Archives Babak Ghazi — Girlfriend Photos Past: January 12 → February 16 As well as the casual voyeurism found when surfing the web or flicking through a magazine, Ghazi wants to explore what compels girlfriends to pose and boyfriends to photograph, finding fascination in these images that are often surprisingly poetic with their pre-digital glitches and determined eroticism.
Archives Donelle Woolford — MaLeVoLeNcE Past: October 26 → December 8, 2012 As images, Woolford’s paintings deepen her commitment to making artworks that “look like” known artists and styles. Woolford’s paintings are stand-ins, facsimiles, stage props. The paintings, rendered in marker, acrylic paint, and ballpoint pen, have all the telltale signs of “process” and “revisions,” evidence of the artist thinking out loud.
Archives Pierre Ardouvin — Brain damage Past: September 8 → October 20, 2012 The work of Pierre Ardouvin develops like an elliptical scenario of our disillusionment. His poetry, often linked to popular culture, comes from a “disturbed” relationship with language and the world. “There’s someone in my head but it’s not me,” sings Pink Floyd in Brain Damage, an indictment of violence in the news and media.
Archives Glaze Past: June 8 → July 28, 2012 Glaze presents an orchestrated selection of objects which, when brought together, propose to question the power of context, both implicit and constructed, as a filter for determining and influencing our way of looking. The show is an exploration of the pitching of sentiment via the attributes of surface.
Archives Niels Trannois — Above sea level kind of things Past: April 26 → June 2, 2012 For his first solo exhibition, Niels Trannois explores the notion of the apparition and diffraction of pictorial images. The spatial staging of the works presents itself as a possible snapshot of a mental landscape immersed in a stream of immediate sensations; the body is “bathed” in the image gradually surfacing above the level of the sea, of reality, of the visible.
Archives David Renggli — Point of You Past: March 10 → April 21, 2012 As a worthy child of postmodernism, David Renggli plays with contradictions proper to representations of his time, setting up the absurd and the arbitrary as a homogenising principle. A hand pulling a rabbit out of a hat: this might be the formula that sums up the act of creation; reestablishing the arbitrary and the absurd as the roots of the gesture.
Archives Vanille Past: January 14 → March 3, 2012 Vanille brings together sculptural works by artists Nicolas Deshayes and George Henry Longly that explore frameworks of taste and desire in domestic and public settings. The choice of “vanilla” as the exhibition’s title invokes a tongue-in-cheek sense of “taste” as both aesthetic judgment and a flavor.
Archives Rebound — Anne Neukamp Past: October 15 → November 12, 2011 Pour sa seconde exposition personnelle à la galerie Chez Valentin, Anne Neukamp propose un ensemble de ses derniers tableaux grand format à l’intérieur desquels l’image persiste à l’état de fragment, travaillant le frottement entre des motifs figuratifs et leur glissement vers une cosmologie abstraite, dépareillée, lacunaire.
Archives Luca Francesconi — De Labore Solis Past: September 10 → October 8, 2011 For his first exhibition, “De Labore Solis”, at Galerie chez Valentin, Luca Francesconi has decided to present an installation of sculptures and other objects based around the theme of the sun’s movement. Imagined as both a natural element and a metaphysical symbol, the sun refers to the spectrum between all that is infinitely big and infinitely small.
Archives Renaud Jerez / David Douard — Mécanique populaire 2011 Past: June 25 → July 30, 2011 Renaud Jerez confronte ses récentes œuvres avec les pièces de David Douard. Mécanique Populaire est également l’occasion d’une collaboration entre ces deux artistes. Tout en évoluant parallèlement et individuellement, leurs univers respectifs demeurent intimement liés.
Archives Cécile Bart — Odd or even Past: May 7 → June 18, 2011 Présente sur la scène artistique française depuis la fin des années 80, Cécile Bart façonne au fil de ses installations un vocabulaire formel doté d’une forte identité visuelle. Ses œuvres abstraites aux contours géométriques alimentent le regard par de multiples évocations sensorielles.
Archives Veit Stratmann — Un sol parisien / A Paris floor Past: February 26 → March 26, 2011 Chez Valentin Gallery announce the exhibition by Paris-based German artist, Veit Stratmann. Further questioning the problematic of space and its representation, Stratmann’s work once again invests a gallery space for which it was specifically made.
Archives Eric Baudart — Preview Past: January 8 → February 19, 2011 Mesurant des échelles et des rapports d’équivalences, l’univers d’Eric Baudart renvoie à une logique en apparence quantifiable mais qui au contact du regard révèle ses écarts, rendant incertaine toute possibilité de déchiffrement. Car la matière qu’il manipule avec obstination se soustrait à tout mimétisme avec le réel.