Jean-François Rauzier

1952, Saint-Adresse, France

Unconventional creator of a postmodern dream world, Jean-François Rauzier wonders about the future of our cultural heritage. Known for his imaginary architectures with many cultural and popular references, he turns urban remains into real utopias and questions the city of the future and our place in the modern world. The artist offers a reflection on our perception of the world and the main themes that are at the foundations of our society: culture, science, progress, oppression, ecology, utopia, freedom, ...

Called a 'magician of reality' by curator and art critic Damien Sausset, and included among the 'digital baroque' artists by Regis Cotentin, Jean-François Rauzier received the recognition of his peers as a virtuoso of digital technologies. He has had his work displayed in several international institutions such as The Los Angeles Annenberg Foundation, Moscow’s MOMA, the Palace of Fine Arts in Lille, cultural institute La Botanique in Brussels and in many private art collections (Louis Vuitton Collections, Bernard Magrez Collections, Versailles, etc.).

In 2002, he created the 'Hyperphoto', a concept which enables him to deal with the impossible: combining both infinitely big and infinitely small things in one same image, outside of time. To simulate the illusion of reality, Jean-François Rauzier first had to cope with all the inherent limits of the photographic and technological equipment. He found his way by juxtaposing, duplicating and twisting images, making it possible for him to reproduce human vision more accurately. This way, he generated a genuine numerical puzzle, in which the pieces are cut out, 'drawn again', and finally put together to suit the artist’s whims and fancies.

The multitude of images invites the spectators to an inside journey, in dreamlike, fantastic and timeless worlds. These worlds are filled with icons and references arisen from the artist’s cultural hall of fame.

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