Martina Simeti inaugurates the programme of her renewed gallery at number 4 Via Tortona in Milan with BROOM: the first solo show in Italy by the French artist Sylvie Auvray.
Paris-born, class of 1974 and highly versatile, Auvray has long dealt with the images and forms that come into her life and which condition our relationship with reality. Her series of brooms – made of ceramic, vegetable fibres, fabric and metal – reflect the sideward gaze cast by the artist over the everyday dimension in order to highlight the potency of the object. The handles of these baseless sculptures prevent them from being held, yet at the same time they seem to withhold the electric charge of a dance. The bestioles that live inside them subtly provoke the domestic space, bringing malice and play into the nooks and crannies where things usually lie still.
Difficult to classify, Auvray’s research plays on the dichotomy poised between two worlds and two levels: the material and the spiritual, high and low, earth and sky, the static and the dynamic, like Legba: a Voodoo godhead that gently shifts the order imposed onto objects, engendering chaos.
After the preview last September and in the light of renovation works also intended to create a residential area for visiting artists, Martina Simeti’s exhibition and project space will invite artists, designers and other creatives, both Italian and international, to explore and ‘blur’ the distinctions between conceptual and applied arts, between handicrafts and design.
Sylvie Auvray completed her studies at the École des Beaux Arts de Montpellier and at the City & Guilds of London Art School. She simultaneously began to work both in the realm of fashion with Sonia Rykiel and Martine Sitbon and in the world of art, exhibiting in the early 2000s at the Galerie Jean Brolly in Paris followed by numerous exhibitions both in private galleries and museum venues, including: South Willard, Los Angeles (2019); CAC Brétigny (2019); FRAC, Champagne Ardenne Reims (2018); Gagosian Gallery, Geneva (2018); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris (2017); Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris (2016); Chantal Crousel, Paris (2013); MAMCO, Geneva (2012); Le Consortium, Dijon (2011).