Gallery owners, the art of conviviality
For its third edition this weekend at the Carreau du Temple, GALERISTES, a show designed by and for collectors, confirms its position as a friendly and accessible contemporary art fair.
Galeriste, a human-sized show, favours exchanges with gallery owners and artists, a conviviality reinforced by the scenographic approach
Upsetting the classic fair codes of closed “white cubes” stands, GALERISTES invites visitors to stroll around in an open space dressed in metal structures reminiscent of the museum’s storerooms. The drawers and picture racks are full of surprises, they push and encourage the visitor to curiosity and exchange. The thirty or so gallery owners attached to the notion of smugglers in their profession present living creation in all its diversity
Some nuggets are revealed during this artistic walk. The Provost Hacker gallery presents a ceramist Davide Monaldi who reproduces simple and delicate objects such as these sharpened chips from coloured pencils, a pile of rubber bands… It also offers Adrien Belgrand‘s hyper-realistic paintings, which look like photographs. In the same spirit, Katarzyna Wiesiotek (Eric Dupont Gallery), a young student at the Beaux Arts de Paris, offers portraits made with charcoal powder, reproductions of photographs that are more real than life. The shadows are soft and delicate. The texture of the skin sublimated by this powder
The sator gallery presents a fine selection of works by Raphaël Denis. In 2015, the artist began work on the plundered paintings and works destroyed by the Nazis. He then proposed burned frames on which the names of the destroyed works “resisted”. He uses it around the autodafés and now presents a burnt library, a dark work whose plastic beauty is astonishing. Continuing his subject around wars, he also shows mini bunkers, war witnesses, which collapse, broken and buried war axes… All presented in a remarkable scenography.
The most spectacular is offered by the Eric Mouchet gallery, which presents a duo show with two emerging artists. Samir Mougas offers a series of sculptures and silkscreen prints on pool materials. The sculptures are elements of a blue cut-out swimming pool enhanced with black parts, fuel tanks for motorized vehicles. This series addresses the issues of over-consumption of water and fossil energy. The other artist, Capucine Vever, is interested in the mobility of the magnetic pole. In this way, it attempts to restore consistency to this invisible territory defined by the displacement of the magnetic pole. The works are made with magnetic steel pieces aggregated in the shape of a giant needle like clocks. Another monumental work, this huge ball of steel wool that symbolizes the roses of Jericho, those desert plants that spend the long dry season in the form of a dried bush that re-grows when in contact with water. Legend has it that they detach and let themselves be swayed by the winds until they find a suitable ground to replant their roots in contact with the water.
Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018
The Temple Floor
4 rue Eugène Spuller
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