Klavdij Sluban, Aliska Lahusen : Japanese Suites at the Canon Gallery
Until September 08, 2018, the Galerie du Canon in Toulon offers us the work of two artists from Eastern Europe whose artistic creation was upset after discovering Japanese culture. Works whose rich variations of black, grey and white reveal a sensitive exploration of an existential quest, what the Japanese artist Takesada Matsutani describes as a“communication of feelings through the creation of beauty in black and white.
Born in 1972 in Lodz, Poland, Aliska Lahusen uses geometric shapes to build a refined world where only sensitivity participates in the evanescence of things. Simple shapes – a circle, a bowl, lines – participate in a luminous and undulating graphic composition. This monastic minimalism invites to the quiet contemplation of a work done with patience and meditation, a penchant for light and vulnerability. Pigments sometimes bring a touch of colour by emphasizing details. The depth is sketched, guessed. The use of lacquer in its monumental, diptych and even triptych formats, and the superposition of layers evoke the power of an art and culture that venerate contemplation. The polished, smooth sculptures evaporate into the vastness of time.
Born in 1963 in Paris of Slovenian parents, Klavdij Sluban realized a photographic project in Japan in 2016 which brought him on the tracks of Matsuo Bashô, Japanese poet of XVIIe siècle, considered as one of the masters of haiku. It is these images that are exhibited on the walls of the Galerie du Canon. His very constructed and structured photographs hide a false tranquility, a power asleep, ready to explode. This duality between external force and internal energy emerges from depopulated landscapes or from these portraits with deep backlighting, where the light, wherever it comes from, reveals the soul of the composition. These contemporary busts, captured frontally, question our humanity, through a long dialogue between these photographs and the spectator.
Until 08 September 2018
Japanese suites: Aliska Lahusen and Klavdij Sluban
10 Pierre Semard Street
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7.30pm
Nocturne every first Thursday of the month until 21h30
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.
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