"How sad to think that nature speaks and mankind doesn't listen."
- Victor Hugo
It's full steam ahead for a new chapter in the collaboration between the intercommunal structure, Orléans Metropole (centered in the city of Orléans) and Danysz Gallery. After welcoming the artists Yseult YZ Digan in 2019, Charles Pétillon in 2020, Felipe Pantone, Jan Kalab and 1010 in 2021, this year seven talented artists invest the Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier in the framework of the exhibition "Tumultes" from June 25 to August 31, 2022.
Artists: Icy and Sot, Liu Bolin, Robert Montgomery, Rero, Saype, Superpoze et Zevs
During this summer meeting in Orleans, which was awarded in 2019 the label "Cities and Countries of Art and History" by the Ministry of Culture, the artists gathered in this collective exhibition show how their works shed light on the ecological issue and seek to provoke reflection on the place of human beings in the world we live in. From rich and various universes and using very different techniques, all the artists resented by Danysz gallery question each in their own way the relationship to Human and Nature and to the Living, as well as the defense of the Environment, a major stake of our contemporary time. Therefore, they all place environmental issues at the heart of their art, making Human, Nature and the Environment powerful themes in their work and a firm commitment defining their perception of our world.
"Art definitely has the power to make change in our society. We believe the act of making art itself is political. We try to give the audience the opportunity to imagine a better world. The impact that a piece can have on someone’s day may be small, but it’s still an impact. We believe that the role of the artist is to deliver hope, advocate for freedom and raise awareness about the issues that are happening in their time."
- Icy and Sot
icy and sot
The Iranian brothers Icy And Sot blend in their work the testimony of their own migration and exile in the USA with current climate change and environmental issues. Through Tumultes, the duo of committed artists presents videos, photographs as well as an installation highlighting the climate emergency and the multiple imprints left by humans on nature.
It is then a picture of our contemporary world with all its flaws, breakdowns and tragedies that paint the artists. However Icy and Sot are never guilty of resignation or fatalism. Their work is beaming with hope and resilience. The destiny of these two artists is already in itself one reason not to despair of the world, for Icy and Sot demonstrate that talent and perseverance sometimes have the power to overcome the trials of life.
ICY (Saman, born in 1985) and SOT (Sasan, born in 1991) grew up in Tabriz in northern Iran. Their work has been shown in major institutions such as the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art in Munich, the Southampton Arts Center in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Calais, France, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, USA, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, USA, the NUART Festival in Norway, and the Modern, Contemporary and Street Art Museum in Amsterdam, among other places. They live in New York.
"Some would say that I disappear into the landscape. Personally, I would say that it is the environment that swallows me up."
- Liu Bolin
Liu Bolin, artist known for his use of camouflage in order to blend into the landscape (unless it is the landscape that absorbs him), invites us to discover the photographs of his famous series "Invisible Man". A way to literally merge with nature and to sound the death knell of a binary vision of humans separated from their environment.
"I use a sniper’s technique," said Liu Bolin in a TED talk in 2013, commenting on his famous series Invisible Man. A chameleon artist, through his own dissimulation Liu Bolin creates a tension in the image, a tension that calls for a response, a reaction from the viewer.
In parallel with his photo-performances, Liu Bolin continues to practice sculpture, the medium with which he started as an artist - and creates human figures made of electronic components, motherboards, USB cables. This sculpture work completes, and in one way illuminates, the Invisible Man series. It proceeds from the same vision of humanity in jeopardy, and invites us to question whether our species isn’t perhaps on the path to being dissolved into the technological, economic and political structures of the contemporary age.
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong province, eastern China. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong Fine Arts University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China. His works are regularly exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He lives and works in Beijing.
British artist Robert Montgomery is interested in “what it feels like on the inside to live in Late-Capitalism”. Often poetic, many of his works are displayed outdoors in a variety of mediums: posters, LED signs, woodwork set on fire in the context of performances. In his studio, he turns to painting, watercolor or wood carving. Tinted with melancholy, his words are sometimes charged with a sense of existential doom. Sometimes also beaming with hope. Ecology, war, apathy, alienation are some of his recurrent themes, with this underlying idea that “art can be transformative”. The guest of honor at COP26, invites us to preserve the Earth and to rediscover the link that unites us to the world.
Robert Montgomery was born in Chapelhall, Scotland, in 1972. He was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the Lyon Biennale of contemporary art (France) in 2011, the Kochi Biennale (India) in 2012, and the Yinchuan Biennale (China) in 2016. He has produced large-scale light installations in the public space in various European cities like Berlin, London, Paris, Athens, and more. His work has been presented at the Aspen Art Museum (USA), the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (USA), or the Cer Modern Museum (Ankara, Turkey). His works are in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Albright Knox Museum (USA). He lives in London.
"Art does not aim to resolve problems, but to generate questions, surges of conscience regarding the myriad issues in our world. Hence, the ecological nature of artistic creation, Rero’s ethical exigency pertaining to the new generation, as a gesture of moral resistance. To depict the constructive desire to live and to reflect upon social and political drift, despite a chaos that is always irreversible."
- Achille Bonito Olivia
With his intriguing work, Rero systematically uses Verdana font, one of the most widely used, to draw words or phrases that he immediately crosses out. A conceptual approach that allows him to state and contradict at the same time in order to better question the ambivalent nature of things and the codes of our contemporary societies.
In his work, Rero puts down one way of thinking and then the opposite way of thinking, making a composition with synthesis but with open conclusions. The artist always writes three dots at the end of his works to start the conversation allowing the viewer to read it whether negatively or positively.
RERO was born in 1983 and studied graphic design at the London College of Communication. His works have been shown in numerous public and private spaces, including Pompidou Center, Musée en Herbe and Musée de la Poste, Confluences in Paris and Antje Øklesund (Berlin). More recently, his work has been exhibited throughout France, the United States, Brasil, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. He lives and works between Paris and Rio de Janeiro.
“I’m not trying to change the world; I try to show the contradictions, to understand and to live with them because there are many things we can’t change.”
Self-taught, Saype is known today for his paintings on grass, made with eco-responsible paint. Certainly one of the most publicized artists in 2019, he was notably named by the famous magazine Forbes as one of the thirty most influential personalities under the age of thirty in the world having marked the universe of arts and culture.
The artist who distinguishes himself by his monumental interventions on the ground on thousands of square meters of grass, earth or sand, which reveal all their magnitude seen from the sky. With his works, ephemeral by nature, a combination between street-art and land-art, he questions our societies on their excesses while calling for more solidarity.
Guillaume Legros alias Saype, passionate about philosophical and existential questions, explores issues around the human and nature. This approach leads to the creation of scenes in the most unexpected places with eco-responsible and biodegradable paint on grass.
A fervent optimist, the land artist put his art at the service of humanity by launching the pharaonic project Beyond Walls in 2019, to symbolically create the largest human chain in the world, calling for a global movement to break down the walls that separate humans to emphasize the importance of our place on earth.
"I am convinced that humanity will better face its challenges, especially climatic ones, by remaining united. We are living in a time of history when mankind is turning in on itself. Our world is hyper-connected, but this globalization is not synonymous with sharing and coming together. This idea of wanting to close the borders is a view of the mind..."
For Tumultes, the musician, composer and producer of electronic music Gabriel Legeleux, also known as Superpoze, reactivates a successful exhibition he had made in 2017 within the Danysz Paris - Marais gallery, including an installation of 8 videos set up with in the center, a piano and a score transcribing the music of his second album, "For We The Living", inviting the public to reinterpret his tracks. An interactive work that takes shape before our eyes and an imaginary and aesthetic story of a near end of the world with, in hollow, the narration of a new world to build.
We often meet Superpoze for his music, softness and mysticism of the piano with the brutality of progressives and electronics sounds. With For We The Living, Superpoze make real the imaginary that impregnate his work. By gathering separate items, like melodies, recorded music, record sleeve, booklet, clips and concerts, his immersive installation within the Collegiate Church Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier reveals the immanent character of the album and link up to physical world a music that is mainly diffused in a digital version.
A musician himself (he studied classical percussion at the conservatoire), co-producer of albums (notably for multi-platinum french rapper Lomepal and award-winning singer Alex Beaupain amongst others), and also a film-score composer (“Close Enemies” with Matthias Schoenaerts and Reda Kateb), Gabriel Legeleux admits to an obsession: making sure an album never sounds like a compilation, but has a connecting thread, an identifiable sound.
“I love records that are an overall work. There’s the idea of making coherent albums and finding a balance, not only for the individual tracks, but for the album itself. What interests me is the consistency and radicalism of records. People come to me looking for a sensibility they hear in my own music. A certain lyricism, but also a kind of blueprint, work on the sounds. A certain melancholy, too.”
Zevs, who for several years has been developing a series of plastic and conceptual works revolving around the impact of human activities on nature, presents polyptychs that put into perspective the damages caused by the oil industry (carbon emissions, exploitation of the seabed, hydrocarbon pollution).
Therefore, through Tumultes, Zevs reaffirms his status as a committed artist by revealing the fragility of the world: atmospheric pollution, turbid waters and melting ice, all testify to an environment degraded by human hyperactivity. His work, both satirical and committed, invites introspection on our ways of consumption and questions the failings of a consumerist society in a cynical and offbeat way.
Born in 1977, Aguirre Schwarz alias Zevs, first chose the city and its surroundings as his favorite playgrounds, places of artistic staging ideal for his « visual attacks ». From the streets to the walls of the galleries, the artist-visual artist reacts to urban signs and codes of consumption, questioning public space and its relationship to society.
“Dialogue with nature remains a condition for the artist sine qua non. The artist is man; he himself is nature, a piece of nature in the natural area.”
- Paul Klee
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