Renaud Héléna

École supérieure des beaux-arts de Toulouse

Renaud Héléna


France

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My work features a visual vocabulary consisting of cut-outs, molds, texts and games. The pieces, sometimes supporting one another, recreate precarious installations using notions of structure and surface. I play with games and theater codes to set up a « weak magic » and blur the line between reality and fiction. On the one hand, I translate ordinary architectural elements and street furniture into fragile pop-up sculptures cut according to a principle, which links the volumes to their spatial planes, leaving them leaning on structures or simply lying flat on the floor. I create casts molded in crepe paper or paper mache. They form fragments of landscapessomewhere between set design and architecture, which are both familiar and strange. Along with this, I write texts suggesting cinematographic fragments or protocol's testimonies taking various forms like internet forums, recipes, mind maps, and where I play with the common place and generic dimension found in langage. I also create vector drawings that are assembled into flash games where, through coded and predefined interactions, the player explores a virtual space which mixes the everyday and the exceptional, the public and the private but also restricts him to a superficial experience. My work evokes a mean-dering space within the fantastic and mundane where normative structure and marginal behavior overlap.

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