Jean-François FOURTOU


 

French artist Jean-François Fourtou became known in the '90s for his unique sculptures of animals. Very often reproduced in gigantic size and realized in metal, resins, paper, and oakum, they are placed in exhibition and public spaces. In his pictures these same animals - lambs, giraffes, snails, bees - invade familiar settings such as a restaurant kitchen, a café, a metro station perturbing them with their cumbersome presences. Fourtou is also known for transforming the places which he visited or lived in on a different scale, sometimes even upside down, like one of his most famous piece "Maison tombèe du ciel". Loss of spatial and temporal markers, games of scale, and incongruity invite the viewers into Fourtou's buried or semi-fictional memories of his childhood.