From 01/05/2019 until 31/05/2019
Opening in CAP Gallery - Monday 30th of April 2019
Digital technologies are shaping the way we act and interact with our daily environment. In this era of ubiquitous digital flows and artificial intelligence fed by big datas, men have entered a new space of sensitivity. In the framework of an unique partnership between Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), the French Institute of Kuwait and HORS-CADRE gallery, “Digital Flow” showcases two emerging French artists who reveal, each in their own way, the influence of digital technologies on the perception of our contemporary reality.
Mathieu Merlet Briand (ill.1) continuously explores our relationship to the Internet, a relationship he describes as “an illusory matter” for we mostly ignore materiality of this cloud, its functionality, as well as its real impact on the environment. By using big datas as a medium and through the algorithms he develops, this digital native shapes data flows in order to create tangible materialisations. Abstractions, relics, crystallisations or fragments of the World Wide Web, his protean work gives body to digital ecosystems in the form of lenticular prints and sculptures, thus questioning the internet materiality while raising the issue of its environmental impact.
Fascinated by water, as a fundamental source of life and for its symbolic power, César Bardoux (ill.2) explores this natural element under all its forms. If the starting point of his artistic research is the creation of Computer Generated Images, the artist leaves digital tools behind in favour of traditional techniques, such as oil painting and charcoal, when it comes to realisation. In his work, new textures of hypermodernity collide: the fluidity of the digital, symbolised by water, overflows geometrical patterns that have the precision of the most technical optical instruments.
“Digital Flow” therefore proposes a reflexion on the impact of technologies on artistic processes and researches. On a wider scale, it also showcases a new sensitivity toward the nature and environment with, as a background, the ecological stakes of our present times.
Mathieu Merlet Briand
Digital native and coming from a farming family, Mathieu is interested in the influence of technology on the perception of our contemporary reality. He questions the internet materiality and its representations. It seeks to translate the spiritual experience of the internet user, the imagination of the surfer facing this endless flow of information. In his projects recurrently emerges environmental issues and questions regarding the almost divine image associated with the giants of the web. Abstractions, relics, crystallizations or fragment of the World Wide Web, his protean work materializes mainly in sculptures and multimedia installations.
Mathieu Merlet Briand has participated in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in France and abroad, including : the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art at the New Tretyakov Gallery, the exhibition "The Synchronicity of Elements" at the Contemporary Art Center of Nîmes, "Parallel Call" in the collections of the Musée des Arts et Métiers of Paris and the "Kerkennah01" festival in Tunisia. Mathieu Merlet Briand is also a teacher - researcher in Art & Design. He notably worked at EnsadLab, Parsons School, Paris College of Arts, Sciences Po.
Inspired by nature and geology, César Bardoux draws since childhood. From this slow and meditative practice arise works of rare technical mastery in which a "mysticism of matter" takes place. His interest in the elements, especially water, which exerts a sensory and instinctive fascination on him, is omnipresent in his oil paintings made from 3D images modeled on software. César Bardoux's works, made from computer-modeled 3D images, show aquatic objects subjected to all forms of physical phenomena: gravitation, magnetism, confrontation with the rock... Although of numerical origin, the forms are actually painted on a canvas, by hand, by the artist.
A graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2017, César Bardoux began his research on water three years ago. It is through several mediums - oil painting, geometric sculptures and graphite drawings - that he explores its symbolic power as much as the urgency of the ecological issues that are linked to it.
César Bardoux has participated in several group exhibitions, notably at Da End Gallery, "Open" in Stockholm KKH and the second edition of the Yvon Lambert exhibition for young artists. His works have also been presented at the YIA Art Fair at the Musée Cognacq-Jay and at the Galeristes fair by HORS-CADRE gallery. César Bardoux was the winner of the 2017 Contemporary Drawing Prize.