(b. in The Bronx, USA, 1936) Lives and works in Teaneck (USA):
Beginning his career as a painter with his first exhibition in New York in 1964, Robert Barry has been in over 150 solo exhibitions in numerous countries. He is considered one of the leading figures of so-called conceptual and minimal art. His work puts great emphasis on placement, attempting by its arrangement on the walls or in a room to respond to the physical space rather than to define it within the frame of the canvas. Barry’s oeuvre has matured and broadened from these initial concerns, which still radiate through his work. Rarely has an artist been as eloquent on the relationship between art and the receiver, and issues of time and space. For Robert Barry the idea of the work and its implications are as important as the art object itself. His words, open-ended and generous, engage the architecture of the space, and invite us to give over our own emotional, intellectual, and psychic reflection.
(b in Sângeorz-Băi, Romania, 1989) Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca (Romania).
He's young, he's talented and he is a figurative painter who undertakes being the penultimate Mohican. He is also from Cluj, this uncertain city in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of a francophone country, Romania. The city has provided in recent years a contingent of artists who are now leading an international career and who have earned a well deserved reputation. Alin Bozbiciu masterfully handles all the painting tools, he addresses topics carefully — intimate picture stories where he often places pets in the foreground, portraits of friends and relatives, self-portraits where we feel a state of emergency and apprehension. But usually a certain type of chromatic restlessness and energetic brushstrokes reveal a worldview consistent with his visionary generation albeit not even thirty.
David Brognon & Stephanie Rollin
David Brognon (b. in Messancy, Belgium, 1978) and Stéphanie Rollin (b. in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 1980) live and work in Paris (France).
Winners of the Best Solo Show at Art Brussels 2013 and 2015 finalists of the Prix Fondation Entreprise Ricard in Paris, Brognon-Rollin work with raw, often marginal social material where the recurrent themes are confinement, expectation and control. They confront these restrictive systems with their own systems of refracting reality –minimalist prisms capable of emitting dazzling and fleeting rain- bows. In ‘Cosmographia’, Gorée Island (2015), they have created a work both mad and monumental that physically archives the contradictory reality of the island, combining concepts of prison and escape. In ‘Fate will Tear us Apart’ (2011), fate lines from the palms of hard drug users cast a neon glow on the walls.
The gallery run by Olivier Belot & Mélanie Meffrer Rondeau was located for a few years in Saint-Ouen flea market (Paris, France). They have now left the 1640 sq. feet space where they showed artists like Robert Barry, Jonathan Monk, Joan Jonas, Jill Magid, David Claerbout and Evariste Richer. Their new space is located in the 10th arrondissement, not far from Place de la République, and represents emerging artists like Gaëlle Choisne, Alin Bozbiciu, David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin.
DAVID BROGNON & STEPHANIE ROLLIN
DAVID BROGNON ET STÉPHANIE ROLLIN