Tiziana La Melia
30 June 30 August 2016
A slightly ironic title, hinting at the ever strong demand for what is new, the contemporary greed for necessary and incessant novelty, thought as the only possible issue. Therefore, to meet this requirement, the exhibition will bring together new works, as well as some artists such as Tiziana la Melia, a young Canadian artist, and Dasha Shiskin, a Russian artist living in New York, who have yet never been shown in Paris.
Tiziana La Melia’s works, shown for the first time in Paris, are both figurative and abstract, with formal and human experimentations. Using various mediums, the young Canadian artist examines themes such as passion, desire, and finds her inspiration in mythology, female icons, and teenage years. Language is essential in her works, which become real stories.
Guillaume Pinard, for this new exhibition, gives up drawing and painting for pastel. The bursting colours and shapes, typical of his work, are emphasized with this new medium. With hundreds of historical references, ludicrous or unusual characters, everyday objects diverted from their common use, the artist takes the spectator into a strange universe, always tinged with irony and derision.
Stéphanie Saadé, an artist who comes from the new contemporary Lebanese scene, creates simple, very delicate, conceptual and sensitive works, such as Moongold shown in this exhibition. In this series of photographs of the moon taken at random by the artist, the star, which looks very small, is gilded.
Dasha Shishkin, an American artist of Russian origin, is exhibited for the first time in France. Her works are full of strange scenes and people, bordering upon comic and grotesque, fiction and reality. Her drawings, often painted, carry the spectator into a parallel, fantastic universe, where imagination is infinite, and the rules of our world do not apply.
Céline Vaché-Olivieri mostly uses pottery to express herself, a medium in which chance and unpredictability are very important. This uncertainty is an integral part of the artist’s work. Then a dialogue begins between control and what cannot be overcome. In this way, Céline Vaché-Olivieri’s whole work is based on oppositions: precision and chance, composition and decomposition, opposite movements…
Alun Williams’works balance between historical paintings and abstract compositions. By accidental connections and absurd situations, the artist combines natural and urban landscapes, historical figures and paint stains. In his paintings, the well-known characters of History meet and come across abstract shapes, giving birth to compositions both powerful and surprising.
Tiziana La Melia uses writing, painting, sculpture and performance in installations, which intertwine thoughts about the female archetype, auto fiction, passion and desire. Her work explores the potentiality of language slipping into shape, and balances between representation and abstraction whatever the mediums.
Her work has recently been shown in solo exhibitions such as Innocence at Home in CSA Projects (Vancouver), The Eyelash and the Monochrome at Mercer Union (Toronto), Lot at The Apartment (Vancouver), and Neck of Thirsty Flower at Exercise (Vancouver)…
Her works have also been presented in collective exhibitions in Parc Saint Léger (Nervers), in Oakville Galleries, Division gallery (Montréal), Mint Project Space (Columbus), gallery Ghebaly (Los Angeles)…
Several critics and journalists have written about her work, among them: Karina Irvine, Martha Kirszenbaum, Gaby Moser, Rosie Prata…
“So, very early, I started considering art works as doors, and I can tell that I am still trying to stand on their thresholds.” Guillaume Pinard.
Guillaume Pinard studied at Rennes fine arts school. He is a well-informed observer of art and cultural artefacts, of which he examines the hidden circumstances and meanings. If he often defines himself as an artist who draws, he also uses many mediums such as painting, sculpture and video animation, and explores very eclectic styles. For about ten years, he has been appropriating past artworks, making copies of them, and has been forward-looking with illustrated fiction.
His work has been presented in solo shows such as La diligence, at gallery Anne Barrault in Paris (2016), Du Fennec au Sahara, in Chapelle du Genêteil in Château-Gonthier (2015) and Un Trou dans le décor at Quartier in Quimper (2015). And also Royal Iris at gallery Anne Barrault in Paris (2014), Vandale at BBB in Toulouse (2013), Trésor in Cajarc Art Center (2012)…
His works have also been shown in collective exhibitions at TEAM gallery, in NY, at Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, in Paris and Salzburg, at Portique, in le Havre, in FRAC Limousin, in Rennes Fine Arts Museum, at la Station in Nice, at Atlanta College of Art Gallery.
He is the author of AMOR (2015), Un art sans destinataire (2015), Le Clou sans tête (2008)…
ovince of lovesong, eroticism, humour and grotesque.
Dasha Shishkin graduated from Columbia University (MFA, New York, 2006), and from the New School for Social Research (BFA, New York, 2001). Her work has been presented in solo shows, such as erry icket, in 2013, at Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum, I Surrender, Dear at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, SAMMY at gallery Gio Marconi in Milan, BB5 at Griffelkunst in Hamburg, and Desparecido at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York.
Her works have also been shown in collective exhibitions, among them One Torino: Shit and Die at Palazzo Cavour in Turin (curator, Maurizio Cattelan), Imaginary Portraits of Prince Igor Met gallery in New York, Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia, London Saatchi Gallery, Idealizing the Imaginary: Invention and Illusion in Contemporary Painting, Oakland university Gallery, and Embrace; Denver Art Museum.
Dasha Shishkin is represented by Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects (Culver City, CA).
Her work has been exhibited in various institutional places (La Galerie in Noisy-le-Sec, Arco in Nevers, La Permanence in Clermont-Ferrand, projects with La Mobylette in Bordeaux, Instants Chavirés, in the Vestibule de la Maison Rouge in Paris, the Art Centre Les Capucins in Embrun, Salon de Montrouge, La Couleuvre in Saint-Ouen…)
courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects