Born in 1968 in London, Andrew Lewis lives and works in Argenton-sur-Creuse. He develops the idea of interaction between characters both human or sculpted and their immediate environment, which tends to create a group dynamic. His works show all the innovation and ingenuity that we’ve had to use to develop within the bosom of society which in turn has begun to function like an organism abolishing its own privileges, thus breaking the codes that it had eagerly created not so long before. Andrew Lewis intends to make an original synthesis between the painterly transposition of calm and hieratic characters and time in its most fleeing, mobile and evolving aspects. His figures evoke Robert Musil’s ones. They are men and woman without evident “qualities” who, once freed of the sediments of their own milieu and epoch, become extremely sensitive to all experiments and act as a sort of trans-historic multiple conscience.
His work is present in the following institutions: Arts Council Collection, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; FRAC Alsace, Sélestat; FRAC Limousin, Limoges. Exhibitions: Vers une boîte éclairée / Crystal Palace Transmissions, Art:Concept, Paris (2016); Les filtres harmoniques, Art:Concept (2012); Archi-Peinture, Le Plateau/Frac Ile-de-France, Paris & Camden Arts Center, London (2006).
Born in 1980 in Bordeaux, Alexandre Singh lives and works in Paris and New York. In 2012 he was awarded the Meurice prize for Contemporary Art. His work is characterized by a protean nature, evolving between writing, performance, collage, installation and sculpture. Far from creating hermetism, all these different practices work together to constitute a complete oeuvre that questions the human nature, its genesis, its defects as well as the multiplicity of its facets. The artist’s references are just as eclectic and vast; giving birth to characters and stories indistinctively inherited from popular culture – the advertising and television world – and the classical dramatic repertoire (Molière), as well as ancient Greek comedy (Aristophanes). This assemblage of images and references evokes his early collage series The Economist (2006) and Assembly Instructions (2008-2011), series that drew their sources as much from Montaigne’s Essais as from Ikea catalogs. In 2012 he directed his first play, The Humans, developed during his residency at the Witte de With and presented at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, as well as at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and at the 2014 Avignon Festival.
His work can be found in the collections of several institutions such as the National Centre for the Visual Arts Paris, the FRAC Pays de la Loire (Carquefou, France), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Recently, several solo exhibitions have been dedicated to his work both in Europe and in the United States; in 2011 he presented his The School of Objects Criticized at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) – (originally shown at the New Museum in New York in 2010 ) – and Assembly Instructions: The Pledge at Monitor Gallery (Rome) and Art : Concept (Paris), (also shown at the Drawing Center (New York) in 2013). That same year he presented The Humans at Metro Pictures (New York) then at Sprüth Magers, London, in 2014. In 2019 he presented a monographic exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (California).
Much of Deller’s work is collaborative; it has a strong political aspect, in the subjects dealt with and also the devaluation of artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. The great strength of Jeremy Deller’s artworks is that they directly raise the question of the sacredness and untouchability of spaces, social codes and emblems of power and even more so of political, economic and religious powers. Whether it’s stepping on Stonehenge’s sacred ground, jumping on it or highlighting popular culture, evoking music fans or the British, it’s all about mass creative power. Rather than fearing or suffering the powers in place, it results in a confrontation between history, culture and heritage. The work of Jeremy Deller is to be experienced by all and for all, he invites us to create a participatory work where everyone has a role to play. His artworks, trans-historical and partisan of free expression as a vector of values and meaning, initiate a dialogue between cultures, people, the past, the present and what could be the future. In a society that claims to open up access to culture and continues to provide a model to follow on what is culturally and intellectually acceptable from what is not, Deller gets away and plays with these societal stereotypes by focusing on subcultures, folklore, people.
He won the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2010 was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). His work is present, among others, in the following institutions: FNAC, Paris; FRAC Nord-Pas-De-Calais; FRAC Pays de la Loire; FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu; Tate Modern, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Recent exhibitions include : Warning Graphic Content, MAMCO, Genève/CH (2022) ; Wir haben die Schnauze voll, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn/DE (2020); Everybody In The Place, The Modern Institute, Glasgow/UK (2019); English Magic, British Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale/IT (2013); Sacrilege, Esplanade des Invalides, Projet Hors les Murs, FIAC Paris/FR (2012); Joy In People, Hayward Gallery, London/UK (2012); D’une révolution à l’autre, Carte Blanche à Jeremy Deller, Palais de Tokyo, Paris/FR (2008)
Vidya Gastaldon was born in 1974 in Besançon. She lives and works in Brénod, France.
With her mystical, fantastical and extremely vivid approach to art, Vidya Gastaldon develops a sort of harmonisation of qualities both spiritual and physical. Allergic to any attempt to control and restrain her universe, she delivers a cosmic overview combining Hindi divinities, Muppet-Show characters and Christian references. Her work, reminiscent of artists such as Turner, Burchfield, Blake or Bunuel, is extremely multi faced and deals with the divine, the hallucinatory but also with everyday life. In a mixture of sacred, sensual, tongue-in-cheek and sometimes provocative creations, she manages to establish a connection between “being” and “meant to be”. She engenders new beliefs, and by means of negative and positive impulses she pushes social unconsciousness out of the way, liberating our collective thought of the predefined egregores that oblige us to keep reproducing spiritual and social patterns.
Her work is part of the following collections: Frac Normandie, Rouen; Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Brest; Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Jenisch Museum, Vevey; Kunst Museum Bern; CNAP, Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; Collection Région Piémont, Turin; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; MAMCO, Geneva; Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Selected solo exhibitions: J’aurais voulu qu’on s’aime tous, Wide, Genève (2020), Objets peints au feu de bois, Art : Concept, Paris (2019); Push the earth with your knees, the sky with your head, Art Bärtschi & Cie, Geneva (2017); Les Rescapés, Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne; Hello From the Other Side, Art : Concept, Paris (2016); Tu es Monstrueux et je t’aime beaucoup, MAMCO, Geneva (2012); Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan (2009), among others. In 2019 her work was part of the group exhibition ‘Futur, ancien, fugitif’ at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.