By taking as a starting point the history of 19th century romantic landscape and its paradoxes, the works of James Ireland, Friedrich Kunath, Christopher Orr and Evariste Richer share the same positioning: to inscribe in a contemporary context the persistence of the landscape as a metaphorical place in relation to the world. Through various forms that go beyond the pictorial representation, the selected works renew a conception of landscape as a constructed object
James Ireland, Friedrich Kunath, Christopher Orr, Evariste Richer
The exhibition Makings of the Sublime inaugurates the new programming of La Galerie, a programme that is marked by the intention to open contemporary art practice to other historical referents and fields of research, scientific research in particular.
By taking as a starting point the history of 19th century romantic landscape and its paradoxes, the works of James Ireland, Friedrich Kunath, Christopher Orr and Evariste Richer share the same positioning: to inscribe in a contemporary context the persistence of the landscape as a metaphorical place in relation to the world.
Through various forms that go beyond the pictorial representation (installations, sculptures, photographs, video...), the selected works renew a conception of landscape as a constructed object, by nevertheless continuing to believe in its evocative potential.
Thus Christopher Orrâ€™s paintings, filled with fog, and Evariste Richerâ€™s daguerreotypes, taking clouds as an elusive subject, agree with the romantic vision of a world open to infinity, while trying to control the unknown by minute observation or use of devices.
James Irelandâ€™s sculptures and Friedrich Kunathâ€™s installations build up the landscape like an anti-illusionist construction, using vernacular references and clichÃ©s of romanticism as we find in tourist imagery â€“ a landscape in which what is fake rivals the sublime.
After the spiritual momentum that marked the romantic period, and situated more by the side of the most minimal paintings by a Caspar David Friedrich or a William Turner, these four artists work to a reduction of the landscape model, through fragments, to its essential elements. They fabricate infinity, reconciling the banal with beauty, science with randomness, and the derisory with emotion.
THE EXHIBITION ARTISTS
Born in 1967 in Scotland. Lives and works in London.
Christopher Orr graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland (2000) and from the Royal College of Art in London (2002). His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions abroad, but only once in France, in the exhibition (â€¦) le canard Ã©tait toujours vivant in the Abbaye Saint-AndrÃ© in Meymac (2005).
He is currently represented by IBID Projects in London and the gallery Arndt & Partner in Berlin.
Born in 1977 in the United Kingdom. Lives and works in Bristol.
James Ireland graduated from the Ruskin School of Fine Art in Oxford (1999). His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions abroad among them a solo show in Spike Island, Bristol (2003), but only once in France, at Triangle France in Marseilles (2002) within the context of a residency at La Friche la Belle de Mai.
He is currently represented by f a projects in London.
Born in 1974 in Chemnitz, Germany. Lives and works in Cologne.
Friedrich Kunath won the Peter Mertes prize of the Kunstverein in Bonn (2001). His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions abroad, and this is the first time he shows his work in France.
He is currently represented by BQ Gallery in Cologne, Blum & Poe Gallery in Los Angeles and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York.
Born in 1969 in Montpellier. Lives and works in Paris.
Evariste Richer graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Grenoble (1992) and the Ecole Nationale dâ€™Arts of Cergy Pontoise (1994). In 2003, he was awarded the prize of the 22nd Biennial of Alexandria. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions abroad, and recently in Le Principe dâ€™incertitude at Public> in Paris and Scape at CAC in Vilnius, Lithuania, together with James Ireland.
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Image: James Ireland
Press preview Friday 9 September from 5pm to 6pm
Private view Friday 9 September from 6pm to 9pm
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