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1 avril 2008 2 01 /04 /avril /2008 15:09

For his return to Galerie Daniel Templon since 2003,  engages both spaces of the gallery with a spectacular exhibition around the figure of Pinocchio. The main gallery will be devoted to a series of large scale painted wood sculptures while our new space Impasse Beaubourg will serve as a showcase for new colorful etchings, inspired by the different episodes of Pinocchio’s adventures.

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Jim Dine
Pinocchio
April 12- May 28, 2008
Opening reception Saturday, April 12, noon - 8pm


Galerie Daniel Templon
Impasse Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 7 PM
www.danieltemplon.com

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11 mars 2008 2 11 /03 /mars /2008 00:42
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Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya City, Japan, Mamiko Otsubo lives and works in Brooklyn, USA. Mamiko Otsubo’s objects and drawings deal with the subject of landscape: Sun, clouds, water and mountains are the kind of leitmotifs that appear in her work, fractured into abstraction.

Her polished surfaces with their carefully coordinated color and material combinations aim at a direct and sublime perception of traditional pictorial themes. Otsubo, who was born in Japan and now lives in New York, combines the visual elements of the different cultures that have influenced her with playful perfection and a touch of humor. She radically reduces the shapes she has borrowed from nature and interweaves them with elements taken from architecture and design. In this, she has particular recourse to the formal vocabulary of 20th-century modernist furniture design which, in turn, takes its inspiration from the fine arts.

MAMIKO-OTSUBO---culturecie.com---arts.jpgThe family of work produced by Otsubo for Art & Entrepreneurship demonstrates the whole breadth of her artistic oeuvre. For example, her star-shaped sculpture Stars references the 1960s design classic called "The Butterfly Chair", as well as a romantic idea of nocturnal bliss. In her work "Milky Way" she leads viewers astray, tongue in cheek, as they see themselves confronted with a misappropriated bench. Rather than applying the set of entrepreneurial values to her work as a subject matter, Mamiko Otsubo states that "it was more appropriate for me to think of them [the values] as essential elements in a tool kit for me as an artist."

Mamiko Otsubo’s work is located in an area of conflict in terms of cultural theory, comprising
as it does nature, design and art, and continues the modernist debate. Otsubo came to public attention in New York in 2005 through a project in the public sphere for the famous Public Art Funds and her participation in exhibitions at the Sculpture Center in 2007 in Long Island City.


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10 mars 2008 1 10 /03 /mars /2008 23:58
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Born 1980 in Milan, Italy, Nicola Gobetto lives and works in Milan, Italy. Nicola Gobbetto is interested in the language of form and the possible shapes form can take, in forms that are formless, and in their complete dissolution. He takes as his starting point themes from art history, popular history and the children’s world – as regards the latter, in particular interpretations of fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney.

NICOLA-GOBBETTO---culturecie.com-expositions---arts.jpgHe then abstracts or alienates these forms to the point where they become irritating and disturbing. The sculpture named Boys & Girls that Gobbetto has devised for Art & Entrepreneurship is made up of a series of pink and bright-blue triangular shapes, each mounted on three legs with industrial castors attached to them, enabling the piece as a whole to mutate and transform easily in space. The colors refer to the social convention of gender color coding for infants and contrast sharply with the almost ridiculous form (minitables on wheels), while at the same time the triangle echoes the geometrical shapes of constructivist abstraction.

The explicit wonder and fascination for the workings of society is something that occurs in many of Gobbetto’s works. Here the triangular minitables can be understood as representing individuals or clusters as part of a whole, thus literally describing the various entrepreneurial values that stood as a starting point: The Italian’s style stands out for its ostensible naivete and innocence while always containing autoreflective and satirical traits in its acutely penetrative presentation into social conventions. It is this ability that makes Gobbetto such a lovable rascal among the new generation of artists. Nicola Gobbetto’s works went on show in 2007, among others, at Centre PasquArt in Biel, in Rome’s Palazzo Fendi and in the Museo Pecci in Prato. In 2007 he was nominated for the renowned Furla Prize.

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10 mars 2008 1 10 /03 /mars /2008 23:33
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Born 1979 in Fribourg, Switzerland, Fabian Marti lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland, and Los Angeles, USA. Fabian Marti’s photographs and sculptures reflect his fascination with primitive cultures and the worlds of symbols they create, and with subcultures, circles and music scenes. His large, dark images are infused with enigmatic symbolism, something pointed up by the use of symbolically charged objects, their arrangement and striking repetition.

A-Life-That-Lasts-Eternally--2007---fabian-marti---culturecie.com---exhibitions.jpgAs a response to the values of entrepreneurship set by Credit Suisse, Fabian Marti developed two images, both playing on the Family topic. They each show a bright palm of the hand on a black ground, with the lines, furrows and folds of the hand black, evoking a strangely occult mood. In order to achieve this effect, Marti dyed his palms with a stamp pad, impressed them on white paper, scanned in the impression, and then inverted the image. Family is expressed in a multitude of ways, all of them recurrent topics in the young work of Fabian Marti.

For one there is the idea of genealogy and the question of heritage and timeline. Another approach to the work is the depiction of the father figure as in having a biological father, but also inspirational father figures. The method that Marti has used to produce this work can be described as photogrammatic scanning and has been perfected by the artist. The scanner is used instead of a camera, with the objects to be depicted placed directly on the scanner glass.

By leaving the scanner’s lid open, the incipient light both creates a dark depth and lends the objects a surprisingly three-dimensional feel. Marti’s nascent symbolism succeeds in creating a strange and unique life world that is to be located somewhere between horror movies and the fantastic realm of romance novels. The artist has held solo shows at Peter Kilchmann Gallery in Zurich, Alexandre Pollazzon in London, the Volkart Stiftung in Winterthur and the Salon Vert in Prague.

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10 mars 2008 1 10 /03 /mars /2008 01:23
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Markus Miessen, born 1978 in Bonn, Germany, and Ralf Pflugfelder, born 1975 in Kösching, Germany, both live and work in London, UK, Zurich, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany.

MIESSEN---PLOUGHFIELDS---culturecie.jpgThe globally operating architects Miessen & Ploughfields were invited to design the exhibition architecture of Art & Entrepreneurship due to their practice of adopting architecture as an intersection for dialog and for their spatial thinking referencing art, infrastructure and alternative modes of production. The architecture was designed as a result of the extreme demands of a globally traveling exhibition – dealing with highly diverse spaces. As the show spends more time in containers and par avion than within the institutions that house its actual content, the storage system that guarantees safe shipping was considered – as objet trouvé – an integral part of the exhibition. The resulting installation consists of a variety of spatial constellations of storage crates that become the primary structure that exposes the art to the audience. Zones defined by gray felt and electric bulbs reference the idea of the collector’s home.

Miessen & Ploughfields have built a gallery space for Max Wigram Gallery in London and a site-specific installation titled The Violence of Participation for the Lyon Biennial 2007. They are now working on a number of projects in locations ranging from Switzerland to the Middle East, including a high-alpine residency and institute that accommodates the private library of the Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, which will be made publicly accessible. Markus Miessen is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, London. Ralf Pflugfelder has worked as an architect in Berlin, New York, Paris and London. His work has been published in a range of international architecture and design periodicals.

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Born 1966 in Moscow, Russia,
Pavel Pepperstein lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia. Pavel Pepperstein is one of the most influential artists of the new generation in Russia.

In 1987, he cofounded the experimental artists group Inspection Medical Hermeneutics, which, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, developed a critical approach toward the influence of Western culture on Russia. Unlike the generally euphoric mood of the day, with its emphasis on the new, these artists created a complex, autistically shaped system of forms and language that critically examined the infiltration of Western influences.

PAVEL-PEPPERSTEIN---culturecie.com---arts---exhibitions.jpgFor a collective exhibition in 2008, Pavel Pepperstein reacted to the alleged set of entrepreneurial values from Credit Suisse with the manifestation of two values. He thus created two drawings. Both depict a vast landscape with tiny people moving about in the foreground and a line of mountains in the background. The primal geometrical forms hover over the sceneries like humorous religious icons and are of a purported naivete, which is aligned to the tone of children’s books. Each drawing carries one central big word, again crayoned with lovable diligence: Basis and Hope. Both terms are not actual values. Nevertheless they outline a certain understanding at the core of the values in question. Basis is the foundation of Family, Knowledge and Network, whereas Hope is the driver for Vision and Social Responsibility. In other words: Basis and hope fuel the values cherished by the entrepreneur. Without a basis, without hope, life and business are not manageable.

Pepperstein’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, such as the First Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, the Moscow Conceptualists at the Kupferstich-
kabinett, Berlin, Berlin / Moscow at the Martin Gropius Building in Berlin, and many others. In 2007 a special representation of his work was held at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel.

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Born 1972 in Barcelona, Spain, Ester Partegàs lives and works in Brooklyn, USA. One of the topics Catalan artist Ester Partegàs has been addressing in her latest work is the tension between consumption and excess, and the ever-hardening climate of surveillance and control, which has taken grip of public and private spaces. Her work is formally located in the pop tradition, yet ideologically it is shaped by a critical dimension. Her most recent series of works consists of collage-like manipulated photographs and is called We the People. The black-and-white photographs show street scenes in New York with people pushing into one another while holding on to their shopping bags. Partegàs has used bright spray paint to blot out the people’s heads. It is a device that strengthens the anonymous side of the urban scenery by obscuring identities.

undefinedThe link to the entrepreneurial values of Credit Suisse (2008 exhibition) lies in the consumerist mood of the work, oscillating between excitement and critique. As Ester Partegàs’ art takes on the realm of human interactions and its social context, the value she is most preoccupied with is Social Responsibility. One of the questions which absorbs her work is "how can art in our Western consumerist environment contribute to the emergence of a rational society?" It is typical for Partegàs’ objects to have a subtle power of provocation, which plays on social processes and conventions. The urban city model is spreading over the world, and space is getting cramped and expensive. To question the conditions of interhuman relationships and economic exchange is essential for both artists and economic leaders. Ester Partegàs will develop a new piece for Art & Entrepreneurship.

Her works were showcased in 2007 among others at the 2nd Moscow Biennial, the Reina Sofia in Madrid and in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.

Website: www.esterpartegas.com

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10 mars 2008 1 10 /03 /mars /2008 00:26
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Delia Gonzalez is born 1972 in Miami, USA, and Gavin Russom in 1974 in Providence, USA. They both currently live and work in New York, USA, and Berlin, Germany.

Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom have been working collaboratively in a variety of media for the past seven years. The US duo has made a name for itself both in electronic music and in the contemporary art scene, although today it is hard to draw a clear distinction between the two domains.

GONZALEZ---RUSSOM---culturecie.com---expositions.jpg For Art & Entrepreneurship Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom have produced a modular sound sculpture which is a contemporary labyrinth. The installation combines electronic sound with reduced modular sculptural forms. The labyrinth is historically a place of initiation and transformation. Its architecture leads one through a circuitous path, confusion and disorientation rising until the center is reached, a metaphor for the spiritual journey inward.

Then one undertakes another disorienting journey out, a metaphor for the return to society as a completed and whole individual. According to the artists the set of entrepreneurial values can be read as an analog for this evolution of passing through the labyrinth as they describe the process by which individuals engage themselves and then society, beginning with inner Vision and eventually – fuelled by Knowledge – moving outward toward Social Responsibility.

The interlinkage of stringent conceptual forms and a mythical experience of space is one of the unique properties of works by Gonzalez & Russom. In 2006, the duo exhibited in the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland, and in 2005 in the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, New York, USA. They also held performances at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, and at the Hamburger Kunstverein in Germany. In 2007 they showed at Fonti Gallery in Naples and at the Art Statements section of Art Basel.

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Born 1973 in Erkelenz, Central Germany, Michael Bauer lives and works in Cologne, Germany. He is a member of the young avant-garde painting scene. And yet he cannot be assigned to one particular school or other, instead inventing unique forms of painting that challenge our perceptual faculties and interpretative frames. Bauer produces his paintings on beige or brown background. And on this neutral backdrop, his strange compositions float.

Figuration and abstraction merge to form hybrid shapes that have the feel of grotesque children’s dreams. Surrealistic associations, geometric shapes and esoteric-spiritual themes blend into a new whole that triggers a panoply of associations in the viewer. For the Art & Entrepreneurship exhibition tour Michael Bauer has contributed one of his typical cacophonies of figurative and ornamental elements. The evolving personality on the canvas can be described as vaguely canine, sporting a round brown nose and a black mini bowler hat. Bauer’s paintings are not about the characterization of a certain person, instead the artist is interested in the very idea of representation.

For the auction Michael Bauer will produce a new painting inspired by the set of entrepreneurial values provided by Credit Suisse. Bauer’s painting is highly dynamic and each picture has the energy of a rock concert. Which is no coincidence, as the artist is a member of the Cologne noise band Die Bäume. There, painting and music fuse, generating an intangible primordial brew of the new, a microcosm of the unfathomable and monstrous, of pure corporeality and wild fantasy. Together with Tim Berresheim, in 2002, Michael Bauer opened the Brotherslasher exhibition space in Cologne. He has held solo shows at Hotel in London, Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich and the Kunstverein Bonn. In 2008, he takes part in the show The Triumph of Painting: Germania at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

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9 mars 2008 7 09 /03 /mars /2008 00:19
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Jennifer Allora, born 1974 in Philadelphia, USA, and Guillermo Calzadilla, born 1972, in Havana, Cuba, both live and work in Puerto Rico Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have been working collaboratively since 1995. Their work encompasses the media of sculpture, performance, architecture and social or public intervention, thus reflecting on the complex intersections of global politics and personal identity.

Often their activities take place outside the institutional art context pointing to disturbing conditions or issues, and in doing so provoke a public discussion which actually reaches out to a broader public. Most importantly though, their conceptual work, albeit critical, is underlined with poetry and playfulness that make it most enjoyable to experience. Specially for Art & Entrepreneurship the artists have developed a new photographic work: Figures Of Speech. The piece continues the artists’ investigation into the meaning and impact of political rhetoric in the international arena. Utilizing images from recent world events, the newspaper cuttings spell out quotations, whereby the images collected function as letters forming a type of human alphabet. The letters made of pictures spell out iconic quotes ranging from Ronald Reagan’s statement “I Am A Contra”, delivered on March 4, 1987, addressing the nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy; to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s famous statement “I Don’t Feel a Thing”, said in response to news reporter Peter Jennings’ question “What do you feel in returning to Iran?”

In 2000 Allora & Calzadilla could be seen in a large international context at the Havana Biennial. This was followed by participation at the Tate Modern, London, the 51st Venice Biennial, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 2007.

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