Guillaume Leblon

Someone knows better than me

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  • Exhibition from January 23 to March 21 2010

Guillaume Leblon's work is a subtle game of concealment and disclosure, proceeding slowly towards the discovery of an indefinite site, the attempt to discern an atmosphere. He conceives exhibitions that are both concrete and conceptual landscapes, drawing on simple archetypes (nature, architecture and the domestic habitat, the everyday). Marked out by objects and sculptures that can be likened to clues for the visitor to interpret, these landscapes have something in common with revealed archaeology, applied in this case to the present day.

The various processes of détournement that the artist establishes question the role and the presence of objects and forms, their relationship with time and with memory. Yet whether it be a tree held a few centimetres from the ground (L'Arbre, 2005) or a virtually full-scale foam board fabrication of a staircase (Vue depuis l'entrée vers l'escalier, 2004-2008), all the strategies that Guillaume Leblon deploys (the multiplication of points of view, disruptions of scale ...) work together to strain the relationships between the individual and space.

Réplique de la chose absente (2009) thus becomes the staging of an encounter: between new and altered surfaces, spatial and temporal stratifications, traces of human presence and the suggestion of something out of shot. At once memory and lacuna, simulation, witness statement and projection, Guillaume Leblon's work cultivates evasiveness, elucidating nothing of the perceptual inquiry that it suggests.

In this sense Guillaume Leblon's art willingly assumes the functions of a 'conversation piece', an object that, by a particular trait of strangeness, concentrates the attention and arouses discussion. An art that can be described, but never circumscribed.

Someone knows better than me is a new exhibition project by Guillaume Leblon, produced by the Grand Café, that pursues his investigation of current practice in sculpture as a means of reformulating space.


Exhibition event
Sunday, march 14th at 3 p.m.
Play of « The Interview », text by Guillaume Leblon and Thomas Boutoux
Actors : Renan Carteaux et Volodia Serre
Duration: 45 min / free

« L'entretien » est un dialogue entre un artiste, Renan, et un critique d'art, Vladimir. Ce dialogue est né de plusieurs discussions entre Guillaume Leblon et Thomas Boutoux, critique d'art, au sujet d'un livre qu'ils devaient publier ensemble. Ils abordent dans ce texte des questions telles que : Comment écrire autrement sur le travail d'un artiste ? Quelle forme donner à un catalogue, un livre afin de rendre une pensée artistique ? Comment travaillent un artiste et un critique ; quels rapports entretiennent les artistes entre eux ?
Deux comédiens liront et mettront en espace le texte.


Faces contre terre, 2010
Various planks of wood
Variable dimensions

Le grand bureau, 2010
Metal, plasticine, wood, glass, hot plates and mixed media
250 x 250 x 180 cm

Définition élémentaire, 2010
Variable dimensions

Petite chambre égyptienne, 2010
Cardboard, glass, metal
90 x 46 x 40 cm


Réversibilité, 2009
Metal, cardboard, plasticine, chipboard, mixed media
240 x 90 x 45 cm
Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

Long Chair Plate (white), 2009
poplar, paint, organic deposit
225 x 125 cm
Courtesy Galerie Projecte SD, Barcelona

La chambre à coucher de ma femme, 2000
Cat skin tanned, model
Courtesy Katten Kabinet, Amsterdam


Guillaume Leblon, Helbling,
Co-edition :  Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Le Grand Café et le Mudam Luxembourg 
29 x 20 cm 
144 pages 
N° ISBN : 978-2-918252-18-4 
French / English
30 euros

Texts by  Hélène Meisel, Michelle Grabner and Stuart Bailey,


Born in Lille en 1971
Lives and works in Paris
Represented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris and Galerie Projecte SD, Barcelone


- Réplique de la chose absente, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
- La Force de l'art, Paris, France
- Slow Movement, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzeland
- The Suburban, Chicago, USA
- Pragmatismus et romantismus, les matériaux du possible, Fondation Ricard, Paris, France
- Le travail de rivière, Créadc, Ivry sur Seine, France
- MUDAM, Luxembourg


- Modern©ité #3, Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France
- Augmentation and dispersion, Centre d'art contemporain Culturgest, Porto, Portugal
- Parallel walk, Centre Gallego de Arte Contemporaneo, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- The Extra Ordinary, Galerie Projecte SD, Barcelaon, Spain
- Maisons sommaires, Centre d'art contemprain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France

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