Lisha Bal, Adam Ogilvie, Liliana Porter, Morten Schelde, Mathias Schmied, Fidel Sclavo, Sophie Toulouse
Josée Bienvenu Gallery is pleased to present a Saturday morning with a record duration of 38 days. In an intense world it would relieve if, for a while, Saturday mornings would extend to the rest of the week.
Adam Ogilvie presents a life size bear made of cardboard and dry wall screws. The Trojan beast, peacefully asleep on the floor is the sentinel to the surrounding outburst of images. Paris based artist Sophie Toulouse creates a colorful wallpaper installation, a dreamy landscape based on her ongoing project The Nation of Angela, a utopian island where communal ideals coexist with fashion, glamour and luxury. Lisha Bai examines the materiality and function of walls by constructing architectural images from joint compound in relief on drywall panels.
Liliana Porter’s Drawing Man is a sculpture that draws. It is a wall calligraphy in progress where a minuscule figure on a pedestal creates a gigantic graffiti on a gallery wall. Fidel Sclavo‘s videos and watercolors based on Vermeer pay tribute to the background in painting. They reveal the importance of the unperceived and deconstruct the obvious through a succession of close-ups and removals. Mathias Schmied manipulates comic strips and magazine images. In his ongoing series Venetian Blinds, he transfers images from pornographic magazines onto pristine sheets of paper. The result is a soft, ghostly and almost abstract image. Danish artist Morten Shelde’s colored pencil works are a strange mixture of consciousness and automatic drawing. The single-family houses with Warhol-posters and classical Danish furniture are transformed into mysterious scenery, where something uncanny infiltrates the everyday comfort zone.