Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
Avec eux la beauté, la provocation, le plaisir, la réflexion. ”

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Ichiuji, Melissa
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

 Born in 1968 in the USA.

Melissa Ichiuji makes figurative sculptures that are reminiscent of dolls. Each sculpture is sewn and assembled using a combination of natural and synthetic materials such as leather, latex, dried fruit, bones, human hair, fur and pantyhose. According to the artist, they are personifications of internal struggles that define the human condition. "I draw upon my background as a dancer and actor to animate the body in ways that reveal the subtext of the figures. My inspiration comes from my own experiences and those of people I know. Each work begins with a personal association and then expands to address a more universal theme often having to do with fantasies relating to power, sexual awakening, repressed anger and violence, and feelings of loss and mortality. My figures often appear to be at once infantile and aging both disconnected and active. They are struggling to make sense of the world and the conflicting messages found within it," explains Ichiuji.

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Ingimarsdottir, Gudny Rosa

"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

"Inner Journeys" April - June 2013


Born in 1969 in Iceland. Lives and works in Brussels.

Gudny Rosa Ingimarsdottir’s works are often presented as installations where she mixes different mediums, such as sculpture, photography, sound, video, sewing, drawing, collage, and painting. Every work balances on the thin line between figuration and abstraction, with its own geometric structure and system. Her oeuvre builds itself slowly; some works can take up to 20 years in their making. Each line traced or removed has equal value, as to the artist things that stay are equal to things that are gone. Ingimarsdottir‘s creations are anchored in personal experiences and feelings, while at the same time reflecting universal emotions such as vulnerability and doubt.

 

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Invader
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1969 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Urban artist Invader chose his name in reference to the Japanese game Space Invaders (1978), which aims to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to gain as many points as possible. Numerous references and parodies were made since its release. Invader’s mosaic creations are inspired by the low definition graphics, with small, colored tiles replacing the pixels, and representing characters not only from Space Invaders, but also other early video games. The artist installs his creations in urban spaces and documents what he calls ‘Invasion’, with photographs, books and maps showing where to find his mosaics. To this date, the artist has covered 82 cities throughout the world, using more than one and a half million of mosaic squares to build a web of space invaders.

 

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Isgrò, Emilio
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1937 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Emilio Isgrò started his career by writing lyrics and up to the 1960s his interest was focused on the Concrete and Visual Poetry movements. An inspired balance between linguistic and iconic elements characterizes his visual poems. He developed the technique of “cancellatura”, with which he erases words in newspaper articles, books and encyclopedias, not as a method of destruction or removal, but instead as an approach to reveal or highlight what is hidden. With these conceptual experimentations, Isgrò observes in a critical and sarcastic way the contemporary civilization, the consumer society, the press and the advertising.

 


 
Israel, Alex
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1982 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Artist and writer, Alex Israel draws inspiration from Hollywood and the film industry. His works celebrate Los Angeles cultural history and personalities, mixing references as broad as David Hockney, Ken Price, Gauguin, Avatar or even tropical fishes. His creations range from pastel-color panel paintings to flat sculptures’ self-portrait. Israel deals with questions relative to the cult of the celebrities, the youth obsession, and the allure and overbearing culture of Hollywood.

 


 
Israël, Thomas
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Belgium in 1975, he lives and works in Brussels.

Thomas Israël started his career as an actor and designer in the theater world before becoming a multimedia artist. Israël creates installations and video performances which are often interactive and immersive. Some recurring themes in his work are the body, the passage of time and the unconscious. He received the Japan Media Arts Festival award in 2014.

 

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