Still unable to reopen its doors, Le Grand Café chooses to continue its work of accompaniment and support for artists. And if this cannot be seen from the inside, it will be seen from the outside!
Since we need to open up our imagination,
Since we want to rediscover the pleasure of creating and sharing,
A sequence of three different universes is presented in the windows of the art centre for the arrival of spring. It proposes an immobile journey through the artistic practices of Côme Clérino, Noémie Goudal and Adrien Vescovi.
A project to walk past, to stop, to be astonished, to breathe… which shows us that art is only waiting for our gaze, and that when we wish it, the view can remain beautiful.
Côme Clérino’s practice conjures up painterly gestures that he applies to disparate substances. He works with raw materials, often drawing on the construction industry, and amalgamates them to create hybrid, almost organic, forms with a particular attention paid to colour. The artist, who describes himself as a painter, uses his favoured ceramic technique to work with the play of transparency, opacity, surface and relief. He exploits the porosity between materials to create environments that are, according to their scale, decorative or even ornamental: kinds of fictional worlds between domestic spaces and exterior places. By bringing a form of preciousness to building materials, a poetry of the everyday arises.
Noémie Goudal’s landscape photographs swing between the realism of the scientific references that inspire her and the artificiality of a décor. If the illusion appears perfect at first, the artist takes pains to leave some visible clues that reveal, in part, the process of fabricating the image. The image doesn’t lose its magic because of this, on the contrary: shunning special effects and photomontage software, Noémie Goudal experiments with an empirical way of constructing the image on the spot, anchoring fiction at the heart of nature. The resulting landscapes lead us towards a poetic elsewhere, where notions of place and time fade away.
Always mutating, Adrien Vescovi’s paintings are the outcome of a long fabrication. Like an alchemist, he uses dyeing processes to experiment with colours appearing and fusing on his canvases. For the Alphabet series, he builds his palette from natural pigments extracted from the ground in the Vaucluse, the Roussillon, in Burgundy, but also from Italy and Morocco. The colours impregnate the fibres of the textiles and the memory of place is inked into matter. The assembled recycled sheets, sewn together, form strata of territories and histories.
His loose canvases are suspended in the small room of Le Grand Café; through the windows they give a rhythm to the space with the play of appearance and openings, suggesting any number of possible monuments or ephemeral compositions. In a reversal of his older works, where the body passes through them, the artist asks us to take time to halt and contemplate. In this new series, created in the introspection of lockdown, letters appear and reveal a coded, encrypted writing. It shows itself today in public for the first time, like an invitation to unpick the ties between language and matter.
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