François Dufrêne

François Dufrêne (Paris, FR, 1930 – 1982)
François Dufrêne was a French Nouveau Réalisme visual artist, Lettrist and Ultra-Lettrist poet. He is primarily known as a pioneer in Sound Poetry and for his use of décollage within Nouveau Réalisme. Dufrêne’s Abstract Poetry has led many to regard him as a member of the first generation sound poets. He joined Isidore Isou and the Lettrist movement in 1946 and continued participating until 1964. In the 1950s, Dufrêne subsequently founded the Ultra-Lettrist movement, along with Jean-Louis Brau and Gil Joseph Wolman, when they split from Isidore Isou’s Lettrism. Dufrêne explored vocal possibilities of Concrete Music, a form of expression based on spontaneity directly recorded to tape, exploiting the noise music of sound, meaning and nonsense.

Oeuvre désintégrale, 1979
Cardboard, wood, print on paper, plastic, audio cassettes
François Dufrêne
Oeuvre désintégrale, 1979
Cardboard, wood, print on paper, plastic, audio cassettes