Born April 12, 1968
in Versailles, France
Lives and works
in Lyon., France
Studies: Electro-acoustic Composition (National School of Music in Lyon)
Inspired by his earlier forays into electro-acoustic musical composition, Bastien Pon's work navigates between un-musical music and un-photographic photos.
His approach to both of these creative disciplines could be described as a process of distilling what he hears and sees down to the basic elements and rearranging the pieces in a way that challenges the listener's/viewer's perception of what seems, at first, to be familiar territory.
The resulting composition, be it acousmatic or pictorial, plunges us into a denatured world where the raw ingredients are juxtaposed, reconfigured and remixed to create a subliminal feeling of disquiet. In this selection of his works, we find scenes which appear for the most part recognizable, comprehensible, in sum, a work of photography.
The eye is drawn to a salient feature, then pans wide to take in the whole. It is then that we begin to perceive that the subject is not the subject, the background – opaque and flattened – has moved to the fore, and the pieces of the picture do not seem to fit. Finally, we notice the veneer, the overlays of textures and shapes that somehow bind it all together.
But rather than enveloping or enshrouding the scene, the veneer seems to eat away at the subject, which is left scarred, cracked and flaking. Where the photo begins and ends, and what forces lurk below that tortured surface can only be surmised.
SHOWS AND PUBLICATIONS
Sound composition at the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art for
the “Musiques en Scène” Festival
Photo exhibit “Urban landscapes” in Grenoble, France
Photo exhibit “New Emperors” in Osaka, Japan, Flaunders Center Gallery
Photo exhibit and sound composition at the Maison d’Art Gallery in Osaka
AADN group photo exhibit at the RVI “Artists’ Factory” in Lyon
Photo report on Japan published in “Pictorial Post” magazine, issue no. 5
Photo exhibit inTokyo,“Horizontal landscapes”
Series of 10 photos published in “HEAD” magazine
Photo exhibit at the Original & Co. Gallery in Paris
Photo exhibit and sound composition at the Maison d’Art Gallery in Paris
Official selection of the “The Mois de la Photo-OFF” in Paris
Photo exhibit “Lyon” at the L’Oeil Ecoute Gallery in Lyon
Photo exhibit “New York” at the De Caritat Gallery in Brussels
Series of photos published by the Chinese cultural center in Paris
Series of 10 photos published in “Bunker”, Editions du Grenier
Photo exhibit “Black-Out” in Saint Laurent de Mure, France
Sound composition for videos and an art exhibition by David Roncada