraxacum officinale – wild dandelion

Artist biography

  • Benoît Piéron is a French artist born in 1983 in Ivry-sur-Seine. He creates moments, installations and objects. Benoît Piéron is interested in the sensuality of plants, the borders of the body and the temporality of waiting rooms. He practices patchwork, existential gardening and designs wallpapers. Having always lived with a pet disease, the hospital world is his ecosystem.

    He graduated with honours from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2007 and participated in the Hermès Foundation residency programme in 2010. In 2011-2012 he is a resident at the Casa de Velázquez, the French academy in Madrid. In 2014 he was welcomed in residence at the Fernand Léger Gallery in Ivry-sur-Seine, where he had his first solo exhibition in 2015. In 2018, he had a solo exhibition at the Centre d’art contemporain Les Tanneries d’Amilly. In residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2020 and 2021, he will give workshops on herborization and validation in parallel with his exhibitions. In 2021 he planted the Mendes Wood gallery stand at the Fiac and grew a large tuft of grass in the courtyard of the MAT - centre d’art contemporain in Ancenis. For the past few months he has been questioning the food of unicorns, the place of orgasm in hospitals and lethal flora. His work has been exhibited in France, Brussels, Japan, Korea, Spain and Canada.

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