PAUL FRANK WAGNER is a contemporary artist based in Paris, France. His art is strongly influenced by what was coined in the 1960's movement as "Arte Povera", or "simple art" and Minimalism. The use of rope as his main material essentially aims to promote a revolutionary art, free from any convention and power of structure.
Texture, accessibility, recycling propensity, and most importantly an ability to both connect and free distinct elements are the reasons PFW has chosen "rope" in his artwork. PFW has created and developed a unique art form of 3D rope paintings suspending a frame with ropes through various points of attachments. The creation of each installation is well documented in the filming and photography and are an integral part of his works.
Today, he is exhibiting his latest installation at LE CLOITRE DES BILLETTES, 24 rue des Archives, 75004 Paris the only medieval church still standing in Paris. The installation is composed of 14 different colors of rope, inspired by the 14 different colors of the Parisian Metropolitain attached to the 14 columns of the Cloister. Each Color of rope tells a story of a vision, a person, a life, a cause, an experience. Each rope has traveled through Paris and has been documented in a series of photographs while making its way to the Marais where they are now intersecting with one another.
"When I decided to exhibit in Paris, says the artist, I wanted a truly unique setting for my work and the CLOITRE DES BILLETTES is as much a part of that as the installation itself. The show is as much about the visual voyage of the past as it is about a spiritual experience of the present".
INTERSECTIONS MAY 4-18, 2014 at "LE CLOITRE DES BILLETTES" 24, rue des Archives, 75004 Paris.
Paul Frank Wagner was born in 1970. Raised in NYC, he studied art history and worked in the luxury goods industry before becoming an independent artist. Today, he travels the world creating installations in the most unique locations which result in one-of a kind rope paintings.