The galerie is pleased to welcome Carlier | Gebauer (Berlin) for the second edition of Berlin-Paris, a gallery exchange. The group show is built around a common project between the two galleries. Saadane Afif presents 2 'sculptural' works, while allowing their meaning and possible interpretations to remain flexible. Rosa Barba's films construct utopias, possible worlds. Michel Francois' sculptures have multiple meanings result from confrontations with other sculptures, as well as the exhibition space and the artwork/space relationship. Mathew Hale describes his collages and drawings as the results of 'associative improvisations'. Santu Mofokeng discovered photography as a reporter in the streets of Soweto. The Elisa Pone's last work associates images of live fires to printed reproductions of collages made from firework rockets wrapping papers.
A gallery exchange
The galerie Michel Rein is pleased to welcome Carlier | Gebauer (Berlin) for the second edition of Berlin-Paris, a gallery exchange. Open from the 29th January to 27th February 2010, the group show is built around a common project between the two galleries and presents the works of Saâdane Afif, Rosa Barba, Michel François, Mathew Hale, Santu Mofokeng and Elisa Pône.
Experimenting with multiple art practises, and with no predetermined media, Saâdane Afif works on the exhibitions themselves and the receiving conditions of his oeuvre. He presents here two “sculptural” works, while allowing their meaning and possible interpretations to remain flexible. The ready-made Essence draws its inspiration from a Parisian gas station sign. Saâdane Afif is laureate of the Marcel Duchamp price 2009.
Rosa Barba’s films construct utopias, possible worlds, which evolve from a craving to take action, which is produced by the voids and displacements of our everyday reality. Those displacements are what Barba’s films often start from; their characteristics lead her to filmic interweavings of realities and potentialities.
In her use of film formats, celluloid and projectors, Barba (born in 1972) is assembling an installative set up for an artistic production in which film is employed to register asynchronicities and breachings in past and present.
Born in 1956, Michel François lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Alongside his photography practise, the artist develops a particular use of sculpture and installation. Michel François unfolds a vast and complex oeuvre organised in rhizomes allowing him to proceed in thematic and formal cutout. His sculptures have multiple “meanings”; this variability/versatility results from confrontations with other sculptures, as well as the exhibition space and the artwork/space relationship.
The Belgian artist Michel François had just recently his extensive solo exhibiton at the SMAK in Gent.
Mathew Hale (born in 1962) describes his collages and drawings as the results of « associative improvisations », thus elevating chance as the selective tool and development agent of his works.
His taste for diversion produces some unexpected links between heterogenous images and in turns creates a political and/or humorous language.
Born in 1956 in Johannesburg, Santu Mofokeng discovered photography as a reporter in the streets of Soweto. Both political and poetical, his work is tied with Black representation in South Africa and to the hardship of their life conditions. With a snapshot quality, his photographs are imbued with some piercing plastic and atmospheric traits mixing steams, sounds, smells and brutality. The galerie Michel Rein has presented Santu Mofokeng in the group exhibition Self-portrait I & II in 2004
Born in 1979, graduating from the Art School of Cergy-Pontoise, Elisa Pône was offered a solo show at the galerie Michel Rein in 2008. 'Indeterminate activity and resultant masses' (2009) associate images of live fires to printed reproductions of collages made from firework rockets wrapping papers; the remains of past pyrotechnical performances by the artist.
Image: Rosa Barba, Let me see it, 2009
16mm film, optical sound, 4.10 min, ed. 5 + 2 a.p.
courtesy the artist and carlier | gebauer
Open 29th January 2010, from 5pm to 9pm
Galerie Michel Rein
42 rue de Turenne, Paris
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