Invited to the Sottevile-les-Rouen
by the Frac Haute-Normandie
The regional fund of contemporary art from Normandie owns many
"artist's books" wether painters, engravers, sculptors or photographers.
After Etienne Yver in 2007 and Bertrand Dorny in 2008, the
Frac Haute-Normandie has exhibited the work of Serge Delaune
at the municipal library of Sotteville-les-Rouen during the winter
2010/2001, they presented it with those words...
"The relationship between Serge Delaune and the book is not new:
the Frac Haute-Normandie paid attention to it and bought three
works from his serie "Memolivre" for it’s collection. This relationship
is really important to his researches, so our wish was to highlight it
by exhibiting it in the largest scale possible, in the library’s temporary
Serge Delaune considers the notion of the "artist’s book" as an
encounter between text, image, form and the essence of book, a physical
metamorphosis or a mental re-creation of the "book-object". This is
why he uses the term "Memobook" to represent his visual ideas about
langage and calligraphy or image but also this notion of "memorial"
footprints of knowledge and philosophy present in the book.
Tribal-book, closed-book, hung-book, manipulated pages torned or
cut, confrontations of material, of reflection and glass transparency
make the "Memobook" create ties between time and collective memory.
Through this renewed relationship around the book, the artist goes
from being a reader to inventing sequels and new stories, passing the
memory through and creating experiences.