10 IMPASSE SAINT-CLAUDE
We are pleased to introduce RESTONS UNIS, a collective initiative that brings together twenty-six Parisian galleries. Throughout this summer, each gallery will present a selection of works, available in our Viewing Salon as well as exhibited in our Saint-Claude space in Paris.
In its second iteration, the seven participating galleries chose the song title You’ll Never Walk Alone, which was written in 1945. The record became an immediate success during the Second World War, as many people had a loved one fighting in the frontlines. Today, the song echoes our current global situation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a message of hope and solidarity.
The galleries will feature the artists aaajiao, Kaoru Arima, Sylvie Auvray, Pia Camil, Pierre Clement, Claude Closky, Justin Fitzpatrick, Laura Gozlan, Hendrik Hegray, ICY AND SOT, Florence Jung, Li Shurui, Teresa Margolles, Théo Mercier, Vincent Olinet, Marion Scemama, Alain Séchas, Abdul Rahman Katanani, VHILS, David Wojnarowicz and Zevs.
Galerie Valeria Cetraro presents the works of Pierre Clement, Hendrik Hegray and Laura Gozlan. Founded in 2014 in the Parisian neighbourhood of Le Marais, the Valeria Cetraro Gallery took the name of its founder and moved to a new exhibition space on Rue Caffarelli (Paris, 3rd arrondissement) in 2019.
Born in France in 1981 Pierre Clement mostly dedicates his work to sculpture and installations. Finding inspiration in alternative cultures and the underground side of the Internet, his works highlight some particularities of our collective imagination: sci-fi, hacking, survivalism, satellite mapping, biotechnologies, military imagery etc. His works exhort the viewer to question his own vision and certitudes.
Laura Gozlan was born in France in 1979. Her installations, videos and sculptures question the links between subculture and Posthumanism, their founding myths (New Age, Cybernetics) and their dystopias. Within her installations, the artist creates video fluxes along the lines of the Expended Cinema by assembling images she borrowed from the giallo, 70-80’s anticipation films and scientific documents.
Hendrik Hegray was born in Limoges in 1981. A self-taught artist with a background in publishing and music, his practice includes a variety of mediums such as drawing, collage, sculpture, publication, photography, video and sound. Hendrik Hegray's works are visual traps dismantling codes, hacking into the act of creation itself, in order to create a wild, worrying and joyful kaleidoscopic imagination.
mor charpentier is pleased to present Teresa Margolles and Théo Mercier. mor charpentier was founded in 2010 by Alex Mor and Philippe Charpentier. The gallery is established in the Marais district in Paris.
Teresa Margolles’ works examines the social causes and consequences of violence. She has developed a unique, subtle language in order to give a voice to invisible subjects, the silenced victims of conflict, abuse, migration and poverty. Margolles is personally engaged with the communities she collaborates with, working on the ground, listening to and empowering the participants in her artworks. A highly committed political artist, she offers an insight into intersectional forms of oppression and violence in the present, highlighting the role of economic, gender and race discrimination.
Théo Mercier was born in Paris in 1984. He lives and works in Paris. Sculptor and stage director, Théo Mercier works on the relation between the work and its environment. In his installations, he mixes his own sculptures with objects or artifacts he collected over his travels, and seeks to create a real choreography of the eye for the viewer. The diversity of the collections thus gathered is an image of what globalization is ; their arrangement evokes a certain archeology of the future where strangeness, poetry and humor emerge from unusual reconciliations.
Danysz gallery presents artists aaajiao, ICY AND SOT, Abdul Rahman Katanani and VHILS. Danysz gallery was founded in 1991 by Magda Danysz. The gallery is also established in Shanghai since 2009 and in London since 2019.
aaajiao is the alias and online handle of Xu Wenkai, one of the most prominent figures of internet art and post-internet art in China. Born in Xi’an, China in 1984, the artist is an avid experimentalist, he borrows in his work elements from architecture, electronic music, performance arts, product design or even medecine. His work centers on technological trends, addressing the issue of the blurry boundaries between virtual and non-virtual. In this piece, human emotions are rendered on LED screen with as few pixels as possible .Anger, laughter, sadness appear in turn over a cold blue glare, failing to conjure up empathy from the viewer. Careful now, the artist seems to say, for when humanity ventures too far in the realm of digitalization, we become ourselves subject to data loss and deterioration.
Abdul Rahman Katanani was born and raised in the Sabra refugee camp in Lebanon among a community of stateless people. The artist uses barbed wire, corrugated iron, pieces of wood and oil barrels, recycled materials that are actually “domestic” materials for the Palestinian artist. The recycling of materials, the misuse of their original purpose and their assembly are characteristic of Katanani. By extending the trunk of an olive tree with barbed wire to artificially reconstitute its branches and foliage, he hybridizes two inherently opposing materials : one natural, living, and a symbol of peace (olive wood), and the other inert, man-made, evoking repression, separation and even torture (barbed wire)
ICY (born in 1985) and SOT (born in 1991) grew up in Iran and now live in New York City. ICY and SOT’s stencils first began to garner attention in the 2000s in the streets of Tabruz, a city in northern Iran. The artists transcend their experience of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world free from borders, was, and violence.
Alexandre Farto, alias VHILS, was born in 1987 in Portugal. The artist seeks to put Man back in the center, to reaffirm his importance in the face of economic rationales and of a mass urbanization of which we know today how much they can take precedence over individuals.
Laurent Godin features works by French artists Sylvie Auvray, Alain Séchas, Claude Closky and Vincent Olinet . The Laurent Godin gallery took the name of its founder and has been established in 2005. The gallery was first installed in the Marais district before moving in the 13th district in Paris in 2017.
Sylvie Auvray was born in 1974 in Paris where she lives and works. The artist expresses herself through multiple media: painting, drawing, sculpture, all driven by a personal universe nourished by diverse inspirations. Her production is overwhelming; she experiments with the most various techniques and all kind of mediums with a specialty in ceramics.
At first sight, Claude Closky is an artist who rubs shoulders with immateriality. He is at ease with electronic media, and some of the objects he makes do not reveal themselves instantly: the books, for example. Among the materials he uses — images, texts, numbers, and sounds sampled from our environment — language seems to be the most direct instrument of appropriation. But this does not make his work any less concerned with its material specificity, its degree of visibility, with how it occupies the space. Closky takes hold of the most ordinary modes of everyday communication and lays open its forms by discreetly re-articulating it, or redistributing visibility or words.
Successively, marine carpenter, baker, marble designer, jeweler, photographer, lumberjack, painter... Vincent Olinet seizes willingly craftsman’s tools and materials, entertain himself in copying their gestures (without however obeying to technical, esthetical or functional obligations). He takes simple and universal forms over and, with diligence and ingenuity “remakes”. He creates marvelous, enchanting that turns out to be made of illusions, subterfuge and vain promises... A wonderful world of fairy tales created out of cardboard, artificial castle life, melting down birthdaycakes…
Whether he does abstractions, flowers, portraits, genre scenes, Alain Séchas is a modern: ”my paintings are to be taken at face value,” he says willingly. His distanced and elegant art fully assumes the seduction inherent in painting and therefore, first and foremost, the seduction of colour, in the manner of the joyful hedonism of a Matisse. Colour is alive. In his methodical and jubilant way, the artist juggles with genres and colours, certainly contributing to the magical study of happiness that Rimbaud invokes in O seasons, O castles. Séchas experimented with polychromies of all kinds, garish, neutral or muffled, incongruous and exciting chords of tones. For example, the recent paintings of Fleurs rejoice with their discordant tones. Exuberant and artificial, these anthropomorphic plants come towards us, threatening us with their carnivorous or poisonous allure.
New Galerie features four artists: Zevs, Li Shurui, David Wojnarowicz, Marion Scemama and Florence Jung. New Galerie has operated in Paris since 2010. The gallery is focused on an exhibition program of international contemporary artists punctuated by key historical shows.
Zevs (Aguirre Schwarz) was born in Paris in 1977. He lives and works in Paris and Berlin. The artist “liquidates” logos in the public space by painting over them in the same colour. The gesture and the logos are serial; however each liquidation creates a specific narrative, linked to the context associated with the brand as well as the specific shape of the logo. The process has been expanded in paintings on canvas and in installations.
Li Shurui was born in Chonqing, China in 1981. She lives and works in Beijing and Dali.The artist spray paints round canvases, creating an optical three-dimensional effect that emulates moons. The artworks all required the artist to dedicate a significant amount of time and work. While we question our relationship to the natural environment and to production, the slow processes displayed by the artist also invite us to think about our place in the world.
David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992) was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. Wojnarowicz channeled a vast accumulation of raw images, sounds, memories and lived experiences into a powerful voice that was an undeniable presence in the New York City art scene of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. Through his several volumes of fiction, poetry, memoirs, painting, photography, installation, sculpture, film and performance, Wojnarowicz left a legacy, affirming art’s vivifying power in a society he viewed as alienating and corrosive.
Marion Scemama is a French photographer and filmmaker based in Paris. In 1983, she met David Wojnarowicz in New York where she lived for five years. From this encounter was born a special friendship, that will last for nine years, marked by a mutual support and numerous collaborations (photos, texts and videos). In 1991, one year before David Wojnarowicz’s death, they undertake together a journey into the American South-West, which will become his last trip.
Florence Jung writes scenarios that infiltrate reality. Her scripted situations are built around a system of clues, absence, and rumor. Drawing from the social sciences as well as literature and philosophy, her work explores the paradoxes of contemporary life, our relationship to uncertainty, and the narrative potential of suspicion.
Édouard Montassut presents a series of paintings by Japanese artist Kaoru Arima (Born in 1969). Édouard Montassut is an art gallery in Paris, founded in 2016.
“Kaoru Arima makes small impressionistic portraits. The coloured paint is dabbed onto a black painted background whose square shape is reminiscent of a Polaroid. Sometimes the painting bleeds over the edges of the black background, giving the face a blobby, intrusive cool look while reminding us that portraits, an academic form par excellence, are historically linked to the invention of the background. Kaoru Arima’s close-up portraits are unrecognisable. They seem to have been taken with a flash, as if they were going to disappear or shatter immediately afterwards; these portraits are pictorially unstable. The fact that in Arima’s paintings the eyes are all burnt out / gouged out suggests that the subject of this interdependency moves towards the expropriation of one’s self by the image of oneself—beginning with the loss of one’s eyes […]” — Alexis Vaillant
Sultana features works by Mexican artist Pia Camil and Irish artist Justin Fitzpatrick. Sultana gallery is named after its founder Guillaume Sultana. The gallery has been installed in Belleville since 2014.
Pia Camil (b. 1980) lives and works in Mexico City. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Drawing inspiration from urban forms and mechanisms of exchange, in particular her relationship to Mexico City where she lives and works, Camil’s immense sculptural installations are comprised of t-shirts acquired from the street markets of Iztapalapa. Pia Camil deconstructs the t-shirts and then sews them together, creating large stretches of fabric reflecting the markets which are housed under patchwork awnings of stretched tarpaulin. Pia Camil’s Bust Masks draw from Carl Jung’s notion of the Persona, a metaphorical mask an individual wears in relation to a society. Camil integrates the aesthetics of primitive masks used in ritual performances to render a physical manifestation of the Persona; a dual reference to the role that that the public plays in activating her art, and the politics of consumerism and commerce.
Justin Fitzpatrick (b. 1985, Dublin) lives and works in Bruxelles. Fitzpatrick is interested in the transmission, on a viral level through history, of textual and visual influence. He sources medieval illumination, Renaissance painting, anatomical diagrams, Constructivist design, and sci fi book covers, among other elements, to transform his philosophical inquiries into visceral imagery. With echoes, too, of the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and the Surrealists, his works embody a palpable tension between their visual acuity and the drama, desire, and, at times, violence of their symbols and metaphors.
This Vehicles n°1 is taken from a series of three resin sculptures by Justin Fitzpatrick dedicated to Blake, Kosofsky Sedgwick and Whitman. The artist has translated a section of Blake’s Milton - where Milton lite-rally enters Blake’s foot - into sculptures that refer to each of the three personalities whom they are dedicated. The work’s sandaled feet with bare thigh bones and twisted vines and veins protruding from it remind of Blake’s legendary but very direct and passionate images.