Jean-Guerly Pétion

Americana Dreaming, 2020, Acrylics on board, barbed wire, 27 x 27 in.

 

Jean-Guerly Petion uses symbols from Haiti, his country of birth, as well as imagery suggesting the extremes of wealth and poverty which exist there. His paintings confront emotionally charged first- and third-world class issues via theoretical texts and compelling images, such as that of his black man vaulting skyward over a strand of barbed wire. Often quoting theoretical texts drawn from Freud, Lacan, Deleuze and others, he refuses any simplistic reading of Voudoun symbology: Marcel Duchamp is stepping on Jean-Michel Basquiat! Petion’s depiction of power plays directly invokes the contemporary art scene itself in assemblage and mixed-media sculpture and painting. The work issues demands for a new reading of gods and commoners, hope and despair. Pétion holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from CalArts. 

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“Per Adolfsen at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel”, By Jonathan Goodman, Tussle Magazine December 2020

 

Per Adolfsen is a Danish artist who regularly makes forays into the countryside with only a pencil and paper to retrieve images from the landscape in highly lyric ways. His color drawings are extraordinarily precise if not very accurate in color, resulting in a hallucinatory image that is as beautiful as it is unusual. Working within a small format, Adolfsen has made a group of drawings that celebrate nature on the scale of chamber music, in which poetry combines with a formal accuracy based on the precise report of the land. The trees and meadows and rocks, with bodies of water and snowy heights, all combine to create a world of unusual, and also innocent, beauty. This is an unusual time for an innocent view of nature, stuck as we are in the morass of decades, if not centuries, of the abuse of the natural world. Adolfsen, who rejects all technology in his practice, working with paper and pencil alone, might be accused of being old-fashioned. But perhaps the greater truth is that the deliberate constraints that he places on materials return him to a past when a romantic view of nature had not been tarnished by exploitation….

Read the Full Article: “Per Adolfsen at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel (link)

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“Treasures from Iraq at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum”, by Tim Hughes, Oxford Times December 2020

 

A cultural melting pot in the cradle of civilization, its history stretches back to 401BC.

Astride the Tigris, opposite the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, it was a cultural treasure house of mosques and churches containing the tombs of Old Testament prophets. But it is not so much its ancient glories which have fixed it in our consciousness, but the horrors of the past two decades.

It was battered by the Americans after the 2003 invasion, devastated by suicide attacks, then suffered the worse excesses of Islamic extremism, resulting in a Christian exodus before falling into the hands of Islamic State. ISIS or ‘Da’esh’ left the place a ruin, smashing many of its precious artefacts – not least those in the Mosul Museum where Assyrian sculptures were smashed.

Moved by the destruction, artist Piers Secunda visited the Mosul Museum in 2018, and was given permission by Iraq’s Minister of Culture to mould the broken stone surfaces of destroyed treasures from the Assyrian Rooms…

 

Read The Full Article: “Treasures from Iraq at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum” (link)

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Nov. 19: Virtual lecture with artist Lien Truong

Nov. 19: Virtual lecture with artist Lien Truong

 

 

A virtual lecture with artist Lien Truong will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Truong’s art practice examines the social and cultural influences that shape belief systems and heritage. Landscapes symbolizing violence and tragedy and significant American icons in the civil rights movement are translated through oil paint and painting on silk. Through a type of blended narrative painting, the work is created through a hybridity of painting materials, techniques and philosophies, embedding in it, the complex cultural histories that mirror the Asian American lens. The lecture is made possible through the Forst Endowed Fine Arts Visiting Artist Program.

 

Lien Truong is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery. She has received reviews and mentions in Art Asia Pacific, The San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, New American Paintings, and ARTit Japan. Truong is a recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.

 

Virtual lecture on Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://wsu.zoom.us/j/94949316640?pwd=VnlUQ08xUFJWT0ZUSENxMTk0QmJmUT09

More info at finearts.wsu.edu/event/lien-troung-artist-talk

Full Article link: https://news.wsu.edu/2020/11/16/nov-19-virtual-lecture-artist-lien-truong/

 

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Coup De Ville 2020: Chasing Flowers (Lennart Rieder)

 

COUP DE VILLE 2020 – CHASING FLOWERS

 

Every few years, contemporary art platform WARP immerses the city of Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) in the hottest new contemporary art with the ‘Coup de Ville’ arts tour.  Previous editions in 2010, 2013 and 2016 attracted over 10,000 visitors to our city.

 

The fourth edition of Coup de Ville in 2020 – ‘Chasing Flowers’ – will be a quest for flowers. For the first time since its launch WARP has given the artists a specific theme. The flower is a unique symbol connecting nature and culture. A question is, how we can – through art – create space where not only economical, but also ecological and social values are at stake.

 

Coup de Ville 2020 combines new site-specific creations, with already existing historical art pieces or oeuvres of sometimes underestimated artists. From the concept of beauty, to economics and migration, and reproduction – all the artists choose their own angle to add to a concept that takes over the city. Visitors discover both public and private spaces, historical landmarks, hidden gardens or undefined space with its own potential.

 

This edition will take place in the autumn of 2020 (September 11th – October 11th).

 

Participating artists:

Grace Ellen Barkey (BE), Boris Beja (SLO), Stefan Bertalan (RO), Marie Cloquet (BE), Gabriella Ciancimino (IT), Larissa Cluzet (FR), Jana Cordenier (BE), Peter De Cupere (BE), A.T. De Keersmaeker/ Thierry De Mey (BE), Hélène Durand (BE), Nick Ervinck (BE), Laura Fitzgerald (IRL), Nilbar Güres (TUR / AT), Eric Joris / CREW (BE), Koyuki Kazahaya (JAP), Ermias Kifleyesus (ETH / BE), Stéphanie Leblon (BE), Benny Luyckx (BE), Marc Maet (BE), Tuur & Flup Marinus (BE), Lisa Matthys (BE), Robert Mitchell (UK – statenloos), Sofie Muller (BE), Astrid Nobel (NL), Nathalie Perret (FR), Lennart Rieder (DE), Maria Roosen (NL), Ibe Ryde (BE), Jinoos Taghizadeh (IRN), Nadine Tasseel (BE), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (GR), Greet Van Autgaerden (BE), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Nils Verkaeren (BE) – Pieter Léon Vermeersch (BE), Filip Vervaet (BE), Lois Weinberger (AT), Tom Woestenborghs (BE), Dirk Zoete (BE), Sarah-Joy Zwarts (NL).

 

Before this main exhibition period, a whole year programme will be dealing with the theme of ‘Chasing Flowers’, including artist talks, lectures, a film and poetry program, etc.

 

Every edition of Coup de Ville includes the publication of an extensive catalogue in Dutch and English. Guided tours in several languages are available for groups and schools. You can already make your reservation and mail us: reservaties@coupdeville.be.

 

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Danny Rolph’s painting “Gallurese” acquired by The Highlanes Art Gallery in Ireland

Gallurese, Acrylic on canvas, 2018, 40 x 30 inches

 

We are pleased to announce that Danny Rolph’s painting “Gallurese” has been acquired by The Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery collection in Ireland. Exhibited in the exhibition “Vision X” (curated by Diana copperwhite) at The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin late last year, it becomes the third work held by Danny in Public Collections alongside the Metropolitan Museum NY and the Tate Collection London. This work is part of the series of canvases completed between 2017-2019 titled  “endangered languages of Italy”  This list of languages was defined by UNESCO a few years ago and prompted the artist, a former Rome Scholar, to create a body of work that would draw attention to this situation. Gallurese is a language spoken in north east Sardinia and is part of the Italo-Dalmation family of languages. Each painting in this series has a fiercely independent character which reflects the particular language in the title. 

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Summer Loving

Summer Loving

August 5 – September 19, 2020

 

Alberto Alejandro Rodriguez, Bernard Ammerer, Brian Cirmo, Carlos Rodriguez Cardenas, Danny Rolph, Darcie Abbatiello, Diana Copperwhite, Electric Coffin, Elio Rodriguez, Ian Hughes, John Parks, Jose Angel Vincench, Lien Truong, Lennart Rieder, Lynn Stern, Marlon Portales, Paco Marcial, Per Adolfsen, Susana Guerrero, Sky Kim.

 

For more information contact the gallery at info@532gallery.com

 

Hours Wed and Thursday 11 – 5 pm, other hours by appointment. Facial protection required. Up to 10 visitors at one time.

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