Olivier Foulon developed a new work as part of If I Can’t Dance’s Edition III – Masquerade (2008–2010), that was presented at different stages at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Kopenhagen; de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; Project Arts centre, Dublin; and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
Olivier Foulon (1976) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht. Solo exhibitions of his work include ‘Redites et Ratures’ at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2007), ‘Sprung in die Neuzeit – Un seul ou plusieurs loups?’ at Dépendance, Brussels (2007) and ‘Blind Mans Buff’ in Marres, Maastricht (2004). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Delusive Orders’, Musée Sztuki (2008), Lodz, ‘Speaking of which’, Le Comptoir du Livre, Liège (2007) and the ‘Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge’ (first prize), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2005).
“Gustave Courbet painted three copies of one portrait. Olivier Foulon adds another one via the medium of film.”
Writer/artist Maria Barnas’ introduction to her essay on Foulon’s work in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad is a short but adequate summary of The Soliloquy of the Broom. This multifaceted work, commissioned as part of Edition III – Masquerade, has since its ‘release’ in 2008 has featured in installations, screenings and lecture performances. It leads back to a world wide journey undertaken by Olivier Foulon and camera woman Martina Radwan in the summer of 2008, tracking four paintings by Gustave Courbet with the title Jo, The Beautiful Irish Girl (1865) and filming the individual paintings for two minutes on 16mm film, subsequently editing them into one work.