Jacques Carelman

 

 

Jacques Carelman was French, from Marseille and contemporary.  Painter, sculptor, illustrator, set designer, and fundamentally a self-taught man.  He used humor when creating. He invented and imagined by merging the logic and the absurd with great subtleness.  He deformed the reality that we all know. He amused and had fun.

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He was born in 1929 and since 1956 has lived in Paris where he began by making sets for theaters and book illustrations. He’s known worldwide mainly for his Catalogue d’Objets Introuvables (Catalog of Impossible Objects) published in 1969 as a parody of a sale by mail catalogue, emulating the style of the famous Manufrance. Since 1972, with his first show, and without interruption, his objects have been showed  in many museums, art galleries, fairs and halls across Europe, Canada, USA, Latin America and Japan. 

He himself explained this by saying: “Human activities are countless and varied. Some make airplanes, others turn into public funds or into a conversation. Personally, I prefer to strip common objects of their normal use. It’s less dangerous, more honest and infinitely  more fun!  My objects, as opposed to objects worshipped by our consumer  society, are perfectly useless. “
Jacques Carelman died on April 29, 2012. We will say that he has gone in tour, creating, entertaining and exposing his works for some place. Our honoring to this great artist and better human being…

The Catallogue of Impossible Objects...

…nevertheless,  they are indispensable for people such as: oyster openers, acrobats, actors, art lovers, sharpeners, surveyors, fitters, brick layers, mountaineers, housewives, animal lovers, beekeepers, apprentices, astronomers, high school graduates, garbage collectors, wine producers, firemen, bureaucrats, divers, waiters, central market porters, carpenters, hunters, second-hand dealers, zinc workers, cooks, tramway drivers, 40 year- olds, water tasters, sportsmen, chimney-sweepers , draftsmen, priests, funeral parlor employees,  lovers, acrobats, erotomaniacs, fire spitters, electro acoustic specialists,  beauticians, structure specialists, fake money makers, market dwellers,  millers, pipe smokers, geometricians, gymnasts, tinsmiths, market gardeners, magicians, governesses, gardeners, revelers, card players, farmhands, plumbers, washerwomen, elbow lifters, booksellers, typesetters, cripples, cupbearers, school teachers, manicures, masseurs, masochists, mathematicians, miners, nearsighted persons, voyeurs, mystic people, rest-room women, musicians, neurologists, babysitters, kids of both sexes, sexually obsessed people, organists, bakers, pastry makers, skaters, pedicurists, hair-dressers, laborers, pilgrims,  peripathetics, wild river fishermen, stone-masons, office boys,  painters, pyromaniacs,  pressers, pitmen, teachers, watchmakers, beetroot growers, china restorers, façade plasterers, sado-masochists, sausage makers, tumblers, char women, chair makers, catering people, cider bottle cork putters, taxidermists, dry cleaners, sword swallowers, one-eyed people,  urbanists, utopists, vegetarians, velocipede riders, mobile salesmen, grape-pickers, virgins, xylographs, yogis, cobblers and all sorts of do-it-yourself lovers…