ANTOINE Eric, Photography

Éric Antoine was born in 1974.
He is a self taught photographer who has been exploring the possibilities of analog photography along many years of traveling around the world and documenting his adventures and encounters. 15 years and many magazine pages later, his life took a sudden turn and as most of it was spent in the chaos of cities and the overwhelmed life of a contemporary citizen, facing the complexity of the world, he decided to switch back to something slower and authentic. A life in the country side focusing on his new passion: Classic photography techniques and mostly Wet plate collodion photography. Returning to the origins in order to create a new future is a common process. In his case it meant to center on nature and simple occupations but also going back to the origins of photography itself by using one of the earliest and purest technique in his now very pictorial artwork.
During 5 years and for his latest book « ensemble seul », Eric Antoine created his work exclusively within his house limits, an exclusive continent of artistic investigations, and an island of restorative solitude.

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His exhibitions reflect Eric Antoine's favorite themes: the passage of time, along with his artistic and existential quest for simplicity. Objectified body fragments rest alongside insignificant everyday objects that are displayed as though they were the most precious gems.
Since 2016 he moved to a new universe of wooded mountains, Eric celebrates the immensity and the protective power of nature. His forests are metaphors for our most intimate foundations. Concealed within these nourishing meanders, frail silhouettes act as invitations to rediscover what is most essential. As his compositions broaden, the sky finds its place amongst dense landscapes; everywhere, light trickles like hope.

The materiality of images is at the heart of the artist's investigations. Without any trace of nostalgia, his use of the collodion process serves as an emancipating discipline. In an approach nearing sculpture, Eric produces glistening, silvery photographs that also stand alone as genuine objects.

Eric Antoine’s work is exhibited in galeries and museums around France and Europe.

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Exhibitions

2018  Exposition personnelle, Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès Paris
Paris Photo, Stand HEMERIA Paris
Le Complexe de la simplicité, SHOOT gallery - Oslo 

2017  Résilience, Laurence Esnol Gallery Paris
The Kickplate Project, Wales, 76m2 gallery 
Mazlo, La joaillerie par Mazlo Paris
Circulation(s), Cormeilles-en-Parisi 
Le Complexe de la Simplicité, Galerie Jean Pierre Ritsch Fisch Strasbourg
AIPAD photo fair, SHOOT gallery New York
Art Paris, Le Grand Palais Paris
Art Karlsruhe, foire d'art contemporain Karlsruhe

2016  Oslo+Paris, SHOOT gallery Oslo
St'art, Foire européenne d'art contemporain Strasbourg
Le Complexe de la Simplicité, Laurence Esnol Gallery Paris
Black Mirror, À la Mostra de Givors Givors
Être(s) au monde, Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery Paris
Entre Deux, Musée Barrois Bar le Duc

2015  Frénésie du Silence, Laurence Esnol Gallery Paris
St'art, Foire européenne d'art contemporain Strasbourg
Voir le lieu, Musée de Plombieres les bains 
Black Mirror, The Square Genève
Black Mirror, Musée de Landskröna Suède

2014  Black Mirror, Laurence Esnol Gallery Paris
Ensemble Seul, Laurence Esnol Gallery Paris

2013 Port Land, SCOPE / Art Basel Bâle
Port Land, Galerie ephémere de Port land Bâle
Autoportraits de classe, Etappenstall Erstein

2012 Art en Capitale, Foire d'art au Grand Palais Paris Paris
Rétroduction, Tour des Templiers Hyères

2010 KVADRATA Mechelen
Rétroduction, La Gaieté Lyrique Paris

2009 Exposition avec Sergej Vutuc, Gallery of the Conservatory Institute Split - Croatie L'abbé Nollet (avec Raphael Zarka), Centre d'art contemporain des 2 églises Chelles

2008 Pissing in a River, Galerie Basementizid Heilbronn

2007  Riding Modern Art (Avec Raphael Zarka), Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon Lyon

2006  Don't hang up on me Bâle
Günther, 16 ans, Galerie Stimultania Strasbourg

2005  102 lits, Ancienne Inspection Académique Nancy

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