The exhibition features 15 artists who subscribe to a common attitude and apply a broadly-shared formal repertoire to a particular motif: the fold. Contemporary at Gallery Michel Rein and art space Glassbox.
Gallery Michel Rein and contemporary art space Glassbox are collaborating to present the group show Acid Rain. Based on a proposal by Vincent HonorÃ©, the exhibition features 15 artists who subscribe to a common attitude and apply a broadly-shared formal repertoire to a particular motif : the fold.
Caroline Achaintre is inspired by images from Hard Rock and horror movies, which she filters through Abstract Expressionism and then translates into large atypical tapestries. Jean Bedez questions sport and games in general, confronting them with a vocabulary derived from Art Deco and design from the 30Â´s to the 70Â´s. Karina BischÂ´s distortions, derisions and derivations question the authority of Modern art and its architectural form. Drawing on the themes and techniques of genre films, often horror movies, Susanne BÃ¼rner creates subtle videos in which the off-frame and unresolved suspense are given unaccustomed centrality. Vincent Ganivet reflects on architecture and space in works that can be understood both as objects and performances. In Graham GillmoreÂ´s work, the systematic writing associated with conceptual art practices is articulated in painterly gestures and abstract fields of colours. Graham Hudson appropriates the visual syntax of monuments and their representations of power, which he remakes in poor and decontextualized materials. Camilla LÃ¸wÂ´s work, objects made of folds and a confrontation of colours, places her in the direct lineage of Russian artists from the 20s and 30s. Didier MarcelÂ´s architectural models rework suburban non-spaces to reveal their formal but hidden beauty. Rosalind Nashashibi creates videos that explore, through tight editing, the different levels of reality and temporality at play in a particular place or situation. Stefan NikolaevÂ´s sculptures and installations, inspired by 1970s marketing, propose a notion of time as continual loss. Guillaume Pinard' schizo drawings depict adult failures in school exercise books. Lili Reynaud-Dewar regards sculpture as a play of forces, grafts and paradoxes as did the English sculptors from the 60s and 70s. Sylvain Rousseau expands drawing to make anamorphic landscapes that englobe and contaminate visitors and surrounding works. Jens Wolf paints primary forms with tonalities and lines of force that track the developments of Kupka, Albers or Stella.
The works on exhibit are articulated off-frame, in transhistorical dialogues (Wolf), the fold (Nashashibi), hazardous encounters (Achaintre, Pinard), grafts (Reynaud-Dewar), parody (Hudson, Bedez). As form escapes its frame, it attains a dilatory movement, an expansion. The works are thus essentially in progression, in the depth of their surface (Gillmore, BÃ¼rner), in space (LÃ¸w, Rousseau), in time (Nikolaev). The exhibition had been conceived musically: the works are dialogic and respond to each other. They create fluid systems of formal communication. Acid Rain is interpreted in two venues: a more formal setting at Gallery Michel Rein, where the fold, its play of materials and colours, creates echoes and correspondences, and a more organic and ludic setting at Glassbox.
Gallery Michel Rein: Caroline Achaintre, Graham Gillmore, Camilla LÃ¸w, Didier Marcel, Rosalind Nashashibi, Stefan Nikolaev
Glassbox: Jean Bedez, Karina Bisch, Susanne BÃ¼rner, Vincent Ganivet, Graham Hudson, Guillaume Pinard, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Sylvain Rousseau, Jens Wolf
Image: Camilla Low
Opening: 7th September - From 6 to 9 pm at Gallery Michel Rein - From 9 to 11 pm at Glassbox
Glassbox - from 8 September to 10 October 2005
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Gallery Michel Rein - from 8 September to 1 October 2005
42 rue de Turenne - Paris
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