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Lumière Noire - Young French Art at Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings by Suzanne on August 6th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Untitled by Guillaume Bresson, oil on canvas, 170 x 300 cm, 2008, courtesy Bourouina Gallery - click to enlarge

The German-only press release to the Lumière Noire group show at Kunsthalle Karlsruhe talks at length about globalisation and the disappearance of cultural traditions and whatnot but I honestly cannot see any of those socio-political concepts in the actual art itself, so let's just skip to the end.

On show are, you guessed it, dark pieces - grey, obscured, monochromatic, desaturated and pitch-black art - from sculptures to installations to paintings.

From the dozen somewhat randomly and unpassionately selected artists, two very young ones clearly stand out for me. One is Guillaume Bresson (top), born 1982 in Toulouse who now lives and works in Paris and Berlin. The other is the fascinating Nick Devereux (middle and bottom), born 1978 in Panama and now residing in Paris.


Offering I by Nick Devereux, charcoal on paper, 100 x 130 cm, 2010, courtesy Galerie Bugada & Cargnel - click to enlarge

While Bresson impresses with grotesque yet elegantly choreographed nighttime fighting scenes in the grisailled banlieues - reminiscent of La Haine or Dan Witz's Mosh Pit series - Devereux does something way more distorting and disorientating.

At first, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're looking at a historic scene of an autopsy (middle) or the manneristic momentum of a falling horse (bottom) but on closer inspection, the motives fall apart, and reveal themselves as found props - draped fabrics, paper, curtains and bits of fur sticking out of anthropomorphic steel structures.

I can't say I'm too impressed with the rest that's on show but the two gentlemen here will make a visit worthwhile, I should think. Details below.


New Mythologies (What I Should Have Done) by Nick Devereux, charcoal on paper, 135 x 192 cm, 2007, courtesy Galerie Bugada & Cargnel - click to enlarge

On show until: Sep 25, 2011

Address: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Hans-Thoma-Straße 2-6, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany, tel: (0721) 926 33 59, email: info@kunsthalle-karlsruhe.de | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM

Admission: €4

Press release (German)

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