Paul Viaccoz
ESPRIT ES-TU LÀ ?

From October 1st to November 12, 2021
Opening Thursday September 30, 2021, 2 PM – 8 PM

« … Souvent, il séjournait dans cet espace pour trouver le calme et l’inspiration. Dans un carnet, il prenait des notes accompagnées de croquis et de plans pour de futurs projets. Les murs blancs de la maison, la vue sur le jardin et les arbres étaient propices à la méditation et parfois à la lecture. Il pensait qu’un moine jardinier aurait pu se retrouver dans la même situation que lui, à l’écart du monde, du vacarme et des brutales réalités de la vie. Ces murs laiteux ressemblaient à ceux d’une chapelle. Par un jour de printemps, il décida de peindre de petites saynètes et des paysages directement sur ces parois immaculées. … »

Extract from the text by Paul Viaccoz, ESPRIT ES-TU LÀ ?, published in Before publication 5, éd. CEC, 2021.

Esprit es-tu là (spirit are you there)?  A question that expresses fear, skepticism but perhaps also the lightness of a spiritualist seance. Could Paul Viaccoz be trying out divination methods? Might his work as an artist enable him to explore unsuspected territories, set between dualizing and ultra-consciousness, and to experience the pleasure and capacity of escaping, of rising up and leaving this world?

In a back and forth between magic and the limits of science, between illusion and reality, his drawings, painted murals and assemblages of objects oscillate between observations, threats and predictions, in a vision that is both surreal and appalled by the violence and horror of the present and its deadly outbreaks of wars, diseases and pandemics.

His drawings cover a hundred or so sheets and even encroach on the walls of his studio. This mural practice is the expression of a very free extension of his readings, thoughts and meditations. Entrenchment in this little garden house that he calls the small white house, allows him to self-reflect and gain perspective, somewhere between dream and presage.

Producing large numbers of paintings or drawings and painting directly on walls also reminds us of the spiritualist artists of the early 20th century or the 1970s, closeted in small spaces and even in their own homes, whose artworks, drawings, paintings and even their walls served as a medium and offered them a complete mental and hypnotic immersion in the development of their creative work, going far beyond conventional formats.

The presentation by Paul Viaccoz comprises two series of drawings, one on braille paper, while the other incorporates several Paysages de guerre, as well as an installation of three radiotherapy Masques.

This exhibition is accompanied by a publication of the same name, which brings together details of the drawn walls in the small white house, a selection of Paysages de guerre and a text by the artist in which Paul, alias Damiano and ПОЛ, the central character in two previous short stories, Le responsable de l’économat est aujourd’hui indisponible (FMAC, Geneva, 2012) and La censure des messages, (Musée jurassien des Arts, Moutier, 2018), evokes the experience of isolation. This short text frames two quotations from Wolfgang Sofsky’s book, L’Ère de l’épouvante. Folie meurtrière, terreur, guerre (Gallimard, Paris, 2002), which attests to the difficulties of representing cruelty, violence and war.

This work joins the Before publication series, published by the CEC, and is linked to the second volume of the CEC catalogue, L’Effet papillon II, 2008 (L’Effet papillon II, 2008), which will cover the activity of the Centre d’édition contemporaine from 2008 onwards, following on from the first book of the same title, which covers the period from 1989 to 2007.

A small eight-page brochure is added to the press release, presenting images of two Murs shamaniques, created on the inner walls of the artist’s house, where day after day he has assembled objects found in nature or in everyday life, as well as souvenirs, fetishes and talismans, juxtaposed or combined with photographs, drawings, video screenshots, postcards, masks, musical instruments, skulls, sabres, dried flowers, feathers, jewelry and embroideries. This collection of objects, images and texts forms a mural jigsaw that he rearranges according to his mood and thoughts or external events. The walls of this personal studiolo construct a language whose subtext remains cryptic and secret, an intimate, poetic and ritualized altar, bordering on exorcism, in which the figure of the artist is interwoven with that of the shaman.

Paul Viaccoz, ESPRIT ES-TU LÀ?Before publication 5, brochure, 36 pages – single booklets, 17.2 × 23.5 cm, offset, stapled binding – published in the Before publicationcollection, which gathers the pre-publications of authors’ texts or artists’ inserts, which will appear regularly and as a preview before their final publication in L’Effet papillon II (second volume of L’Effet papillon, 1989 – 2007, catalogue of the Centre d’édition contemporaine published in 2008). Text: Paul Viaccoz. Graphic design: Niels Wehrspann, Lausanne. Edition of the Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva, 2021. ISBN: 978-2-97013669-3-4.
CHF 15.-
Born on September 30, 1953, Paul Viaccoz lives and works in the canton of Jura. He has presented numerous personal exhibitions including, La censure des messages at the Musée jurassien des arts, Moutier (2018); La censure des messages at the Anne and Robert Bloch Foundation (FARB), Delémont (2018). He has also participated in various group exhibitions including, Sans titre, entre autres, un regard sur la collection de dessins du FMAC, Le Commun, Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Geneva (2019); NO WALK, NO WORK, Contemporary Art Center, Yverdon-Les-Bains (CACY) (2016). In 2018, his work was the subject of several publications: La censure des messages, éd. Jurassian Museum of Arts, Moutier; 40 Paysages aquatiques and PAYS PAYSAGES, éd. Paul Viaccoz; Fonds municiapal d’art contemporain (FMAC), Geneva. Collection 2004-2016, published by art&fiction.
Paul Viaccoz’s exhibition and publication are supported by the Fondation Leenaards, Lausanne, the Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, DCS, Geneva, and the Department of culture and digital transition of the City of Geneva.

Artistes

Exhibitions

2023
artgenève 2023
Editions and Before publications
2022
L’esprit d’escalier
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2022
Paris Ass Book Fair 2022
Mai-Thu Perret
My sister’s hand in mine
artgenève 2022
Before et publications
Marie Angeletti
Ram
2021
Paul Viaccoz
ESPRIT ES-TU LÀ ?
Bridge the gap
Guillaume Dénervaud
Surv’Eye
Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair 2021
2020
Paul Paillet
fascination for fire
Metallica
artgenève 2020
Fabian Marti
Such a Good Girl
2019
Open accrochage, editions
of
P.A.G.E.S. 2019
TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève 2019
ground
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches ! « A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations »
2018
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invite Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève 2018
Keren Cytter
2017
Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Présentation de l’édition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève 2017
Inside the Bubble-Booth
Présentation de l’édition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette
2016
Présentation du livre
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Présentation de l’édition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Travaux sur papier
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève 2016
2015
Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
avec
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève 2015
2014
WINTER SALE
ET
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève 2014 FILMS – CORRIDOR
2013
Artissima 2013
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair 2013
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève 2013
2012
Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair 2012
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève 2012
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
2011
Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Présentation de la publication
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
2010
Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
« Encadrées »
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
2009
Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris
2008
EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Présentation de
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
à la Maison de la poésie, Bâle
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes
2007
Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève
2006
The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006
2005
Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar
2004
Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo
2003
Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg
2002
Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale
2001
Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker
2000
Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999
1999
KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions
1998
One Step Backwards: Books, prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
Lithographies
1997
Multiples du Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples
1996
Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel
1995
Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Éditions du Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles
1994
Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition
1993
Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon
1992
Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi
1991
Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !
1990
Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition
1989
Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes