a show curated by Marie Salomé Peyronnel
with works by 8 French artists
Curatorial statement :
The ability to « copy & paste » makes every single thing easily accessible and… replicable, even Art. Images, words, stories, artworks etc. travel fast. They can be globally disseminated with the click of a button, and duplicated ad infinitum.
The artists I would love to present to this 2016 edition of Spring Break question the new form of duplication caused by the action of « copying and pasting. They do so by challenging its new pace (Is it industrial?) and by evoking its limits. (Is it infinite?) They also question the possible homogeneity that can be caused by « copy and paste ». But, most of all, by copying or working on this concept, the French artists I selected produce something new, they give birth to a new artwork.
This is why my show is called “reproduction”, meaning both procreation and copy.
Léonard Bourgois-Beaulieu (born in 1983) is a French photographer represented by Galerie du Jour in France. From Patti Smith to the Kills and Malick Sidibé, Leonard Bourgois Beaulieu has shot some of the greatest icons and artists of our times. In his series Googlize my work, Bourgois-Beaulieu opens a debate on creation as an unintended copy. By comparing his own pictures (transformed large format Polaroid) to other images on Google he also shows with humor how his transformed large format Polaroid can be shown by Google among pictures of mass market objects such as pharmacy products, questioning in itself the notion of art.
In her series « Arbre de Vie », sculptor Pauline Guerrier focuses on palm lines. The artist who was born in 1990 sculpts palm lines of an entire family into wood and displays them in taxidermy boxes. (She creates the boxes on demand, using palm lines of the collector’s relatives.) In her performance “Dans un instant” she choreographed the replication of these palm lines: dancer Basile Narcy dances on a canvas with a hoop that is filled in with ink. His moves create a new artwork. The performance will take place on Saturday, March 5th, at 1.30pm at SPRING/BREAK.
Sarah Valente (born in 1988) is considered the central dynamic of many artistic projects in, from the creation of the Artist collective La Base to being the founding mother of the renown Parisian fashion house Alexandre Vauthier. Apart from mastering « creative maieutics » and helping many artists, she is a director and photographer herself. Her artworks have been displayed at Galerie de l’échaudée in Paris, Second Sight in St Ouen and Galerie Daguerre in Paris.
Ugo Schildge creates « animated photographs and paintings ». By adding cogwheels to a figurative image, he turns it into abstraction. The mechanism seems to regenerate and reinterprete the image over and over. Before moving to New York, where the Parisian artist is currently in residence at Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, Ugo gratuated from LesBeaux Arts de Paris in 2014 ; went to the Sao Paulo School of Fine Arts and has been Bernard Moninot’s assistant for a while. He is influenced by his former teachers, Giuseppe Penone, Jean-Marc Bustamante and Tadashi Kawamata.
Elsa-Louise Manceaux is a French visual artist living in Mexico City. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL) in 2009. Her current work is principally focused on drawing and painting, which she developps in an intuitive manner. Her research of forms departs from a personal investigation of formal and pictorial aspects of humor, and the possible relations between comics’ compositions’qualities and abstract languages within visual arts. Her artistic practice is also punctuated with collaborations, editorial projects and artist books, and lectures. She was granted with the Startersipendium voor Beeldende Kunst by the Mondriaan Fond (NL) in 2012 and 2013. Manceaux lives and works in Mexico City since 2012
Clara Claus is a French artist based in Brooklyn. She studied interior design at Duperré in Paris and holds a BFA from the Cooper Union. Claus' daily routine of marker drawings drawn from observation is the substance feeding the painting works. In her Fragments project, she builds geometrical modules in the shape of pyramids on which each triangle is a painted fragment inspired by the marker drawings.
In 2015 Clara Claus exhibited at the Basu Foundation in Kolkatta (India), at the Pioneer Works Bookstore in Brooklyn (NY), in the eight rooms of the Chateau Royal in Collioure (France) and at Magda Danysz gallery in Paris. She has performed Graphic Scores at Littlefield, BAM, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn with a number of acclaimed musicians such as Bryce Dessner from the National, Sufjan Stevens, and David Cossin from the Bang on a Can All Stars.
Bruno Albizzati (born in 1988) works mainly with drawing, painting and installation. He is obsessed with abstraction through reproduction – In his series of drawings “Walkways” he is “stone rubbing” walkways and gravestones. He graduated in 2012 from Arts Déco Paris, and was also a student at Beaux-Arts Paris at the beginning of his academic course. That’s where he started feeding his pictorial practice with cross- disciplinary concerns, investing among others, etching and other printmaking techniques, as well as the relationship to literature or poetry. In parallel to galleries exhibitions since 2009 in France, Belgium and Germany, he recently created a theater set, and collaborated with institutional curators such as Odile Burluraux, from Paris Modern Art Museum or Alicia Knock, from Centre Pompidou. He recently exhibited at Drawing Now Paris and Art Stage Singapore.
Radouan Zeghidour (born in 1989) thinks of duplication as a re-creation. He creates artworks in hidden locations - in abandoned subway stations and in corridors under La Maison rouge in Paris- therefore depriving any audience from seeing or copying them and only displays some (wonderful!) traces and souvenirs of the secret installations. This young Parisian artist has won the Thaddaeus Ropac award of 2014 even though his pieces only exist through the visual records he produced of them.
Marie Salomé PEYRONNEL is an independent curator and writer based in Brooklyn. firstname.lastname@example.org