Di Jinjun’s series “Sophists” focuses on the witty people creative in literature, philosophy and art. Among them are people that I have long been respecting, attended lectures, read articles and worked with. Di Jinjun fixed their portraits on 25.4 x 30.5 cm aluminum plate emulsion by wet-plate photography. Hiding their eloquence in language and glory in the works, they become the game for another hunting photographer. Their own face signs are waiting wordlessly for other people to watch and analyze in a microscopic attitude. At this moment, they are not “sophistic” but really silent sophists. (essay: Chen Haiyan; translation: Fan Chen) Our sincere thanks to OFOTO Gallery for the warm reception.
SOPHISTS – Di Jinjun Photography Exhibition @ OFOTO Gallery
2F, Building 13, 50 Moganshan Rd., Shanghai, China
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Hell’O Monsters (Belgium)
Hell’O Monsters collective emerged in the late 1990s as a result of the meeting between Jerôme Meynen, François Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille. They quickly left behind wall art, graffiti letters and spray paint in favour of paper, characters, ink drawings and paint, moving on to sculpture, installations and wall drawing. They developed a unique graphic vocabulary that is complex and ambiguous, which they continue to expand in the course of their creative output, customising many recurrent elements, which they combine each time with new characters, or incorporate into unusual settings.
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François Bard (b.1959, France)
For Bard, the simplest of all subjects, be it a shoe, a leg, a torso, a dog or a face, takes a dark and edgy turn. He manages to translate all his intimate emotion into a two dimensional oil painting; each work an endless exercise of composition, rhythm and struggle. The use of multiple layers of oil accentuates the feel and dynamic mood of all his paintings. François Bard gives a part of himself in every canvas. The horizon – the vast limiting of human experience – is fascinating to Bard. The horizon draws a line between here and not-here, day and night, good and evil, us and them. The scale and cinematic quality of his work only makes this more dramatic and stuns viewers over and over again.
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Claire Fanjul (b.1986, Belgium)
The work of Claire Fanjul is placed under the sign of ambivalence. This young artist is steeped in the ancient culture and also mastered the traditional techniques such as engraving and etching. She draws her inspiration from the repertoire of primitive Flemish and German to shape her dreams and gives clearly a vision of the imagination of our century. Fanjul’s ink and line drawings have a dark edge with twisted characters, faces and fauna intertwined in a tapestry that tells its own story.
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H. Craig Hanna (b.1967, USA)
Born in 1967 in Cleveland USA, H. Craig Hanna is a New York painter from Fine Arts Syracuse University, Fine Arts School of Visual Arts, New York Academy of Figurative Art. He exhibited his work since age of 29 year and has received an immediate recognition. In 1998, an entire floor reserved for him at Bergdorf Goodman, following exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and Malta where he spent a period of his life. H. Craig Hanna currently lives and works in London and is represented in Paris by Laurence Esnol Gallery who shows his works permanently and exclusivity worldwide. Our thanks to Laurence Esnol Gallery for the warm reception and this beautiful discovery.
Vik Muniz (b.1961, Brazil/USA) - Pictures of Magazine 2
Vik Muniz is an lchemist. The materials of thread, jam, chocolate, ketchup, dust, toys, pigments, sugar and puzzles, are as varied as they are incongruent. The artist transforms these materials to reconstruct images that haunt are collective memory, often taken from art history or the media. Currently in exhibition at the Xippas Gallery in Paris, Vik Muniz presents an ensemble of nine works that came out of his last project entitled Pictures of Magazine 2 (2011-2012)
What are some of the best art galleries in France?
Galerie du jour (agnès b.)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Galerie Eric Mircher
Galerie Anne Barrault
Galerie Maria Lund
Galerie Kamel Mennour
Gallerie Yvon Lambert
Galerie Vieille du Temple
Galerie Denise René
Galerie Jacques Lévy
Le cabinet d’amateur…
Rather than listing the best, those are some of my regular visits in Paris. They present various forms of art and are all in the neighborhood that I like having a walk or where I reside. Cheers, rery