Unusable objects chosen for their inutility, revealed to the world’s gaze but conserving their essential fragility and limitations. Handmade objects bearing clear traces of their handling. These recall the age-old gestures of the first artists and their struggle to create; they play out the vestiges of humanity embodied in primeval tools, whether the bow, the snare, the trap, the plumb-line, the shim, or the knob, simple objects that call upon the properties of material, exploiting the rigidity of wood and the resilience of string. Whether wood, rope, mesh or pebbles, these objects manifest the passing of time, polishing and abrading, shining and denaturing, giving them the dull and uniform color of this life while preserving their tenacious tactility. It is an ambivalent sensuality, caught between the distance of the gaze and the desire for touch. This brings us to the painting: move ahead, that’s why we’re here.
Founded in Saint-Étienne in 2006 by François Ceysson and Loïc Bénétière, the gallery is now based in Luxembourg, Paris and New York. The gallery represents the French Supports/Surfaces movement, as well as young international artists as Sadie Laska, Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini, Franck Chalendard, Aurélie Pétrel, mounir fatmi and more.
André-Pierre Arnal / Markus Bacher / Trudy Benson / Robert Brandy / Pierre Buraglio / Louis Cane / Denis Castellas / Franck Chalendard / Daniel Dezeuze / Marc Devade / Noël Dolla / mounir fatmi / Christian Floquet / Joe Fyfe / Toni Grand / Chris Hood / Rémy Jacquier / Sadie Laska / Lauren Luloff / Jean Messagier / Jean-Michel Meurice / Nicolas Momein / Alexander Nolan / Ronald Ophuis / Bernard Pagès / Aurélie Pétrel / Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini / Roland Quetsch / Lionel Sabatté / Patrick Saytour / Mitja Tušek / Bernar Venet / Adrien Vescovi / Claude Viallat / Wallace Whitney / Jesse Willenbring / David Wolle