Biography

Born in 1976, Whitney Bedford lives and works in Los Angeles. Bedford uses her own mark making to bring the original source material of her paintings into the realm of the imaginary. Layered with both ink and oil paint, romantic scenes of destruction, calm at sea, and migrating birds are manipulated to the point of abstraction, showing only vestiges of her starting point.

Bedford’s process has shifted in her recent works. In past paintings, drawing was used to create an architecture for gesture. Now, though the paintings technically begin with the drawings, a painstaking process of masking and unmasking pushes the drawn flora to the fore and places the viewer at a further distance from the pastoral scenes behind or outside of the space of drawing. The distance created between painting and drawing underscores Bedford’s archival research and careful selection of images that seem to belong to a lost or disappearing world. Her new drawings are part of an encyclopeadic exercise the artist is pursuing. Every day she draws a woman who persisted in solidarity and to continue unwavering support of women who are challenging the world to be better. She considers these to be votives of support, and part of the proceeds will go in donation to Emily’s List, helping elect anti-racist progressive Democratic female candidates.

Her work is present in several international collections such as: Eric Decelle, Brussels, Belgium; Francois Pinault Collection, Paris, FR; Ginette Moulin and Guillaume Houzé Contemporary Art Collection, Paris, FR; Hammer Museum, Hammer Contemporary Collection, Los Angeles, US; Jumex Collection, Mexico City, MX; Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Miami, US; and The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. Awards: UCLA Hammer Museum Drawing Biennal, Los Angeles (2001); Peggy Guggenheim Studentship, Venice (1997).

Selected solo exhibitions include: Vielmetter, Los Angeles (2020); Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago (2018); Saatchi Gallery, London (2018); Starkwhite, Auckland (2016); Taymour Grahne, New York (2015) Vielmetter, Los Angeles (2011), Houdini: Art and Magic, Jewish Museum, New York (2010).

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Born in 1977 in Brive La Gaillarde, Julien Audebert lives and works in Paris. Following different processes around photography, installation and text, the artist puts the mixing of visible and legible to the test. Whether dealing with cinema or photojournalism, History is the main subject of Julien Audebert’s work. He splits it into periods, segmenting its course to retain only its key moments or conflagrations. His proposals very often are materialisations of a point of tension (or a climax to use the language of cinema) of a political or military nature, in which geographical characteristics play a special role.

His most recent series of paintings “Les Obsidionales” are small format oil paintings on copper which were produced following Audebert’s work entitled “Les Nocturnes.” Here the flowers have been literally bought back from war (the wars of the 19th and 20th centuries), transported on the soles of shoes of the soldiers, in their hair and on their flesh. They are thus flowers of war, framed in the center, like a child would. This work also comes from the tradition of painting on wood panels, essentially in northern Europe that the artist discovered in Belgium and Holland. This practice is close to enamel or to silver smithery.

His work is present, among others, in the following collections: Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; FRAC Auvergne; FRAC Haute-Normandie; FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon; FRAC Pays de La Loire; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Solo exhibitions include: L’atelier fermé, commande publique de la commune de Varengeville, dans le cadre du cinquantenaire de la mort de Georges Braque, Varengeville/FR (2012); Les Jeux funéraires, Art:Concept, Paris (2011); Fort du Taureau, In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand (2009). Selected group exhibitions/festivals: Acta est fabula, École des beaux-arts de Nîmes/FR (2019); Pool Internationales, TanzFilmFestival Berlin, Dock 11, Berlin/DE (2019); The LA Dance, Film Festival, Los Angeles/US (2018); Mars et Venus, Phases d’Oppositions, le Portland Danse Film Fest 2017, Portland/US (2017).

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