Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...
Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Almine Rech Paris is pleased to announce Trail Dust, Thu-Van Tran's first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Thu Van Tran's work consists in a form of writing where words and meanings are considered as signs that can only be activated by an encounter of materials. The title of the exhibition, Traînée de poussière (Trail Dust)1 intersects evanescence and collective memory, beauty and destruction.
For this project, the artist has developed a sculptural language which takes the form of petrifaction, the process by which organic matter transforms into mineral matter. It allows us to grasp both the immediacy of passing from life to death, while placing body and meaning in a mineral and undefined, infinite time. Thus, her leaves, clouds, turtles, blank pages, grey trickles-an ecosystem of signs expressing harmony and discord-will run adrift in the gallery like so many allegories of life and decline.
Then will follow allegories of touch, sight, and speech. The latter, materialised in rubber-vegetable offering or commodity of the colonial age, depending on your point of view-leads us into the metaphysical dimension.
For the artist, mingling an obsession with the past and the present serves to instil the aesthetic experience with a degree of historical awareness that is all too often buried or repressed. Aporias given to melancholy2 which the artist is trying to untangle.
1 Operation Trail Dust was the codename for the Agent Orange spraying programme conducted by the US Army in Vietnam during the 1960s.
2 Alicia Knock describing Thu Van Tran's work
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