“Le Jardin des songes”
A bucolic aura will take place at The Switch: Skoya Assémat-Tessandier’s new exhibition will present a series of paintings involved with a sublime atmosphere. From 2nd of June until July 23rd, visitors of “Le Jardin des songes” will explore a scenario built in the gallery, evoking an oneiric experience leading beyond rational mind’s constraints. The set of 11 paintings was started in 2014, 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 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 color 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 Assémat-Tessandier’s career 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 overflow. 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 “La Ville-Lumière”, he has lived in many different cities since then: this nomadic life has shaped his artistic influences 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.
The young gallery, located at Rua Heróis de Quionga 54D, was born with the vocation to give new strengths to the Artist position in the current Art World, presenting emerging talents in frequent exhibitions. This year, The Switch has presented five exhibitions and many solo shows are confirmed: Gonçalo Aires de Gameiro, Sébastien Zanella, Hugo Cantegrel, among others will join the calendar.
“Le Jardin des Songes” will open on Friday 2nd of June 2017, from 6pm to 12am, and will be on display from June 3rd until July 23rd. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm-7pm or by appointment throughout the rest of the week.