Jean-Michel Othoniel

 
Born 1964 in Saint-Étienne (France), Jean-Michel Othoniel lives and works in Paris. His enchanting aesthetics revolves around the notion of emotional geometry. Through the repetition of modular elements such as bricks or his signature beads, he creates exquisite jewelry-like sculptures whose relationship to the human scale ranges from intimacy to monumentality. His predilection for materials with reversible and often reflective properties—particularly blown glass, which has been the hallmark of his practice since the early 1990s—relates to the deeply equivocal nature of his art. Monumental yet delicate, baroque yet minimal, poetic yet political, his contemplative forms, like oxymorons, have the power to reconcile opposites. While his dedication to site-specific commissions for public spaces has led some of his work to take an almost architectural turn, Othoniel's holistic sensibility compares to fêng shui, or the art of harmonizing people with their environment, allowing viewers to inhabit his world through reflection and motion.
 
Jean-Michel Othoniel - ALFA
2020
bilingual edition (English / French)
Perrotin
This large monograph presents a new set of sculptures by the artist, installed in the lagoon facing the museum designed by Jean Nouvel in Doha, Qatar, and the different stages of their production.
Jean-Michel Othoniel - Le Trésor de la cathédrale d\'Angoulême (DVD)
2019
film in French version with English subtitles
a.p.r.e.s editions - Documents & Video Works (DVD)
A DVD documenting a commissioned work for which Jean-Michel Othoniel redesigned spaces housing the sacred treasures of the Angoulême Cathedral.
Jean-Michel Othoniel - Le Trésor de la cathédrale d\'Angoulême (livre / DVD)
2017
bilingual edition (English / French), original version, English / French subtitles
a.p.r.e.s editions - Books-DVDs
sold out
A book-DVD documenting a commissioned work for which Jean-Michel Othoniel redesigned spaces housing the sacred treasures of the Angoulême Cathedral.
Jean-Michel Othoniel - Why Glass ?
2010
bilingual edition (English / French)
Jannink - L'art en écrit
A manifesto in which Jean-Michel Othoniel explains his use of glass material in his work.
Jean-Michel Othoniel - Why Glass ? - Limited edition
2010
bilingual edition (English / French)
Jannink - L'art en écrit
A manifesto in which Jean-Michel Othoniel explains his use of glass material in his work, accompanied by a mirror in obsidian, an original and unique signed artwork.


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