BAD + // Bordeaux + art + design 2022
Léa Belooussovitch, Liu Bolin, marion charlet, Zhuo Qi, Justin Weiler, Sebastian Wickeroth

JUL 7th - JUL 10th, 2022

Online exhibition of the artworks presented at BAD + 2022

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LÉA BELOOUSSOVITCH

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Kocho, Irak, 6 février 2021, Processions Series, 2022, Colored pencil on felt, 60 x 50 cm

Touching an aesthetic of the disappearance, Léa Belooussovitch’s works question our attitude towards violence, graphic violence in particular related to our society highlighting the vulnerability of a peculiar moment and witnessing the artist’s humanity. The drawing resumes the clear, brightly-colored image sourced from the press, capturing on the field people in distress without any detour. The manual transcription allows the visual information coming from the photographic medium to become more tolerable.

Born in Paris in 1989, she currently lives and works in Brussels. After receiving a master’s degree in drawing from the ENSAV La Cambre in 2014, she was nominated for the 2016 edition of the Prix Révélations Emerige, she is also the winner of the 2018 edition of the Young Talents prize of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. In 2020, she was rewarded by the Prix des partenariats Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint Etienne Métropole in France.

LIU BOLIN

This man-chameleon poses for hours in front of a wall, a landscape or a monument to blend in with the scenery – eyes closed, a silhouette barely visible – with the help of his painters-assistants, without any digital effects. At the end of the camouflage process, he stop the performance through photography.

By first working in his native country and later including the entire world, he composes images that at first attract, then surprise and disturb, and finally imprint themselves on the memory. He uses a unique artistic form with a rare effectiveness that is perfectly in sync with the modern times.

Galerie Paris-Beijing, Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city Paris - Wall, 2013, Archival pigment print, 135 x 180 cm
Hiding in the city, Paris - n°8, Collaboration with Rero, 2013, Archival pigment print

Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the province of Shandong in China. He studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

MARION CHARLET

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Barcelona Pallas, 2022, Watercolor on paper, 60 x 50 cm

Marion Charlet’s art is driven by an imaginary that crosses reality in powerful compositions, whose primary function is to assert an aesthetic where colour is both the pretext and the text. Working from photographs that she takes herself and then modifies on her computer, the artist firstly created a world of original landscapes and interiors, most often architectural, surroundedby profuse vegetation, and devoid of all human presence.

Colour is the driving factor in how Charlet constructs each of her paintings and watercolours, bringing the motif to the fullness of its form. The skillful combination of intensity, transparency and opacity give the painted image its depth, its rhythm, its breath, the artist playing sometimes with empty space, sometimes with full… here an intrusion, while there a screen.

Philippe Piguet

Marion Charlet was born in Paris in 1982. After graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts, the Villa Arson (Nice), the Chelsea College of Art and Design (London) and the Institut Supérieur des Art Appliqués (Paris), she currently lives and works in Paris. She was the winner of the Prix Art [ ] Collector in 2018 and the Prix de la Fondation Colas in 2016.

ZHUO QI

As an artist, Zhuo Qi’s approach is based on the notion of culture shock. The encounter between Chinese culture and Western culture is a foundational element in his work, both linguistically and historically, and with relation to the traditions and techniques

Originally from the city of Fuxin in China, these sculptures are often deteriorated with time,  broken, fractured and missing members. Zhuo Qi has taken it upon himself to give them life again – to restore them in his own way. He uses blown glass to fill in the void, the part that has been lost, thereby creating a new piece from an existing work of art. A new cycle of life is created, recalling the Buddhist cycles of reincarnation. The alchemy that takes place between the form of the original stone sculpture, which sometimes dates back thousands of years, and the contemporary and delicate aspect of the colored glass that it bears leads us towards the strange and the incongruous, notions dear to the artist, for whom humor and transgression are natural forms of communication. The contemplator is struck by the paradox that surrounds each work in the series: the aesthetic and the power of these thousand-year-old Buddhist sculptures is augmented by that of the fragile, colorful glass cushions

Bubble-Game #27, Stone sculpture and blown glass, 2022

Zhuo Qi was born in 1985 in Fuxin (Liaoning province, China). He graduated with honors from the Le Mans Higher School of Fine Arts (the DNSEP Diploma), did the post graduate program KAOLIN of the ENSA Limoges in France and the Geneva University of Art and Design in Switzerland, he has been working and living in France since 2008. He did a residency at the Fondation Martell in Cognac, France at the end of 2020.

JUSTIN WEILER

The three primary colors, if mixed together, become black, the black that Justin Weiler has accustomed us to in his work. Here, cyan, magenta and yellow are not mixed but superimposed. And it is indeed the absence of one of the primary colors that gives birth to color.

A part of the drawing left blank reveals an architectural space that structures each painting. The motifs follow one another and link the paintings together. A weft is drawn that takes us on a linear journey. In the motif, spectres appear, ghosts, apparitions perspectives project us in the painting.

To the gesture of meticulous covering of the glass are added the strata of glass, planes which are superimposed and let in the light by a precise protocol set up by the artist. These are the reserves of paint that reveal the light, the depth and the subtlety of the painting.

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Dédale - Screen, 2022, Ink on glass, 60 x 40 cm

Justin Weiler was born in Paris in 1990. He studied at ESBA (Nantes) and ENSBA (Paris). He currently lives between Nantes and Paris. In 2016, he was the laureate of the Visual Arts Prize of the City of Nantes and of the Biennale of Contemporary Arts of CRAC Champigny-sur-Marne. In 2018, he graduated with honors from the Paris Academy of Fine Arts for the Pierre David-Weill Prize. He did a residency at the Casa Velázquez in Madrid in 2020 (winner 2019, painting section).

SEBASTIAN WICKEROTH

Matter / Constant, 2021, Spray paint on glass and aluminium frame, 48 x 36 cm

This serie of picture objects combine photography and spray paint on glass. All the photographs were taken in Iceland. In the artist’s mind, this landscape typifies, like no other place in the world, the constant state of transformation and transition. By combining these pictures to the fading spray paint Sebastian Wickeroth faces and reconciles the artist’s intervention and the natural processes of change.

Born in 1977, Sebastian Wickeroth currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. He studied at the Kunstakademie Münster, at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Geneva, and at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He recently became a professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Dortmund and the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf.