ACM 
b 1951 (France)

LEAN FORWARD AND ENTER A MINIATURE, MOLDERING WORLD [WHERE] EACH PIECE CASTS ITS SPELL.
ROBERTA SMITH, NEW YORK TIMES

Biography
WITH A CAREER SPANNING THIRTY YEARS, ACM IS THE ACRONYM OF THE MYTHIC AND RECLUSIVE FRENCH SCULPTOR, WHOSE INTRICATE ARCHITECTURES HAVE LONG BEEN PRIZED BY A SELECT GROUP OF COLLECTORS AND MUSEUMS.

ORIGINALLY TRAINED AS A FINE ARTIST, ACM QUIT HIS STUDIES TO FOLLOW THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF HIS PRACTICE. TOGETHER WITH HIS WIFE, WHO HE SUBSEQUENTLY INCORPORATED INTO HIS CREATIVE IDENTITY, THE ARTIST SETTLED IN THE REMOTE VILLAGE OF HIS CHILDHOOD, CONSTRUCTING A HOME AND STUDIO FROM THE RUINS OF HIS FATHER’S WAREHOUSE, AND EMBARKING ON WHAT WAS TO BECOME A HISTORY OF ACCUMULATION AND RECONFIGURATION.

FORAGING IN THE FOREST FOR NATURAL MATERIALS, ACM BEGAN TO WHITTLE PIECES OF CHALK, CONVERTING THEM INTO FLOORBOARD-MOUNTED ASSEMBLIES AND IMAGINED ARCHAEOLOGIES. HIS INVESTIGATIONS INTO THESE FICTIONAL PASTS LED TO A LIFELONG FASCINATION WITH THE DISCARDED AND THE FORGOTTEN, AS FOUND OBJECTS AND THE GUTS OF DEFUNCT TYPEWRITERS, TELEPHONES, RADIOS AND CLOCKS WERE OFFERED THE CHANCE OF LIFE ANEW.

THE RESULTS WERE ASTONISHING. RECYCLED COMMUNICATION TOOLS EXPERIENCED TOTAL METAMORPHOSIS AS ACM’S HANDS TRANSFORMED THEM INTO DIZZYING MULTI-PART CONSTRUCTIONS, WHERE ELABORATE TOWERS AND PRICKLY ALLEYWAYS RECALLED TEMPLES OF LONG-FORGOTTEN CIVILISATIONS AND JUNGLES OF FLAMBOYANT ORNITHOLOGIES.

ACM MODESTLY DESCRIBED THEM AS BOULOTS [JOBS], BUT THEY WERE CLEARLY SOMETHING MORE. AFTER THEY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF MADELEINE LOMMEL OF LA COLLECTION DE L’ARACINE , THE HITHERTO UNKNOWN ARTIST HAD HIS WORK ACQUIRED BY THE LILLE METROPOLE MUSEUM AT VILLENEUVE D’ASQUE, WHO THEN COMMISSIONED HIM TO CREATE A MAJOR INSTALLATION FOR THE INSTITUTION.

ACM’S BOULOTS WERE SOON BEING SOUGHT AFTER BY ART BRUT AND CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS ALIKE, INCLUDING ANTOINE DE GALBERT OF MAISON ROUGE, WHO BECAME A VOCAL CHAMPION OF THE ARTIST. YET IT WAS A PARTIAL RETROSPECTIVE AT MARC OLIVIER WAHLER’S CHALET SOCIETY IN PARIS WHICH FINALLY GAVE ACM INTERNATIONAL VISIBILITY.

POURQUOI LES MACHINES? J’PEUX PAS NON PLUS, J’PEUX PAS VOUS L’DIRE!"
[WHY DO I MAKE MACHINES? I CAN’T TELL YOU; I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!]
ACM, ARTIST

 

Literature

CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING #6, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2016

WORLD TRANSFORMERS: THE ART OF THE OUTSIDERS, ED. BY MARTINA WEINHART AND MAX HOLLEIN (HATJE CANTZ) 2011

EVERYTHING #1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING
(ELECTA) 2010

ACM, ED. BY JEAN-PIERRE,TEXTS, CORINNE MARIÉ AND THOMAS RÖSKE (J.P. RITSCH-FISCH GALERIE) 2007

UNIVERS CACHES, L’ART OUTSIDER AU MUSEE DR GUISLAIN, ED. LANNOO (MUSEUM DR GUISLAIN) 2007

DUBUFFET & L’ART BRUT, SAVINE FAUPIN, FRANÇOIS GIBAULT, SARAHLOMBARDI, JEAN-HUBERT MARTIN, LUCIENNE PEIRY, THOMAS RÖSKE ET MICHEL THEVOZ, COLLECTION DE L’ART BRUT MILAN/LAUSANNE 2005

ACM, ARTIST, COLLECTOR, ARCHAEOLOGIST, BARBARA SAFAROVA (SCHIRN MAGAZINE) AUGUST 6TH 2013

ACM, MANSARAY, RIGO 23 AND VOLYAZLOVSKY, ROBERTA SMITH (THE NEW YORK TIMES) AUGUST 20TH 2010

VISIONARIES IN A BUBBLE, SAFE FROM CONVENTION, KEN JOHNSON (THE NEW YORK TIMES) 25 JAN 2008

UNTAMED ART FROM THE FRINGES IS A GUST OF BRACING AIR, ROBERTA SMITH (THE NEW YORK TIMES) 28 JAN 2005

ACM: ARCHITECTE DU VIDE, CHEMAMA-STEINER, BEATRICE (CREATION FRANCHE, NO. 17) JUNE 1999

LES CITADELLES D’UNE AME, JEAN-LOUIS LANOUX (CREATION FRANCHE, NO. 17) JUNE 1999

Exhibitions

Exhibition #6, The Museum of Everything (Rotterdam) 2016

INNER JOURNEYS, MAISON PARTICULIÈRE ASBL (BRUSSELS) 2013

EXHIBITION #1.1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING, CHALET SOCIETY (PARIS) 2012/13

AINSI SOIT-IL, COLLECTION ANTOINE DE GALBERT - EXTRAITS, MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LYON, 2011/12

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM, (BALTIMORE) 2011

WORLD TRANSFORMERS, SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE (FRANKFURT) 2010

EXHIBITION #1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 
(LONDON) 2009/10

IM RAUSCH DER KUNST, MUSEUM KUNSTPALAST (DÜSSELDORF) 2005

PAVILLON DES ARTS, PARIS / ABCD, UNE COLLECTION D’ART BRUT (PARIS) 2004

LES CHEMINS DE L’ART BRUT, LILLE METROPOLE MUSEE D’ART (LILLE) 2003

LA PLANÈTE EXILÉE: ART BRUT ET VISION DU MONDE, LILLE METROPOLE MUSEE D’ART (LILLE) 2001

DE STADSHOF MUSEUM (ZWOLLE) 1999

COLLECTION DE L’ARACINE, LILLE METROPOLE MUSEE D’ART (LILLE) 1997