2019Exhibitions

Florian & Michael Quistrebert

Shining Mud

 

April 18 – May 18, 2019

 

313 Art Project is pleased to present Shining Mud, Florian & Michael Quistrebert’s debut solo exhibition in Asia. This exhibition showcases a total of 17 works, of which includes pieces from their quintessential Overlight series, which has previously been introduced to the public through their breakthrough “The Light of the Light” exhibition at Palais de Tokyo.

Over the years, the brothers have dedicated their time to experimenting with the limits of perception, matter, and concept. They explore past the boundaries of mediums defined by art history, leading them to build their own artistic vocabulary. Always on the lookout for newly emerging schools, movements, and ideas, the brothers exaggerate the use of matter to create a figuration of abstract art. Shining Mud collectively presents the Quistrebert brothers’ most renowned and newest works to highlight their artistic insight.

The Overlight series that the artists have worked on since 2013 depicts the brothers’ proficiency in manipulating the medium of light. Modeling paste poured over the canvas creates an overflow of curves and ripples, on top of which iridescent car paint coats the surface. A direct source of light in the form of LED light bulbs are embedded into the work, shedding light on the reflective surface, from which the viewers can catch glimpses of their own faces and movement. The celestial quality of the gold and silver Overlight works studded with the star-like LED lights entices the viewers to take a closer look.

Zen, the newest of the Quistrebert brothers’ series, have stemmed from their previous Rakes series, which were first introduced in 2016 as paintings of geometric patterns and lines drawn through thick white slabs of paste on canvas. The works are reminiscent of the traditional Japanese Zen gardening rituals that aim to achieve spiritual enlightenment and also of the physical labor tilers undergo in construction sites. The two distinct gestures binds together to form identical beauty. Through the repetition of lines and curves, the paintings resonate with the visual echoes and expand into cognitive depth by connecting the two different sources inspired by geometric patterns.

The video work titled Endless Tunnel is among the newest of their oeuvre, which is scheduled to be exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Creation(CCC OD), Tours, France after its exhibition in Shining Mud at 313. Divided into 2 to 4 channels, the rectangular frames of the screen approach the end of each tunnel, which challenges the viewers’ attempt to visually focus on symmetry.

Florian and Michael Quistrebert perceptually unarm the viewers’ obsession with interpreting artwork and physically expands the boundaries of sensation to simultaneously cause chaos and ecstasy. The brothers state that the ones who complete the artworks are the artists themselves, not the viewers; their aim is to disarm the viewer’s resistance in interpretation and enchant them in entirety.

The diverse artistic spectrum of Florian and Michael Quistrebert ranges from paintings to video installations. They were nominated in 2014 for Prix Marcel Duchamp for their renowned innovative works and ideas. The brothers subsequently won the NNG Award during Art Rotterdam in the Netherlands, 2017, and World Masters of Projection Mapping Award in Amsterdam, 2018. Their past solo exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2016); and Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK (2015). They were subject to multiple group exhibitions, including Plateau/FRAC Île-de-France, Paris (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Galeries Nationales du Grand-Palais, Paris (2013); LACE, Los Angeles (2013); and Centre Georges Pompidou / Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2012).

 

313아트프로젝트가 개최하는 플로리앙과 미카엘 키스트르베르 형제의 전시 <Shining Mud>에는 2016년 프랑스 국립미술관인 파리의 Palais de Tokyo에서 “The Light of the Light”라는 전시명으로 소개되었던 Overlight 시리즈 대표 작품과 최신 시리즈 작품을 포함해 총 17점이 전시된다.

작가는 시각과 소재, 개념의 한계를 실험하는 작업에 집중한다. 그들은 예술사적 매체의 구분과 경계를 가로질러 그들만의 예술적 언어를 구축해왔다. 획시대적 작업 방식으로 소재의 활용을 극대화하며 그들은 추상 예술을 형상화한다. 이번 전시 <Shining Mud>는 이들의 예술관을 대표작과 최신작을 통해 집합적으로 소개한다.

2013년부터 작업해 온 Overlight 시리즈는 캔버스 틀 밖으로 넘쳐 흐르도록 모델링 페이스트를 붓고 그 위에 각도에 따라 색이 다르게 보이는 차량용 코팅제를 두껍게 발라 빛의 활용을 극대화하며 완성된다. LED 전구에 의해 작품에 빛이 투영되고 반사되면서 물질적 특성을 지닌 표면적 소재가 형체 없는 빛의 실루엣으로 드러나고, 표면에 형성되는 관객의 반영이 움직임에 따라 다르게 굴절되면서 관객은 시시각각 새로운 작품을 바라보게 된다. 작품은 천제의 광경처럼 금은빛을 펼쳐내고 자체적으로 빛나는 전구는 별처럼 관객을 매혹한다.

또한, 2016년부터 작업해 온 Rakes 시리즈와 새로이 선보이는 Zen Rakes 시리즈는 캔버스에 흰 페이스트를 두껍게 바르고 그 위에 직선이나 곡선으로 이루어진 일정한 패턴으로 기하학적 구성을 조형한다. 작품은 완벽한 구조를 통해 정신적 수양을 이루고자 했던 일본 전통 젠(Zen) 정원 의식과 타일공이 건설 현장에서 육체적 노동으로 휘갈겨 바르는 회반죽 작업을 동시에 연상시켜, 상반된 움직임이 빚어낸 동일한 아름다움을 보여준다. 그들의 작품은 반복되는 직선과 곡선을 따라 시각적 울림을 공명시키며 기하학적 패턴으로 연상되는 두 갈래의 인지 영역을 연결시켜 관객의 사유의 폭을 확장한다.

비디오 영상 작업 Endless Tunnel은 이번 313 전시에 이어 프랑스 투루 지방에 위치한 시립미술관 Center for Contemporary Creation(CCC OD)의 전시에서도 소개될 최신작이다. 영상의 2분할, 4분할된 화면에서 직사각의 형태가 터널 각 끝을 향해 뻗어나가며 대칭적 구도에 집중하려는 관객의 시각적 능력을 불안정한 상태에 이르게 한다.

이들의 작품은 시각적으로 관객의 해석적 집착을 해제하고, 물리적으로 감각의 영역을 팽창시켜 관객이 혼란과 동시에 희열을 경험하게 한다. 작품을 완성하는 사람은 관객이 아니라 예술가, 바로 그들이라고 말하는 작가는 관객이 그들의 작품에 어떠한 해석적 저항도 하지 못하고 현혹되길 바란다.

이들은 프랑스 낭트 작업실에서 회화 및 비디오 설치 작업을 해오고 있으며, 2014년 혁신적인 작업 방식으로 새로운 예술관을 구축한 프랑스 작가에게 수여하는 Prix Marcel Duchamp의 수상자 후보로 지명되기도 했다. 2017년에 네덜란드 로테르담에서 열리는 Art Rotterdam 페어 기간에 NNG Award와 2018년 암스테르담, World Masters of Projection Mapping Award를 수상했다. 개인전으로는 Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK (2015)에서, 그룹전으로는 EYEfilmuseum, Amsterdam (2018); Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2017); Plateau/FRAC Île-de-France, Paris (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Centre Georges Pompidou / Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2012) 등의 전시가 있다.

 

Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Installation view of <Shining Mud>, 313 Seongbuk Space, 2019 / Photography © SangTae Kim, Courtesy of 313 Art Project
Overlight S6E8 Gold, 2019, Modeling paste, burlap on wood, 126 x 104 x 8 cmRakes S2E1, 2019, Modeling paste, burlap on wood, 168 x 122 cmOverlight S6E9 Gold, 2019, Modeling paste, burlap on wood, glitters, 85 x 66 x 8 cmOverlight S6E10 Gold, 2019, Modeling paste, burlap on wood, glitters, 84 x 64 x 8 cmZen Rakes (dyptique), 2019, Modeling paste, burlap on wood, 168 x 122 cm (each)
Overlight S6E1, 2019, Modeling paste, LED, burlap on wood, 148 x 108 x 8 cmOverlight S6E2, 2019, Modeling paste, LED, burlap on wood, 145 x 103 x 8 cmOverlight S6E4, 2019, Modeling paste, LED, burlap on wood, 148 x 103 x 8 cmOverlight S6E6, 2019, Modeling paste, LED, burlap on wood, 142 x 94 x 8 cmOverlight S6E7 Gold, 2019, Modeling paste, burlap on wood, glitters, 137 x 103 x 8 cmOverlight S3E7, 2016, Modeling paste on burlap canvas mounted on wood, carpaint, LED, 230 x 185 cm
© Aurélien Mole / Courtesy of the artist and Crèvecœur, Paris.Overlight S3E3, 2016, Modeling paste on burlap canvas mounted on wood, carpaint, LEDs, 230 x 185 cm
© Aurélien Mole / Courtesy of the artist and Crèvecœur, Paris.
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