Galerie Bessières is pleased to present Beyond Appearances, a group exhibition by Christopher Kuhn, Serge Najjar, Jackson Patterson, Octave Marsal and Alexis Reynaud.
With historical ties to Impressionism and Fauvism to its credit, Maison Levanneur is hosting five artists who represent a form of contemporary continuation with their examination of pictorial and photographic subjectivity and the use of landscapes and cities as full fledged subjects. Given today’s torrent of images, it is more than ever essential to examine the fruitful tension that exists between the visible appearances of reality and its personal substance. The inaugural exhibition of Bessières Art Contemporain Gallery invites visitors to consider different levels of interpretation and to examine the truths that lay hidden “beyond appearances”.
With the American painter Christopher Kuhn, whose work is exhibited in the Solo Show room, surfaces and depths become a matrix. The disturbances that arise from his “painterly alchemy” represent molecular life here, recall cartography there, and elsewhere suggest organic shapes. What appears distant might in fact lie on the surface and vice versa.
With the Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar and the American performer-photographer Jackson Patterson engaging in a dialogue in the Project Space, the notion of appearance is examined through photography with a painterly dimension. Najjar proceeds like a goldsmith of cities as he shows their manifold geometric potential. Patterson includes “off-camera” memories in dreamlike landscapes that illustrate a location’s historic density with a performative process.
The In Progress section (the studio) has Swiss photographer-painter Alexis Reynaud and French draftsman-performer Octave Marsal examining the natural tension between “seeing” and “believing” in black and white.
Alexis Reynaud’s instinctive approach to photography and the astounding force of his images manifest the choice techniques he employs to give emphasis to form. His black and white photographs examine the natural tension between “seeing” and “believing”.
The images in negative of ski slopes captured on camera by Reynaud implicitly portray today’s leisure society, while Octave Marsal, a whiz with pencils, makes virtuoso drawings in which he intermingles and superposes epochs and subjects.
More information at https://www.bessieres-art-contemporain.com/
Galerie Bessières - Maison Levanneur, Ile des Impressionnistes
3 rue du Bac, Hameau Fournaise, 78400 Chatou France
January 27, 2018 to March 25, 2018