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Sandrine FLURY


Sandrine Flury was born in 1974 in Besançon, France . She presently lives and works in Monaco.

After studying Visual Arts at EMAP in Monaco, she obtained further DNAP and DNSEP diplomas in 2003 and 2005 respectively, at Villa Arson in Nice.

Her conceptual work focuses notably on faulty industrial productions; from the occasional mishaps Flury manages to implement and transform these failings into objects that have an artistic dimension.

The adopted technique, whether it is wall-paper, photography, sculpture or drawing depends on the nature of the object.

Disassembling and reassembling objects from the history of industrial design to reclaim a different aesthetic meaning for them ; manipulating materials and products that have fallen out of use, but also working with the raw materials of manufacturing, like polystyrene, PET, bakelite… these are some of the methods used by the artist, who through an almost manual rewriting of the mass-produced object, brings out its intimate, personal significance. Her Bic Project also falls into this sphere : the artist sent a formal request to the French manufacturer proposing mass production of the well-known pen in a “pre-bitten” version. Highlighting the instinctive gesture that has accompanied the act of thinking and writing for many generations.

TS 522 B.VAnother example is the idea she had when she contacted the family that had recently acquired Brion Vega asking them to participate in the project of reassembling the famous “Radio TS 522” by using the faulty spare parts of 5 different radio sets.

Upon their enthusiastic acceptance, the carefully indexed spare parts were supplied and work could begin. Flury started by taking pictures of every single spare part to use as an assembly plan. With the help of an assistant she started putting together all the pieces just like a puzzle and actually managed in making the radio set work!!!

The final product had some faults obviously but it worked with spare parts that were originally intended to be disposed of….

The wall paper technique is based on the recovery of sheets of faulty printed paper.

Once hung on the wall, these sheets assembled and arranged with a pattern repetition compose images, landscapes where the interpretation runs free just like when admiring a traditional painting.

 Baobab This work is short-lived as once it has been installed to the measure of the designated wall, at the end of the exhibition it is taken down sheet by sheet, rolled up and stored in a box. It can obviously be re-used and adjusted for another occasion.

Today Flury is progressively pursuing these techniques: whatever faulty part, misprint or waste that can be valued by the artist and allow her to create a work of art. The life, the history of an object or an image can lead to immense creativity.

As for Bertrand Lavier, who is an inspiration to Flury, certain objects are the evolutionary consequence of the “ready-made”, that originated with Duchamp who focused on the conceptuality of art.