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Explorations of Incompleteness: Sculpture by Michel Francois

A sculpture consisting of a metal cage with bits of clothing on itGolden Cage

Belgian conceptual artist Michel Francois has a varied body of work that includes painting, sculpture, video, photography and installation. His works often explore cause and effect, and though much of it is simple and gestural on the surface, the work speaks to deeper meanings and ideas.


A piece of foam encasing an electric lamp hanging on the wall of a galleryUntitled, concrete, plaster, electric  lamp

Recent sculptures have functioned as explorations of incompleteness and double meaning. These works are akin to Jose Davila's tenuous large-scale installations, and exist in a central location in the gallery. In one such piece, a cage composed of thin, fibrous golden bars is presented in several different iterations. I particularly enjoy the piece wherein the cage is presented with scraps of clothing attached to it in places. This presents a mystery, and could be interpreted as a metaphor for escape or confinements, depending on the views of the individual viewer. This sort of ambiguity is present in many of Francois’ works, which adds to the fun of deciphering them. 


A large glass and steel tank in the middle of a galleryPavillion, glass, metal

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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