10 November 2022 – 20 November 2022
Born in 1998, Dorian Balsegur is a French painter based in Paris. His paintings are conversations, shifting away from silent art. A process where we collectively understand some parts of the work, but through personal reading, using our experiences and perceptions, we complete the missing parts by making our own relation and interpretation of the work. Through a studied cryptic narrative, Dorian creates stories with a central message; characters, conflicts, morals, and perspectives. Translating concepts into a visual language almost unconsciously through the paintings. Aiming to question contemporary challenges facing our society as a collective and as individuals.
MATHIEU MERLET BRIAND
For the creation of his works, Mathieu Merlet Briand synthesizes thousands of images, videos and digital data. Via algorithms, that he develops, through recycling processes, and analogies to nature, he shapes flows of information, in order to create tangible mate- rializations. Abstractions, relics, crystallizations or fragments of the network, his protean work, materializes in sculptures, multimedia installa- tions and kinetic works. Influenced as much by the history of abs- traction, the artists of Land Art, as the New Realists, his creations are linked to Digital Cultures. The subjects developed in his work are mainly between Nature and Technology. It seeks to translate our contemporary hybrid reality between “Information Age” and “Antropocene” and to pro- mote Nature in order to promote ecological transition. In my abstraction work, which I qualified as «NEO-TECHNO-NA- TURAL-ISM», through flows of informations, I seek to a form of synthesis, of absolute, of purity, of «sublime». I seek by this to take a step back, to materialize our sensitive experience of our current world, to represent the hybrid perception of our contemporary reality, between our screens and our environment, between di- gital cultures and ecologies, between the “Information Age” and the “Antropocene” – Mathieu Merlet Briand
In her transversal approach, the image holds a central role. Juliet Casella’s burlesque compositions oscillate between dark humour and despondency, always with the same aim: to express and conjure up the violence of the world. Sometimes her work is frontally political and deals with current issues such as immigration or sexism. But often, the politics are insidious, almost hidden. Because collage is above all an art of subversion: subverting an image, diverting it from its initial context to give it back its strength and insert a powerful message. Juliet Casella began painting in 2020. Her pictorial work is resolutely childlike: acidulous colours, flat pictorial treatment, and use of acrylic. Her method of creation derives from her collages, whose compositions she uses: she chooses images that she assembles together and then paints them with acrylic. This way of sublimating the image of the Internet, perpetuating this constant flow in the timelessness of painting is a form of manifesto: popular culture and the Internet have their place in contemporary art. Developing transversal, multidisciplinary work is also a way for her to militate for a decompartmentalization of disciplines. In contrast to a fragmented art history, she places digital collage, video art and painting on the same level. In 2021, she was selected to join Artagon, famous artistic residency in Marseille. She is currently preparing several exhibition projects.
Salomé Chatriot’s artistic work focuses on the creation of physical and virtual spaces: she builds machines and installations where electronic sculptures and digital images coexist. Fascinated by the way science treats the body(s) through the objectivity of data, she uses potential futures and new technologies to shape a fluid, digital and precious identity. In disagreement with the techno-negative attitude, the ecosystems Chatriot produces always bear the mark of a certain healing. The well-being she wishes to convey often involves the real-time diffusion of organic flows such as breathing, fluid circulation, and [al]chemical transformations. In her artistic creations, the process is as important as the result: experimenting in the manner of a scientist; with rigour and precision. A scientist capable of merging the body, the machine and nature to give shape to hybrid entities drawing the contours of a future era of art where material and virtual creations cohabit and exchange harmoniously.
Emile Degorce-Dumas is a French artist, born in 1986, living and working in Paris. Emile Degorce-Dumas is fascinated by the ancestral and animist rites of his childhood spent in Guyana, which he hybridizes with the codes of contemporary Western culture. Thus shaped, in sculptures or installations, he charges them with a kind of absurdity. Dreamlike, falsely naive, and a bit frightening, they carry a powerful and contradictory power of attraction and repulsion, thus questioning the deep roots of the role of magic in our contemporary societies. His work of observing nature transforms him in turn, into an anthropologist, healer, and even huckster, characters that he embodies in particular during performances.
Samuel Fasse is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Paris. After studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Samuel Fasse returned to Paris, where he resides and works. He has taken part in various solo and group exhibitions, notably at the Palais de Tokyo, Nicoletti Contemporary, as well as at Charraudeau gallery. He was also invited to take part in various conferences at the Gaîté Lyrique, during the ‘Galleristes’ fair, and at the Ricard Foundation. His works have been exhibited in France and abroad at Galleria Continua, for the Biennale de Nice opening ceremony and the Rencontres d’Arles closing ceremony. Also in Germany (run space Bistrot21), in London (Nicoletti Contemporary, Hoxton Docks), Brussels (Stems gallery), and on many digital platforms: State Of (Milan), Spaced in Lost, Sajetta, in the permanent collection of the MOCDA museum, the Moleskine foundation, and the Mobilier National. He took part in fairs such as NADA, Frieze LA, ‘Bienvenue Art fair’, and the program of FIAC, and was nominated finalist for several prizes: Lumen art prize, FOAM talent, and BMW Art Makers. The performative project he is currently working on will be shown in Copenhagen, Berlin, Shanghai, and Comfort Moderne in Poitiers. Alongside his long-term project, ‘Big World’, with his colleague Salomé Chatriot, he created his own line of fanzine editions and art merch, under the name of Studio Fasse (2018), unveiled at the Yvon Lambert gallery-library and Joyce gallery. Samuel Fasse creates collaborative work, according to the context of places and temporalities, modifying its appearance throughout the various monstrations. It sets up a multitude of elements that feed each other. Textile creations, such as banners, are the starting point of these cycles. They feed the semi-fictional universes he builds with the help of the different protagonists, who feed the project. He becomes an observer, where creation is self-sufficient. These other modes of representation, communication or expression of/for bodies in movement that activate environments go beyond the tangible aspect of what they embody.
“The research that organizes my work focuses on memories, the impressions we have when faced with stories, on aesthetics as well as on the traces left by culture. It is also about our projections, which transform them, in the face of our desires and our anxieties. My latest paintings offer entities imbued with different icons, sacred figures, and images linked to the past or scenes borrowed from everyday life. These compositions and the characters who appear in them question the notions of presence, memories, and incarnation.”- Antoine Larrera
Jan Melka, a French-American painter, lives and works in Paris, France. Since September 2015, she has devoted herself to artistic research, on the edge of abstract expressionism, by creating her own actions with reconstructed figures. Using lines, curves, and elliptical contours, the young artist interweaves them to better twist the polished, idealized vision of the human body that contemporary society offers us. Black, precise, and without ever losin their volume, Jan’s lines transcribe her most intimate and ephemeral emotions. At the same time, she reveals her desire to let the body speak, the bursts that go through it, and the times that damage it.Jan composes her drawings with the fervor of the masters of yesterday, and with the creative freedom of her own generation – a contrast in the image of her graphic ambitions, in black and white.
Matisse Mesnil was born in Castiglion Fiorentino (Italy) in 1989. He currently lives and works in Paris. Matisse Mesnil is a visual artist who has also worked as a film decorator. He is interested in urban spaces, in particular the dialogue between landscape and environment. His work pays particular attention to what Gilles Clément defined as third landscapes, a liminal space where the natural and the artificial meet.
Nikkria is a visual distortion. Nikkria is a distorted interpretation of the personality represented, which is meant to be romantic and aggressive. The works are pixelated like a new interpretation of Impressionism.
Niels Schack is a polymath artist. Painter, snowboarder, and musician, he searches for the lines where these worlds blend and merge together. Born in Annecy, he lived in Sri Lanka and Iran with his family, then resided for a long time in Ferney-Voltaire. It was in 2015, after studying in Quebec, that he opened his first painting studio in Montreal and since last year has lived in Geneva. Self-taught painter, Niels makes you travel in his own world, which is balanced between dream and reality.
Born in Paris, Charlie Tronchot is a photographer and director who splits her time between London and Paris. Graduating from École cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland in 2019, Tronchot specialises in fashion and still life imagery, where she works on either a commissioned, editorial or personal basis. Previously Nick Knight’s photo assistant, she is also an active contributor to SHOWstudio. Ambiguous in message, and strikingly abstract in style, Tronchot’s work often tackles themes of nostalgia in mother nature. Her finished pieces – polished and glossy – have a dreamlike quality that effortlessly captures the viewer’s attention. Her work is rooted in creating artificial images that play around with ‘natural/organic’ elements, manipulating them in such a way that changes their appearance and message entirely. Her work’s ambiguity is what keeps the onlooker’s attention, meaning her viewers are left pondering over what they’re looking at, how the image was created, and if the artwork was even manipulated at all.Speaking of her artistic process, Tronchot claimed she ‘(doesn’t) necessarily have a creative process’, going on to admit that she ‘works in a rather intuitive way, experimenting a lot. I experiment with many cameras, from analogue cameras to newer technologies through to less conventional cameras like thermal cameras or photo scanners.’
Carmen Woreth is a graduate of Ecole de Condé, who considers herself a young photographer in plastic exploration.
“I revolve around photography, this medium which questions and fascinates me.”Her subject matter, epoxy resin, is translucent and shiny, triggering her desire to create and innovate. Her series, Monster Flowers, is a fleeting emotion captured by resin.”Transient effervescence, sometimes elusive, becomes a memory. Inspired by the swirls of water and its random visual distortions, I freeze a reflection, capturing a mineral wave. From my hand comes a fluidity of furtive and poetic movement. This series is composed of 17 photographic sculptures with a viscous and dripping appearance. Each piece is unique. From photographs that I have taken, and thanks to resin, this translucent and shiny material, freezes a random movement and creates a three-dimensional object image.
Between photography, sculpture, painting and 3D, I question the classic aesthetic codes of photography, as well as its primary sense of reading.”
LAURA MARIE CIEPLIK
Laura Marie Cieplik is a photographer and director based in Paris. Originally from the South-East of France, Laura Marie has worked closely with the world of fashion and cinema since her early twenties. Self-taught, passionate, and with a wealth of experience of several years in the social sector, her work explores themes such as youth, identity, and gender, as well as the universe of the city and the night.
Suffo Moncloa was born in Madrid, currently living between Paris and Spain. His photography works span fashion, beauty, and fine art. He is an active practitioner of analog photography and photo lab printing. Being an ardent seeker of beauty among the mundane everyday ordinaries, as he would describe himself, he uses photography as a medium to construct a serene and meditative space for himself and his viewers. More than 20 years of exercise have come to sculpt his photographic style and language. Yet, Moncloa doesn’t want to be defined. He never stops to elaborate on his universe by questioning and refining it. His inspiration for fashion photography includes notably paintings by Velazquez. He self-published two photo books, Evidence in 2019 and Walk to The Moon in 2021.
Jody Rogac is a photographer centred on portraiture and fashion. Raised in Vancouver, Canada, Rogac intuitively draws from nature. Rogac’s empathy and sensitivity, coupled with her command of light, space, and depth of field, enable her to create natural compositions engrossed with refinement and intelligence. Rogac is currently based in New York.
Fabien Vilrus is a self-taught photographer from Reunion island and is now based in Paris. He started to develop a particular eye in his work by mixing cultural documentaries and artistic imagery. His work started with “Beliver”, a short film focusing on beliefs and superstitions among the islander community (featured in Dazed magazine), and « La Kaz », an exhibition at Balice Hertling challenging the misconceptions of islanders among the rest of the world by portraying local youth and traditional homes.He now pursue this body of work through fashion too, exploring a future and fantasized form of creole culture living in our society.
S// [SALOMÉ CHATRIOT & SAMUEL FASSE]
Following their meeting as part of the collective exhibition, Spaced in Lost, at the Charraudeau gallery in Paris in 2018, Samuel and Salomé decided on a long-term creative partnership. This project, Big World, designates a context of reflection and production that will evolve over the course of the exhibitions. Around this common thread come to aggregate the different projects, as many ways to develop one or another aspect of the ecosystem in question. Through Big World, Chatriot and Fasse wish to explore the multiplicity of dimensions in which a human being can exist today. A world that will eventually include all creative endeavors made under the S// name. Unlike dystopian scenarios from the collective imagination, this project aims to consider a new form of interaction. An interaction not of animosity – but of fascination and coexistence between what is considered artificial and the real human being.