Celebrated in 2009 as an “exceptional talent” by the Intelligence de la Main prize awarded by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, and in 2012 by Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, which held a retrospective of her work after a four-year residency, American artist Kristin McKirdy is still an experimentalist. She demonstrates as much in her third solo show at the Jousse Entreprise gallery from Friday 18 May to Saturday 23 June. A major figure in contemporary ceramics whose work has recently joined the collections of the Museum of Art and Design [MAD] in the form of a mural sculpture and the “Coffre-Nuage” (literally Cloud-Chest) of Sèvres, McKirdy’s latest works are now being shown at the gallery, from installations and sculptures to a new mural, as well as novel forms and textures. She has made the most of the occasion to explore new avenues.
In this new show, Kristin McKirdy’s vocabulary, which is built on a quest for contrasts, has been enriched. The organic forms, the contrasts between textured black and white surfaces and colored glazes, between rough and smooth, matt and shiny, are very present. Geometric elements and new surface treatments also make their appearance. In the three installations, cylinders and cubes assert their presence, and “shells” become cones. Three large stately “hourglasses” present their strict silhouettes, while biconical forms rest on the ground. Some have a “scored” skin, while others are covered with volumic spirals. But the main innovations lie elsewhere. For the first time, the artist includes light in some of her sculptures. She is also presenting an architectural piece some six feet in height by ten feet wide. This is an open-work piece formed by the repetition of two opposing figures, a shiny colored ball and a softly articulated form, which develops a scratched, predominantly white surface. As for the titles, as is often the case, the works have none. This recurrent absence is intentional, leaving the field free to the onlooker’s imagination. Take a look!
Sunday 27 May 2018 at 12:00 pm
Brunch with Elisabetta Benassi
Sunday 27 May 2018 at 12:00 pm
Brunch and presentation of the exhibition in presence of Kristin McKirdy
Saturday 26 May 2018 at 3:00 pm
Vernissage and italian aperitivo in presence of Elisabetta Benassi
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For thirty years, Philippe Jousse has maintained a passion for the 20th century furniture aesthetic, contributing ceaselessly to the gratitude of creators such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Alexandre Noll, Jean Royère, Mathieu Matégot, Pierre Jeanneret, Georges Jouve, Serge Mouille, and Le Corbusier. Philippe Jousse has played an important role in the development of French and foreign collectors’ tastes by developing two parallel activities: architect furniture and contemporary art. In his gallery, Jousse Entreprise, located on Rue de Seine, Philippe Jousse presents 1950s furniture created by French architects as well as creators from the 1960s and 1970s, represented by Matthias Jousse, Emmanuel Boss, and Kristin McKirdy. The gallery’s contemporary art was recently awarded a new venue on rue Saint-Claude in Paris.
Atelier Van Lieshout / Claude Belgarde / Louidgi Beltrame / Elisabetta Benassi / Jennifer Caubet / Matthew Darbyshire / Florence Doléac / Tim Eitel / Anne-Charlotte Finel / Thomas Grünfeld / Clarisse Hahn / Nathanaëlle Herbelin / Richard Kern / Kristin McKirdy / Martin Le Chevallier / Ange Leccia / Seulgi Lee / Philippe Meste / Ariane Michel / Eva Nielsen / Rometti Costales / Kishin Shinoyama /Francisco Sobrino