Reader’s Digest

Impressive first exhibition outside his gallery wall, Sebastien Ricou shows American painter Keith J. Varadi at L’ancienne Société Bruxelloise d’Electricité. A must-see before 25 October. 

“Things aren’t much wilder, I don’t think, than they were back then. Of course I just read about all the goings-on now.” is the press release.

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L’ancienne Société Bruxelloise d’Electricité
Rue Vanderstichelen 106, Brussels 1080, Belgium map

Date:  September 11 – October 25, 2014

Hours: Saturday 2pm–6pm or by appointment

www.keithjvaradi.com

Jill Mulleady, a dancing painter

The gallery Island in Brussels is showcasing work of artist Jill Mulleady in a solo show “El Dorado” until next Sunday. The artist, who used to be active in theatre, shows her latest work in this exhibition, replacing the canvas by iridescent plastic sheets and integrate painting in installations. 

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After intending to become a theater director, she heads back to childhood favourite activity painting and attended the Chelsea College of Art. Her uncle was a painter and stimulated her to paint by giving her brushes with her name engraved on them when she was 8. She moved since her London solo show in 2011, “Painting rituals” (book published at Shelter press) where she still used white canvas but used it as a base for her spontaneous poetic brush strokes.

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Wars, 2011
Oil on Canvas
160 x 170cm

 

 

 

Her new work is cold, plastic but retains this poetic touch and outlandish feeling conveyed through her gesture. In an exhibition in Paris “Et dans une explosion de joie”, you see her brushstrokes adventuring outside the limits of the canvas on the walls, obeying only her personal rules, focussing on the process.

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Better to go and see the exhibition for yourself on Chaussée de Wavre in Brussels, but hereunder a couple of pictures from the show, courtesy to Island gallery. She once again conceived the exhibition in situ creating a dialogue between the space and her work.

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Island 155 chaussée de Wavre – 1050 Brussels

Jill Mulleady website.

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Meticulous brush strokes of Marlene Dumas

It has been a long time since I last posted on this blog, mainly due to my intense other projects and being a young mother, but when I visited the Marlene Dumas’ exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam yesterday I thought, I really need to get back on blogging and post about this! I always admired the work of the South-African Amsterdam-based artist. This large exhibition, first time in the Netherlandssince 20 years, is a must. Moved by details of her paintings, I decided to show only a teaser here: the way she alternate thick paint and diluted paint to portray bodies, the meticulous way she conveys emotions through the eyes expression and the suggested brushes stroke showing feet and hands. The exhibition is on until January!

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Marlene Dumas: The image as burden

6 September 2014 until 4 January 2015, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

Discoveries at FIAC 2013: Peggy Franck

After two years of pregnancy and maternity leave, I avoided large fairs such as Frieze and FIAC, but this year was time to go back. Although it is always unpleasant to walk around a fair, it is also exciting to be able to discover in such a densed surface new names and artworks. Today I would like to present works of the artist Peggy Franck, who is not mainly a painter but showed “paintings” at the Amsterdam based gallery Diana Stigter, which represents also another artist I cherish Aukje Koks  (and who has a show on 30 November for the Amsterdam Art Week-end).

 

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Peggy Franck – Unexpected things came thick and fast, 2013
Acrylic paint, spraypaint, gouache on paper, C-print

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Peggy Franck – Unexpected things came thick and fast (The continents), 2013
Gouache, ink, spraypaint, acrylic paint on paper, C-print

 

Peggy Franck (*1978) is a young Dutch artist working with different media photography, paintings, installations. Her work is based on her practice in the studio mixing daily object with material such as Plexiglas, mirror, tape etc, a process she started during her residency at the Rijksacademie where she studied back in 2005-2006. She knows how to skillfully mix reference for the viewers, is it a painting, a photograph, abstract, showing her studio, or not. From what I saw at the Diana Stigther stand at the FIAC, I particularly liked the way she worked on a print with different type of paint, blurring the limits between photography and painting. But a larger work, a painted photography of her studio shows the relevance of her practice showing a playful theatrical context intertwined with a puzzling narrative.

Read more abour Peggy Franck’s work in this article by Zoe Gray in Code 2.0, Numéro 6, Spring 2013

 To see more of her work, see artnews.

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Peggy Franck, Group exhibition at Diana Stigter It might as well rain until September, Part 2 (2013)

 

Yonghi Yim’s painted collage

With great surprise I discovered last week a micro-exhibition of Yonghi Yim which took place at Hectoliter gallery in Brussels from Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June. Working with wood and paper collage, she uses the rigidity of the first as a marker for the latter. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

 

 

 

Dip into human psyche with Gaillard and Claude

Last week, I went to one of my favourite gallery in Brussels MOT INTERNATIONAL where they have currently a show on portrait Repeated Affinity featuring works of Aleksandra Domanovic, Gaillard & Claude and Manfred Jade. Although I found the work of Domanovic and Jade very interesting – it is photography, I would like to show you the work of Brussels based duo Gaillard and Claude who create their own marble paper, which represent a mental “painting” of our mind.

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MOT INTERNATIONAL describes the work of the artists as a portrait of a society:

“Both of the works Untitled from the series Le groupe et la famille by Gaillard & Claude are exposures of the human psyche. The artists have produced two pieces of unique marbled paper, together with a single handmade 250 gram pill of paracetamol. This combination of a trivial remedy, enlarged to give it the potential to heal hundreds of people’s headaches, together with the dense, abstract magma of the marbled paper, confronts the viewer with a simultaneously chaotic and calming nebula. The works can be described as atmospheric portraits, in which a group of individuals is depicted in eternal motion between the personal and the collective.”

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Unfortunately the show ran until 16 March, but I am sure there will be other occasions to see the work of the duo.

Repeated affinity
curated by Constance Barrère Dangleterre
26th January 2013 – 16th March 2013

MOTINTERNATIONAL BRUSSELS – Rue Vandenbrandenstraat 1, 1000. Brussels, Belgium

Painting versus Object

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Being ourself working on a Painting vs Photography exhibitions (Ponyhof team is back to work after a long maternity leave break!), we got quite caught by the title of Standpoint gallery’s latest exhibition in London: PAINTING-VERSUS-OBJECT running until 8 december. Exploring the added-value of contemporary painting nowadays, we are quite interested in the interaction between painting and the 3D.

The starting point of this exhibition is the same one anyone dealing with contemporary painting would start with. Painting is seen as derelict, “dangerous, anachronistic, overemotional, disengaged with current practice in current academic driven circles.” This is why we often observe a shift to installation, performance or digital media in painting students’ curricula. This being said, any visits to exhibitions, galleries or museum contest this fact and proves that painting is still a valid contemporary practice.

PAINTING-VERSUS-OBJECT looks into the “territory negotiated between painting, painters, objects and the wold they inhabit, from contrasting perspective.” While some artists presented are engaged with collaged paintings (John Holland, Katja Pudor), other are creating painterly constructions (Clare Mitten, Sean Edwards, Mia Taylor) or painted structure (Andy Wicks).

Sadly, we cannot be right now in London and can only rely on the pictures but would encourage you to go if you can and give us your impression, whether it is as good in real as it promises! It finishes on Saturday 8 December though.

Standpoint
45 Coronet St, Hoxton, London N1 6HD
standpointlondon.co.uk

Open Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm

Until 8 December

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