Rolls & Bubbles
Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris
ROLLS & BUBBLES
09.06.2012 - 28.07.2012
As is her wont, in this show Morgane Tschiember gets stuck in to painting without canvas or stretcher, instead using a host of renewed materials from the construction industry: wood, glass and steel. I say "gets stuck in" deliberately because, for any artist worth her salt, painting is a matter of confrontation. With the Rolls series initiated recently for her show at the CRAC in Sète, she herself says that she aims to "imperil painting" by dabbling in heresy, by mixing oil paint and water-based paint. Defying the laws of physics, these two non-mixing substances meet on the surface of two rolls in woven stainless-steel that are compressed together to force the mixture, which nevertheless resists. This violence to painting by means of friction, this mechanical crushing, produces something like traces of struggle, the sequel of a dialogue between antagonistic bodies whose communion is impossible, from which only colour emerges triumphant. Confronted with these absurd rotary presses which produce no more than the memory of their contact, protuberances seem to bloom from white lacquered bases, unless, that is, they are trying to escape from between the compressing sides. Sketched out last autumn, the series of Bubbles materialises the artist’s breath in spheres whose languor is only apparent. Made from melting, malleable material, the bubbles are frozen in a state close to formlessness. Not really transparent but not genuinely opaque either, they are subtly coloured with pink or white highlights. Once again, the encounter between two materials, glass and wood, is not without conflict. One burns the other which constrains it and form and counterform are merged. The base is more than a base, but is part of the process whereby the work is formed: the globes are blown against it and insert themselves into it just as much as it rests on it. Once again, Tschiember’s work continues to combine painting and sculpture in the same movement, in which the power of material is troubled by the allure of colour, unless of course it is the other way round.
Morgane Tschiember was born in 1976. She lives and works in Paris.
At the start of the year she had a solo show, Swing’nd Roll & Bubbles, at the CRAC in Sète, for which she produced the monumental work Swing currently on show at the Ricard Foundation. Recent French shows: Être Là, Zoo Galerie, Nantes, 2007; Iron Maiden, Galerie Loevenbruck, 2007. International shows: Morgane Tschiember, Super Window Project, Kyoto, Japan, 2010; The Shortest Way to Sleepness, AVA Gallery, New York, United States, 2010; Morgane Tschiember, Galerie Lange & Pult, Zürich, Switzerland, 2009.
Group shows: Casser la baraque, Galerie MélanieRio, Nantes, 2011 (curator Patrice Joly); Le Monochrome sous tension, Galerie Tornabuoni, Paris, 2010 (curator Matthieu Poirier); Morgane Tschiember/Christian Robert-Tissot, Konsortium, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2010; Poétique du chantier, Musée-Château d’Annecy, 2009 (curators Jean-Max Colard and Juliette Singer); Sculpteurs de trottoirs - Autour de Raymond Hains, Centre d’Art le Quartier, Quimper, 2009 (curator Marion Daniel); Duel - Olivier Mosset/Morgane Tschiember, Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, 2008; Biennale de l’Estuaire, Nantes, 2007; Zones Arides, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris and MOCA, Tucson, USA, 2006-07 (curators Patrice Joly and Beth Weinstein).
Morgane Tschiember won the Ricard Foundation prize in 2001 and she was awarded by the programme Culturesfrance ISCP/Ateliers Newyorkais in 2009.
In 2012, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain acquired her work Unspecific Space (2010).
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