Les Artistes

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Cabanes, Damien
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1959, he lives and works in Paris.

Damien Cabanes is a French sculptor and painter. As a painter, he has painted many (self-) portraits, landscapes and abstract paintings; his sculptures are both abstract and figurative. Color is a key element in his art, with the artist being inspired by Matisse and Cézanne. Furthermore, in his paintings, the brush strokes are always visible, in a style that reminds one of German Expressionism. “This is what I’m looking for, this kind of childhood, and there is, in my approach, a playful and very simple style. (…) Any way, the main idea is to remain as simple as possible: what interests me is the efficiency of the simple gesture.” – Damien Cabanes

 

 

 
Caira, Giulia
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1970 in Italy. Lives and works in Turin.

Freelance curator and art critic, Ombretta Agro Andruff, describes Giulia Caira’s œuvre as follows: "Her body of work is rooted in ‘70s feminist culture when female artists used, and abused, their bodies, in public performances. However, while the atmosphere conveyed by her moving and still images can reach quite intense and dramatic effects, she never reverts to the literal representation of self-inflicted violence. Caira is always the subject of her photographs, but more than self-portraits, these works become visual representations of the various identities and roles she assumes and interprets. The universe in which she performs always refers to domestic and household context."

 
Calle, Sophie
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in France in 1953, she lives and works in Malakoff.

Sophie Calle is a writer, photographer, director; she works with both installation and conceptual art. Her family being close to such artists as Martial Raysse, Arman, and Christian Boltanski inspired Calle to become an artist herself. For over thirty years now, her art has been about combining her personal life and her art; she has successfully achieved this through books, texts, photos, videos, films, performances, and more. She challenges, in an original way, the liaison between private and public personae, truth and fiction. For putting her and others’ lives on display and sharing intimate details, she has been called a detective and a voyeur. Each work of art becomes a document, a catalog of her actions and of the interaction Calle engages in with the world in her own distinctive way. Her most extraordinary works deal with ordinary human tendencies; she explores the limits of how people interact with one another, as well as what are, or not, socially acceptable behaviors. Her work frequently depicts human vulnerability and examines identity and intimacy as well as the topic of absence.

 


 
Calzolari, Pier Paolo
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Italy in 1943, he lives and works in Fossombrone.

Italian artist Pier Paolo Calzolari is today considered as one of the most important members of the Arte Povera movement. This movement, which originated in Italy in the 1960s, is characterized by the use of everyday or “poor” materials (like dirt or cement) to create art. In his sculptures, installations and paintings, Calzolari uses materials like lead, salt, running water, eggs, feathers, butter, burned wood, dried tobacco leaves, wax and even frost to create abstract yet organic pieces, who live and change together with their medium.

 

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Carasso, Fred
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1899 in Italy and died in 1969.

Because of his political activism, Frederico (Fred) Carasso fled from Italy at the beginning of the 1920’s and passed by different countries before he eventually find refuge in The Netherlands, which became his new homeland. His body of work reflects his political engagement and critical visions of the society; hypocrisy, social disparity and injustice are some of his recurring themes. The human figure is central to Carasso’s work. Particularly fascinated by the female form, it inspired him sculptures filled with strength and sensuality. His later figures developed into more abstract and free compositions. Though mainly a sculptor, he also created drawings, gouaches and collages.

 


 
Caravaggio, Gianni
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 
"
Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 

Born in 1968 in Italy. Lives and works between Milan and Stuttgart.

In Gianni Caravaggio's poetry, art is a medium for a formative and procedural exploration that suggests connections between the artistic creation, the concrete experience with materials and a profound level of cognitive and theoretical thoughts. His works combine marble and bronze with unexpected, perishable materials such as sugar or seeds. In this way, he explores the ideas of change and mutation, engendering alchemical processes in which the artistic gesture becomes a generator of renewed relations with the work itself, its potential and constant re-defining.

 


 
Cardin, Pierre
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Italy in 1922, he lives and works in Paris.

Pierre Cardin is an internationally known fashion designer. Even though he was born in Italy, he moved to France at an early age and took the French nationality. He started his career in the fashion industry by working for Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. He then created his own brand in 1950, with immediate success. Cardin created haute couture costumes and evening dresses, but also – and this was revolutionary at the time – prêt-à-porter fashion, which made high fashion affordable to a greater audience. He is considered as one of the inventors of futurist fashion in the 1960s, along with Paco Rabanne and André Courrèges. Characteristic for this period were his dresses made of round and triangular shapes, which he combined with modern techniques and avant-garde materials. Cardin also created costumes for Jean Cocteau’s The Beauty and the Beast (1946), for The Beatles as well as for the hugely successful TV series The Avengers (also known as Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir in French). Aside from his career as a fashion designer, Cardin is also a furniture designer and a businessman.


 

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Carron, Valentin
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1977 in Switzerland. Lives and works in Geneva.

Valentin Carron is mostly known for his sculptural work in which he explores cultural icons, particularly those associated with the rural area of his native Switzerland, like iron shop signs, crucifixes, mopeds, rustic architectural details, musical instruments, and roughly carved wooden bears. His works’ themes are power, politics and criticism of cultural artifacts and institutions. He borrows and adapts the internationally renowned vocabulary of the style of his alpine home region and makes it his own. Through stylistic and material tensions, his art casts doubt as to the authenticity of the vernacular whilst developing a highly personal artistic discourse.

 


 
Caspicara
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Ecuador in 1723, he died in 1796.

Manuel Chili, known as Caspicara (“wooden face”), was an indigenous sculptor from Ecuador. He was a student of renowned sculptors Diego de Robles and Bernardo de Legarda. An outstanding sculptor of religious images in polychrome wood, he achieved great success during his lifetime, both in Ecuador and in other countries in Latin America. He is often considered as the master of the Quito school, which is the name given to the extraordinarily prolific artistic period in Ecuador under Spanish colonialism. His reputation as an artist was so great that King Carlos III is reported to have said: “I am not concerned that Italy has Michelangelo; in my colonies of America I have the master Caspicara.”


 

 
Castella, Vincenzo
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1952 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Vincenzo Castella is known for his specific approach of landscape photography focused on a visual storytelling of the complexity of urban sceneries. His panoramic images of European cities like Turin, Athens, Cologne, and Amsterdam are rich in detail and document the historical past of these cities as well as of the continual modern changes. “Castelli does not especially privilege the eye. From his earliest works halfway through the 'seventies he has eliminated the narrating self, an important moment in his development towards rejecting subjectivity.” Angela Madesani

 


 
Castro, Jota
"Icon(s)" april - june 2015
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013


Born in Peru in 1965, he lives and works in Brussels.

In the late 1990’s Jota Castro ended his career as a diplomat and decided to devote himself totally to the field of art. Since then he has used photography, sculpture, video, and installation to address social issues as both artist and activist. Castro explores and exposes, not without humor, the world of politics thus defending intellectual freedom and democracy. The artist reinterprets facts, connecting current events with his own personal history. His more recent works deal with problems caused by the global economic crisis and developments in European politics.

 

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Caterbetti, Jorge
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012 
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1951 in Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Jorge Caterbetti is known for his unique ability to continually reinvent and diversify his style and creations. His art is conceptual and compromised with history, human rights, philosophical and socio-political issues. He is also permanently experimenting with new visual languages and different materials.

 

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Cave, Nick
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1959 in the USA. Lives and works in Chicago.

Sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave is mainly known for his Soundsuits. These sculptures, named for the sound made when they are worn, are inspired by sources as varied as African ceremonial costumes, Tibetan textiles, "Haute Couture" and pop-culture. This multitude of references also highlights Cave’s diverse background and artistic training, as dancer and clothing designer. He is as interested in fashion, cultural, ritualistic and ceremonial concepts as he is in politics, a subject that has always been part of his work.

 


 
Cemin, Saint Clair
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1951 in Brazil. Lives and works between Paris, New York and Beijing.

Saint Clair Cemin works with materials like bronze, plaster, marble, steel, and wood. As varied as the materials, so are the dimensions of his sculptures, which might take human, animal or symbolic forms.
 
Centore, Leandro
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in Italy. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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César
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1921 in France and died in 1998.

César Baldaccini, usually called César, was a sculptor associated with the "Nouveau Réalisme" movement that proclaimed new ways of perceiving the real, as well as the use and critique of mass-produced commercial objects. In the 60’s César began to create his famous "Compressions," for which he would become renowned. These sculptures were made out of cars’ chassis and metal objects of all kinds compressed by a metal press into dense packages. César also created the "Expansions" series, solidify polyurethane foam sculptures. His late work includes sculptures made out of molten crystal.

 


 
Chance, Jeremy
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1983 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Inspired by our contemporary visual culture – from advertisements to videos found on Internet – painter Jeremy Chance deconstructs and reconstructs images. He disconnects them from their original purpose to add a new layer of meaning, criticizing and investigating the habits and vices of our times.

 

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Chancel, Philippe
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1959 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Philippe Chancel’s photographs explore the various degrees where art, documentary and journalism meet. Focusing on the status of images confronted with reality, he investigates the fascination of the image in the contemporary world in order to better understand the reasons for this attraction/repulsion process. Over the past twenty years Chancel has shown a particular interest for authoritarian societies and communist dictatorships. Traveling to the Emirates and North Korea, he noticed similarities to both country: the cult of personality, the concentration of power, the control over individuals and most of all, the denial of the human being. His interest lays in the way those society stage their power.

 

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Chang Qing
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in China in 1965, he lives and works in Hangzhou.

Chang Qing trained as a painter at the Zheijang Academy of Fine Arts. Aside from his artistic practice, he teaches oil painting at the China National Academy of Fine Arts.

 

 
Chantob, Nathan
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in France in 1991, he lives and works in Paris.

The human figure is at the center of Nathan Chantob’s work. His painting style, which combines a great technical virtuosity and a psychological insight in the people he paints, is highly influenced by the work of Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville. But Chantob also finds his inspiration in street art: as a student at the St. Luke Institute in Tournai, the artist often took to the streets himself as a graffiti artist. Chantob won the Special Prize 2011 of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (Paris).

 

 
Chapman, Jake & Dinos
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1962 (Dinos) and in 1966 (Jake) in England. Live and work in London.

Visual artists and brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman began their artistic collaboration in 1990. Since then, they have been creating iconoclastic sculptures, paintings, prints and installations that examine contemporary politics, religion and morality. Their work is described as existing between what repulses and what attracts the viewer. According to curator and museum director, Christoph Gruneneberg, what is really disturbing in the Chapman’s creations is their underlying psychological meanings – the attacks on the whole body, the blurring of gender lines, the insinuation of sadism and moral offense. Jake and Dinos also create artworks separately.

 

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Chareau, Pierre
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1883, he died in 1950.

Pierre Chareau was a French architect and designer. He is especially famous for creating designs containing pivoting or sliding elements, thus creating highly adaptable pieces – the most famous example being his “Fan table” (1923-1924) with its pivoting trays. He designed the Maison de Verre in Paris, the first house in France made out of steel and glass (1928-1931). Chareau has often collaborated with fellow designers and architects: in 1923, he was one of the many designers – alongside Eileen Gray, Jean Prouvé and Marcel Breuer – hired by Robert Mallet-Stevens to decorate and furnish the Villa Noailles in the South of France.

 

 
Cherkit, Mathieu
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1982, he lives and works in Saint-Cloud.

French painter Mathieu Cherkit’s works revolve around his family home in Saint-Cloud, which he inherited from his parents and grandparents. In the tradition of Dutch painters like Vermeer, Cherkit paints every room and every object with a great attention to detail: each object encapsulating a part of the history of the house and its inhabitants. While his paintings first appear like a faithful recording of reality, a closer look reveals distorted perspectives and strange details; likewise, Cherkit invents new, imaginary rooms that do not exist in real life. Thus, the artist moves “further and further away from Vuillard, and closer and closer to De Chirico” (Philippe Dagen).

 

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Chia, Sandro
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Italy in 1946, he lives and works between the USA and Italy.

Sandro Chia started of as a conceptual artist and moved towards a more figurative approach towards painting and sculpture. Chia’s works range from paintings and mosaics to sculptures and murals. He was a key member of the Transavanguardia, the Italian figurative painting, as well as a member of wider Neo-Expressionist movements around the world. He himself refers to his paintings as “mythical conceptual art” and celebrates in them man’s sensuality, animal vitality, and closeness to the natural world through themes of eroticism, melancholy, and death.

 

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Chiurai, Kudzanai
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Zimbabwe in 1981, he lives and works in Johannesburg.

Kudzanai Chiurai graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria. Persona non grata in his country of birth, Zimbabwe, he has become one of southern Africa's strong voices. All at once photographer, painter and video artist, his art is inspired by the political, social and economic struggles in his home country, Zimbabwe. This artist/activist also denounces the xenophobia and violence of his country of residence, South Africa. Chiurai has exhibited his works all around the world. He participated in the Documenta 13 (2012) and is one of the many artists on show in the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2015).

 

 
Choi Xooang
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011


Born in Korea in 1975, he lives and works in Seoul.

Xooang Choi creates hyper realistic polymer clay figures that are often nude and bald. Through this gallery of almost mutant characters, he manages to express and recreate, with incredible force, the most intense human emotions such as fear, sadness, desire, the intricate relationships between individuals, erotic tension and confusion of feelings. Strangely, the characters are represented sexually, but without hair, causing a discomfort, not unlike the shadow of death on a society that is sick by its excesses. These figures, captured in their absolute nakedness, remind us of our frailty and vulnerability.


 
Chromiak, Karolien
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1989 in Genk. Lives and works in Antwerp.
Studied at Sint-Lucas Antwerp.


 

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Clark, Larry
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013


Born in the USA in 1943, he lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.

Larry Clark is known for his films and photographs focusing on teenage sexuality, drugs and particular subcultures like punk rock or skateboarding. He has always been concerned with social issues relating to youth culture and, in particular, with the dangers and vulnerability faced by young men, which he often explores from an autobiographical perspective. His experiences with amphetamines led him to publish his first book, Tulsa (1971), a photo documentary illustrating his friends’ drug use in black and white. In both his photographic and film work, Clark pursues a set of related themes: dysfunctional family relationships, links between mass imagery and social behaviors, the roots of violence, and the construction of identity during the adolescence.

 

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Claydon, Steven
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1969 in England. Lives and works in London.

Steven Claydon’s body of work revolves around the transmission of matter and information. With his sculptures, paintings and videos, he reinterprets the vehicles – objects, images, texts – via which cultural baggage is communicated. He explores the mystique and possibilities of objects, trying to differentiate their social status from their innate materiality. “What I’m trying to do is to elicit or engender an original encounter,” explains him. “To try and remove provenance from a thing and to skew it, so that its roots and pedigree have somehow been contorted or conflated. To really mess with the appropriate nature of a material.” Claydon’s pieces reflect his fascination for conceptual and philosophical references, yet the result is playful, plenty of humor and visual puns.

 


 
Clemente, Francesco
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Red" september - december 2012


Born in Italy in 1952, he lives and works in the USA.

Francesco Clemente adopts for his paintings a vast variety of supports and media, such as oil paint, watercolor, pastel, gouache, pencil and ink. His subjects of preference are the human body, particularly that of women, self-portraits, sexuality, myth and spirituality, non-Western symbols, and dreamlike visions. The eclecticism and highly personal symbolism in his work is evidence of an itinerant life spent mostly between three countries: India, USA, and Italy. Greatly influenced by such thinkers as Gregory Bateson, William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, and Jiddu Krishnamurti, Clemente combines in his works both Western and Eastern motifs and philosophy. He has also often engaged in collaborations with other artists and craftsmen.

 

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Clergue, Lucien
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1934 in France. Lives and works in Arles.

The work of Lucien Clergue combines a subtle artistic sensibility with an innate sensuality. His life and career is marked by his encounters with Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, both of whom supported the early photographer’s work, but also became close friends. Beside the portraits of his famous acquaintances, there are two significant themes in Clergue’s body of work: nudes and bullfighting. His photographs illustrate and are intrinsically bound with his native Provence.

 


 
Coecke van Aelst, Pieter
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in the Habsburg Netherlands (Belgium) in 1502, he died in 1550.

Pieter Coecke van Aelst was a sculptor, architect and designer of woodcuts, stained glass and tapestries. He is believed to have studied under the great Bernard van Orley, before founding a studio first in Antwerp, then in Brussels. He travelled extensively, visiting Italy and Constantinople, where he discovered the Renaissance style and ideas. He is credited for introducing the Renaissance ideals to Flanders, for example by translating Vitruvius’ key text De architectura into Flemish. A successful artist, Pieter Coecke van Aelst was the court painter to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and his tapestries were collected by the likes of François I, Henry V and Cosimo de Medici. Coecke van Aelst had a great influence on many Flemish painters, which included his son-in-law, Pieter Brueghel the Elder.


 

 
Cognée, Philippe
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1957 in France. Lives and works in Nantes.

Interested in the mundane aspects of reality, Philippe Cognée uses film and photography to document everyday life, from crowds and libraries, to supermarkets and skyscrapers. These pictures serve as inspiration for his blurred, distorted, fading canvasses. He works with the modern version of an ancient process known as encaustic. The artist mixes pigments with wax and applies them on the surface of the painting. Then, he covers it with plastic film and uses an iron to heat and melt the mix, giving the canvas a skin-like smoothness. Breaking with a sharp reality and transforming the ordinary into the ethereal, Cognée explores the notions of observation and memory, as well as the relationship between representation and abstraction.

 


 
Collins, Hannah
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1956 in in England. Lives and works in London, Barcelona and San Francisco.

Hannah Collins’ photographs can be felt as an image and as a kind of architecture; as two-dimensional surface and as sculpture. Her evocation of the tactile, sensual qualities of the material world associates with her use of scale to give her photographs a spatial, even phenomological quality that to paraphrase Rosalind Krauss, locates her work in an expanded field. Collins is concerned in revealing the archaeology of urban space, showing how the built environment shows the traces of the past and the intimations of a future. She also pictures the architecture of survival, documenting places created by those who have been displaced.

 

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Combas, Robert
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1957, he lives and works in Paris.

French painter and sculptor Robert Combas is one of the co-founders of the Figuration libre movement. The movement, whose name was coined by Ben, formed in 1981 in France; its most famous painters were Combas, François Boisrond, Rémi Blanchard and Hervé Di Rosa. These artists painted figurative, colorful and expressionist paintings in reaction to the minimalist and conceptual art movements that were in vogue at the time. Combas himself is very influenced by popular arts like television, comics, erotic fiction, science fiction, children’s drawings and rock and roll. His figures are often disfigured and put in violent or orgiastic environments. Other characteristics of his art are his use of writings and black contour in his paintings. “The problem with contemporary art is its lack of emotion and, sometimes, of humor. We don’t only paint, we do whatever we want.” – Robert Combas


 

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Comès, Didier
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1942, he died in 2013.

After working as an industrial designer in a textile factory, Didier Comès published his first comics in the children section of the daily Le Soir in 1969. He also worked for the magazines Spirou and (A Suivre). It was in the latter that he first published the comic novel Silence, arguably his most famous work, which won the award for best album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 1981. He is also the creator of L’Ombre du Corbeau, a comic novel about World War I. Aside from his use of black and white, Comès’ art is characterized by its surrealism and its use of fantastic elements.

 

 
Comte, Michel
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

 Born in 1954 in Switzerland. Lives and works in New York.

Professionally trained as an art restorer, Michel Comte approached photography autodidactically. For Vanity Fair and Vogue, he portrays numerous celebrities from the world of art, movies and entertainment. In addition to portrait photography and fashion, Comte is also increasingly moving towards photo-reportage and documentary. On photo assignments for the international Red Cross as well as for his own foundation, the Michel Comte Water Foundation, he has travelled to war zones and unstable areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan and Cambodia.

 

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Condo, George
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013 
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1957 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

George Condo’s loose, imaginative approach to portraiture has made his work renowned through the decades. His surprising and ‘cartoon-like’ portraits are on the boundary between beauty and grotesque, figuration and abstraction, reality and fiction. As he explains, "there was a time when I realized that the central focal point of portraiture did not have to be representational in any way. You don't need to paint the body to show the truth about a character. All you need is the head and the hands." Condo named his style “Artificial Realism” and since the 1980’s he has been creating paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures that feed on European artistic tradition, crossbreeding inspirations as diverse as Raphael, Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, and Manet. Dismantling and reconfiguring archetypes found throughout popular culture and art history, the artist questions and contemplates the foundations of our contemporary society.

 


 
Constant
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1920 in the Netherlands and died in 2005.

Dutch painter, printmaker and writer, Constant Nieuwenhuys, known simply as Constant, was one of the founding members of the movement Cobra (1948 – 1951) and Situationist International (1957), a political group whose combat focused on the criticism of the alienation of the capitalist society. During his Cobra period (1948-51), his paintings were inspired by children’s drawings and expressed the idea of an optimistic resumption after the war. After 1952, Constant's priority was no longer painting and he developed ideas about a playful living environment for the future with his multidisciplinary project, New Babylon. Elaborated in an endless series of models, sketches, collages, architectural drawings as well as in manifestos, lectures etc. New Babylon critiques conventional social structures, envisages a society of total automation in which the need to work is replaced with a nomadic life of creative play, in which traditional architecture has disintegrated along with the social institutions that it propped up. By 1960 Constant had resumed painting; for some time his work was devoted to frequently disturbing visions of life in the future. The extreme contradictions that the viewer confronts in Constant's work were explained by the painter in Marxist terms as an expression of the dialectic contrast that supposedly governs all life.

 


 
Cook, Heather
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1980 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Heather Cook’s practice is an ongoing investigation of the distinctions between materials and image, as well as those between the artworks and the framing devices that surround them. For some time now, fabric has been central to her creations, with an emphasis on simple materials like denim and cotton. She deals with the illusionistic qualities of fabric, incorporating a hybridized approach to action painting and ready made.

 

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Cooke, Nigel
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1973 in England. Lives and works in London.

Nigel Cooke is known for his paintings of gloomy psychological landscapes, sometimes peopled by degenerate characters. His reflexive and critical canvases combine autobiographical elements with fiction. He is interested in exploring the medium of painting and in producing an art that reinvents itself. His paintings are the result of the artist’s preoccupation with grandeur – both of scale and subject – and attention to strong, beautifully executed details.

 


 
Coplans, John
"Obsession" january - march 2015


Born in the United Kingdom in 1920, he died in 2003.

An English photographer, painter, writer and curator, John Coplans is best known for his series of black and white self-portraits exploring his naked, aging body which he started taking in 1984. Even though his photographs depict the human body from the feet to the wrinkles of his neck or hands, they do not show his face even once, in doing so Coplans does not focus on a specific man or identity. He presents the human body as a surprising, intriguing object, fascinating in detail and malleability. His work also contrasts the cult of youth and beauty represented by commercial photography and what he considered as the vanities of the 1980s art world.

 

 
Coppers, Christopher
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1982 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Christopher Coppers’ art mostly consists of interventions with, within or on magazines. He combines his love for printed matter with an urge for creative destruction, thus giving many magazines a second life. By ripping up, cutting in and reshaping the magazines, Coppers creates intricate pieces of art ranging from large scale sculptures and installations to smaller items.

 

 
Cordié, Jérôme
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Aisthésis, whose name means "to reveal the harmony in the heart of creation" in Greek, is the French atelier in which Jérôme Cordié carries on his activity of creator of furniture and objects of Art. His know how relates to the field of cabinetwork and the use of refined materials such as ebony, nacre, parchment or shagreen. Cordié is particularly fond of shagreen, a skin – from shark or skate – made iridescent of which he made his speciality.

 

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Cornaton, Charlotte
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Paris in 1986, she lives and works there.

Charlotte Cornaton attended Central Saint Martins School, London and graduated top of her class from the ESAG Penninghen, Paris. This young visual and media artist works in a transcultural spirit to address social issues such as contemporary vanitas, criticism of appearances or femininity. ”

 

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Cornu, John
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1976 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

John Cornu’s body of works consists of seemingly minimalistic installations and sculptures, made up with simple and organic materials. His inspiration is based on the old concepts of in situ art: the starting point of his artworks is always their surrounding. Moreover, we can call him a contextual artist: he enjoys blurring the boundaries between the exhibition area and the artwork itself. Therefore, as he needs to bring a piece from one place to another, he always reconsiders it according to its new space. His minimalistic and conceptual aesthetics investigates and puts into perspective topics dear to the romantics, such as the poetic of the ruin and the falling.

 

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Costantino, Nicola
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011


Born in 1964 in Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Interested in new materials and techniques, Nicola Costantino worked in factories and craft workshops in order to learn and improve her artistic practice. After experimenting with silicone molds and matrices on polyester resin, she created a silicon human skin used to make dresses and extravagant coats, in a series called Human Furriery. Fashion, consumption and the human body as seduction tool are some of the subject matters approached by Costantino.

 

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Coste, Anne-Lise
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1973, he lives and works in New York.

After living in Marseille, Zurich and Berlin, Anne-Lise Coste moved to New York, where she still lives and works. A key element in her work is graffiti culture. Coste combines text and drawings to comment on political, social and personal issues, as well as on emotional stages ranging from despair, anger and love to loneliness, doubt and confusion. Airbrush lends itself perfectly to her graffiti-like creations, but she also works with watercolor and gouache. She also finds inspiration in art history, as is shown by her series of paintings inspired by Picasso’s Guernica. Next to her graffiti-like paintings, Coste also creates installation art and street art in the form of poems she writes on walls and pavements.


 

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Courtejoie, Jacques
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"ta.bu" january - march 2016 

Born in Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1949, he lives and works in Brussels.

Jacques Courtejoie is a photographer and art teacher. He creates photo collages and montages, often finding inspiration in old picture books. A central theme in his art is the representation of his inner world: his photographs thus capture his hopes, his fears and his memories in a dreamlike manner. Courtejoie often paints over his photographs to add a new layer to the images. His use of faded colors mimicks the way memory and souvenirs fade, but he also likes to use bold colors and golden hues to create a more Baroque-like effect.

 

 
Courtois, Etienne
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

He lives and works in Brussels.

Etienne Courtois’ work questions our relationship to photography. Through his work, Courtois attempts to stretch the medium beyond its function as a tool for depiction. The artist uses studio-based techniques outside the studio, natural light and in front of the lens manipulation to create unrestricted images which enable various levels of reading.

 

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Crespin, Elias
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013 

Born in 1965 in Venezuela. Lives and works in Paris.

In 2002, Elias Crespin began exploring different ways to create movement from computer controlled electronic systems. His body of work is highly influenced by his studies in computer science and the as the art of his grandmother Gertrud Goldschmidt, better known as GEGO. By shaping and assembling metal wires, he creates ethereal, mobile structures that are somewhere in between drawing, sculpture and architecture. Crespin’s art consist either of hand molded metal mails, or individual elements that together form a geometric figure. The installations slowly - almost imperceptibly - dance in space, from order to chaos back to order again, thanks to a computer-programmed motor. He explains: “I’ve always been interested in shapes and logic. I appreciate the sensuality and perception of things, such as how to enjoy a beautiful sunset. But I am also interested in more complex things, such as functions, the properties of a circle or triangle, the drawing that can generate a specific mathematical relationship…” Crespin’s work is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, El Museo del Barrio in New York and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires.

 


 
Crespo Foix, Antonio
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1953 in Spain. Lives and works in Valdepeñas.

Sculptor Antonio Crespo Foix has developed a body of work that researches and explores the idea of lightness. For some years now, his artistic practice has focused on weightless materials such as wires, pins and vegetable fibers that he uses to built his particular spatial vision. The artist plays with the textures and the reverberation of the tissues such as tulle and wool as well as pollen, which are trapped and fixed in a network of metallic pins, occasionally painted. The result of a great craftsmanship, Crespo Foix’s works are poetic by nature and move in the realm of the ethereal, the misty, the immaterial, and the weightless, all bathed with a certain kind of idleness.

 


 
Creten, Johan
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Sint-Truiden in 1963, he lives and works in Paris.

Johan Creten works with bronze and clay, a material he had discovered for himself in a clay studio left behind by students; in doing so, the artist is considered one of the precursors who introduced ceramics to contemporary art. Fascinated by its beauty, its symbolic impact and the richness of its history, the artist explores the medium through multiple techniques and scales. Creten’s œuvre raises existential questions such as the ambiguity of sexuality in the human race and the unpredictable strength of nature among others. In addition to this, the artist is interested in the fundamental aesthetic aspects of shape, color, material, volume, and how these structures can manifest as vehicles of imagination and criticism.

 

 
Crewdson, Gregory
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1962, he lives and works in New York.

American photographer Gregory Crewdson is known for his surreal, unsettling photographs of American suburbia. His work reminds one of David Lynch (Crewdson admits Blue Velvet had a huge impact on him) and Edward Hopper. In Crewdson own words he has “always been interested in the commonplace, in finding a sense of beauty and mystery in everyday life. I’ve always been interested in the psychological nature of picture, in trying to explain my own fear and anxiety and desire in photographs. The pictures are my means of trying to find meaning in the world.” As a spectator, we are confronted with eerie, disturbing views of Americans in their homes, their loneliness and unhappiness apparent. Jeannette Catsoulis has written about Crewdson’s photographs: “His subjects pose with beaten-down expressions, encouraging us to create our own narrative. It doesn’t have a happy ending.” Crewdson always stages his photographs and works with prop masters, production designers and lightning specialists to create visually powerful images.

 

 
Curry, Aaron
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1972 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Aaron Curry started out as painter and later created sculptures and collages. According to him, his artworks exist somewhere between two and three dimensions: “I guess I’m always trying to get my paintings to come out into the space three dimensionally while also trying to get my sculptures to do the opposite, to flatten into the walls around them.” Curry gives his pieces biomorphic shapes, exploring the contrasts between the warmth of natural wood and the artificial appearance of industrial colors, and between the hand-made and the mass-market product. His work is replete with references, from Surrealism to tribal art, from science fiction to tabloid press, from Pablo Picasso to Modernist sculpture.