OCTOBER 13th 2019 – JANUARY 4th 2020: ÉLISÉE, UNE BIOGRAPHIE

Opening on Saturday, the 12th of October

Artists: Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize

Curator: Solenn Morel

“Élisée is Élisée Reclus, the libertarian geograph, the visionary writer, the traveling anarchist, the communal pedagogue. He wrote all his life in the singular to talk about the other, about all the others, about the universal. His life was written by walking, travelling a lot, nurturing many friendships around the world, with scientists and poets alike. It was rich, dense, filled with images and notes, maps and books, diffuse and concentrated thoughts. Nature plays a major role in it, because that’s where it all starts. By observing it carefully and intuitively, the author began to study it and so all those who inhabit it and model it. In her work, she appears as a living and social reality, a deeply original vision at the end of the 19th century.

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The exhibition Elisée, une biographie, aims to reconstitute a concentrated landscape, reconciling the absolute and the fragment. The floor, walls, ceiling are invested. The visitor is surrounded, everywhere by flowers, sky, mountains, streams, trees. They are drawn, painted, serigraphied, printed. Ceramic, cork and felt seats resulting from a collaboration with the designer Romain Guillet, mark the path as many potential spaces and rest times. The visitor is free to stop, to observe the landscape that presents itself to him, but also to read or dream of anything else. […] This imagination, which acts at the heart of any artistic experience, is more than ever called upon here. It connects, it brings together what is separated. Élisée, une biographie, is one of these moving worlds, its abundance introduces an inexhaustible freedom of connections.”

Solenn Morel, curator of the exhibition

Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ozive, Elisée, une géographie (Pyrénées), mixed techniques, 80 x 90 cm, © Collection particulière, Paris

THE ARTISTS / THE CURATOR

FLORENTINE & ALEXANDRE LAMARCHE-OVIZE

Solo shows in 2019:
Rufus, Frac Basse Normandie, Caen
La Bouche d’ombre, Fabre, Paris, curator: Alexandra Fau Notes, Galerie Lefebvre& ls, Paris
Batz-sur-mer, Untitled art fair, San Francisco, avec Galerie Lefebvre& ls, Paris
Isabella et le pot de basilic, Cac, la traversée, Alfortville

Collective exhibitions in 2019:
life on mars, capa, Aubervilliers
Eléments de langages, Tilder, curator: Camila Oliveira Fairglough, Paris
Cultiver son jardin, design Parade, Toulon.
Savoirs faire savoir, La Galerie des galeries, Paris

Residencies:
2018: Blueroof studio, Los Angeles with Galerie Lefebvre& ls
2016-2017: Open session, Drawing center, New York, USA

Bibliography:
2017: Inventory, the drawer edition, catalogue monographique
2008: abstracta/concreta, onestarpress, catalogue monographique

SOLENN MOREL

Solenn Morel, born in 1977, has been the director Les Capucins contemporary art centre in Embrun since October 2012. She continues at the same time to work as an independent commissioner.

After joining Glassbox in 2001, a group and an independent Parisian exhibition space, she has worked on various projects for institutions, including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Centre d’art contemporain l’Abbaye Saint-André in Meymac and the Drac Ile-de-France.

In 2008-2009, she was guest curator at La Box in Bourges. She conceived a cycle of four exhibitions and performances entitled Concept Aventure followed by the publication of a magazine. In 2009-2010, she was artistic director of the art centre La Tôlerie in Clermont-Ferrand. She proposes a programme of exhibitions and performances Behind the panels, there are men, which brings together works specially designed for this former industrial wasteland. Since 2017, she has regularly curated monographic exhibitions in OÙ, Marseille. In 2019, she was the artistic director of the residence of the Ateliers des Arques.

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