The Switch presents “Le petit Jardin des Songes”, solo show by Skoya Assemat-Tessandier -
[Opening reception: Saturday 7th of April, 7pm-10pm]
For 2018’s 2nd edition of the Cabinet de L’Art, a bucolic aura takes place at The Switch: Skoya Assemat-Tessandier’s new exhibition presents a series of small-scale paintings involved with a sublime atmosphere. From 7th of April until 27th of May, visitors of “Le petit Jardin des songes” can explore a scenario built in the gallery, evoking an oneiric experience leading beyond rational mind’s constraints.
This set of 10 small-scale canvas was inspired by the Dutch Golden Age painting, (17th century), a period through which Artists started to produce paintings of smaller formats to fit in salons of more modest houses, and not only in mansions or churches.
Started in 2014, this body of works emanated from a very passionate momentum in the Artist’s life. Feeling the latent connection with the Romanticism, a tradition’s revival helped Skoya to embody vivid affections in his works. The resultant series brings elements of Impressionism, Fauvism and Pointillism, with a hidden dialogue between tradition and contemporary art themes. Each composition is raised from a vibrant dotted basis, in which abstraction gains life from the representation of the Artist’s muses – a Baroque heritage. Nevertheless, the exhibition requires an effort that stretches beyond visual enjoyment of classical techniques.
Reveries and illusions also play a role in “Le petit Jardin des Songes”, referencing the romantic belief of adopting dreams as an alternative route to the innermost secrets. With Sigmund Freud’s writings, Artists intensely explored the idea of a subconscious mind as a source of inspiration, forging the depiction of their subjective experiences. Skoya’s paintings trigger colour perceptions, like hypnotic trances. In this ritual of transcendence, his inspirational muses dance, pose, rest, and gently doze. Dreams, to the Artist, represent conduits for unspoken feelings and desires, royal roads to knowledge of the unconscious.
Skoya Assemat-Tessandier’s practice can be best comprehended by the ever-present touch of alchemy. His work reflects states of subconsciousness, translated across multiple disciplines such as painting, photography and performance. Since early 2000’s, Skoya devoted himself to create personal techniques, in which intricate textures over flow. His Art embodies “dreams and poems, feelings of love and rage, seasons and celestial bodies, and far beyond”, as he states.
Born and raised in Paris, ‘La Ville-Lumière’, he has lived in many different cities since then: this nomadic life has shaped his artistic in uences and repertoire. Works conceived worldwide were presented in New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Paris.
Currently living and working in Lisbon, where he opened The Switch in November 2016.
| Dates & Information
• Opening: Saturday 7th of April 2018 - 7pm/10pm
• On view from April 7th until May 27th 2018
• Open Wednesday to Saturday - 3pm/7pm
• Rest of the week by appointment
With its Cabinet de l’Art editions, The Switch reiterates with the European conceptualisation of the Cabinets of curiosities, which date back to 15th century. Short-term exhibitions, reserved space with personalised attention, presenting the work of guest Artists, performances and events.
The Switch is an Artist-Run gallery born with the vocation to present young talents and emerging Artists.
| Upcoming Shows
Group Show: May 17th - May 20th
Diane Giraud: June 1st - June 24th
Basile Jeandin & Skoya Assemat-Tessandier: June 29th - July 22nd
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
| THE SWITCH
Rua Herois de Quionga, 54D
1170-178, Lisboa / Portugal