Jean François Bory

Jean François BORY | Works and biography


Jean Francois Bory was born in Paris in 1938, the city where he still lives and works today, and is considered one of the greatest exponents of visual poetry French.

Starting from 1965 he devoted himself to sound poetry participating in different music festivals, such as Action and Saben, at the Kunsthalle in Bern in 1967

Also starting from the mid-60s, Jean François Bory approaches the visual poetry and starts working on his first Artist Books. In the following years, the collaboration with several publishing houses based in the United States, in France and even in Italy publishing artist's books with attention to the smallest detail, both as regards pagination that the graphics, as it wasn't just the content of the work, but also his style.

To give elegance to each of his compositions, the artist repeatedly decided to resort to white e al black, since he found these shades much more intense and endowed with personality than the colors which, he said, managed to distract the reader, making him lose the very essence of the final meaning.

In the following years, Bory continues to work on the representation of the book also approaching the sculpture, As it had as its purpose to create complete compositions that they could exploit at the same time visual art, three-dimensional sound, Elements that will characterize the poetry and the publishing activity of the artist in every phase of his life and production.

Since 1966, Jean François Bory has founded numerous magazines, some in collaboration with Julian Blaine, among which the most important is the name of Approaches. In 1968 he also collaborated with Jochen Gerz, with which he publishes several anthological journals included in the series Agency. The same success also has another magazine that is published in New York, entitled Once Again.
The successes, however, did not take long to be seen even in Italy where, in 1970, a French-language magazine called theHumidè, Which often sees a collaboration between the artist and other exponents of the visual poetry, who could enjoy a common space to exchange their opinions and find points of agreement on this subject so fascinating but little known to the public.

Nel 1974 Jean François Bory train nel International Group of Visual Poetry, better known as Group of Nine, of which they were also a part Eugenio Micini, Michele Perfetti, Sarenco, Lucia Marcucci and many others.

Among the most famous works of the artist we certainly find The End III of 1971, where a simple stylized book is reproduced on the sand and also All over, Where the same book is shown on an emulsified canvas using the three dimensions.

Some sculptures such as theEternity, created in 1980 and born from the assembly of several volumes, which testify to the importance that the artist gives to culture.

In the 2000s the works of Jean François Bory took on particular connotations, such as for example Burning, which sees the printing of some letters replicated in different styles that give a sense of harmonic movement on a plexiglass plate.

In 2006 the artist also dedicated himself to the creation of some sculptures depicting different models of cars and to write and three-dimensional books that are truly one of a kind.

Since 2008 the works have returned to being fairly linear and rather simple, foreshadowing how the poet's vision of art is based on a single cycle destined to repeat itself over time.