“If there is one thing Richard Fauguet has got us used to, it’s his use of puns and set phrases in the names of his exhibitions, which, in an area of art where seriousness reigns supreme, can be disconcerting. His new exhibition at the Art : Concept gallery is no exception to this (pseudo) rule, and, from the outset, Pipe-Show makes us smile with the promise of an alluring performance.”*
*Excerpt from the press release by Xavier Franceschi, curator of the show.
The gallery team is deeply saddened by the death of Lin May Saeed. Despite this terrible news, we have chosen to maintain the exhibition organized in recent years in collaboration with the artist and his gallery Jacky Strenz. Because this exhibition was so important to her, and because we are convinced of the importance of her work, we are continuing this project in her memory with a selection of recent works.
Lin May Saeed’s latest series illustrate a certain narrative of the conflictual relationship between humans and animals, from prehistory to the present day. Her various references, drawing on both Western traditions and her Judeo-Arabic heritage, range from the Animal Liberation Front to Die Brücke and ancient Mesopotamia*.
With enchanting dexterity, Lin May Saeed transforms ordinary, inexpensive materials into something sublime. Far from monumental, their “provisional” aesthetic turns away from traditional production and preservation techniques: marble or bronze are replaced by sculpted polystyrene blocks.*
Art : Concept is pleased to present a new solo show by Julien Audebert.
“Man is this night, this empty nothingness that contains everything in the simplicity of this night, a wealth of representations, infinitely multiple images, none of which precisely come to mind […]. It’s this night that we discover when we look into a man’s eyes – we plunge our gaze into a night that becomes frightening, it’s the night of the world that comes forward here to meet each and every one of us.”*
In his new series entitled La nuit du monde, Julien Audebert translates the philosopher’s nocturnal thought. Hegel developed the idea of thought as a passage between two nights: the one from which we must extract ourselves to gain knowledge, and the more perilous one into which we must plunge again at the end of the mind’s journey.
By painting these portraits on copper, Julien Audebert creates a circulation in which this meaning of passage is embedded. The portrait is built around two holes, the result of an action by the artist who, through this breakthrough, explores the limits of representation and the materiality of his support. Through this gesture, the void becomes the place where the artist’s gaze and that of the viewer meet.
Art: Concept is pleased to present Lazy Self Embrace, Aks Misyuta’s first solo show in Paris.
Her expressive characters, struck by a bright light that contrasts with the black background of the canvas, are immediately recognizable. Both robust and vulnerable in their lascivious attitudes, they seem to silently claim a right to idleness.
Responding to these paintings, bronze sculptures of reduced size, representing bodies deformed by interior tumults and implying the ridicule of monumentality, pushing to the limits of abstraction.
Aks Misyuta was born in 1984 in Bryansk (Russia). She has been living and working in Istanbul (Turkey) since 2018.
She is currently represented by Gallery Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva (Switzerland).
We are pleased to present the first exhibition of the English artist at the gallery. He presents eight new works, between paintings and bas-reliefs, which testify to his fascination for representation, while at the same time exceeding it.
Anthony Green was born in 1973 in Welwyn Garden City/UK.