Always ready to seize the imprint of the world, the interpenetration of the human being and his environment, Eloïse Van der Heyden explores the material to reveal the correspondences between the elements.
A fire has left a part of the trees of the forest burned, Eloise Van der Heyden who then takes prints of bark and trunk, is fascinated by this carbonized material which she absorbs with the paper the blackness of the pigments. The smoke, resulting from the disappearance, joined the skies. From then on, this element fascinates her and leads her into a work of experimentation. She smokes ceramics, printing infinite shades of black smoke on terracotta sculptures. Thus appears a set of celestial bodies, spherical or curved.
Then it is a paper work that she wants to smoke: a dress, treated in three dimensions. The paper sculpture resists the flashlight, and is magnified, animated by the symbolic force of fire.
The smoke escapes and joins the skies that the artist creates with the indigo dye. This traditional technique links her again to the plant. With her hands in a vat of this living material, with this very earthy gesture, she seeks to capture the ethereal. Eloïse Van der Heyden's exhibition apprehends the world as she apprehends art and life, an indissociable whole, a permanent circulation of the elements, of what is deepest in each and everything.
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The gallery Catherine Putman is specialized in works on paper by contemporary French and International artists. Located on first floor, near the Centre Pompidou, the gallery is a place enjoying an intimate atmosphere. Catherine Putman opened this space in 2005, after years of publishing activities initiated by Jacques Putman in the 70s with artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Max Ernst, Bram van Velde, then Genevi ve Asse, Georg Baselitz, Pierre Buraglio, Tony Cragg, Claude Viallat. Since Catherine Putman’s death in 2009, Eléonore Chatin her collaborator took over the responsibilities of the director and preserved its specificity by maintaining close relationships with its artists and by establishing new collaborations, with a particular focus on contemporary drawing.
Pierre Alechinsky • Geneviève Asse • Georg Baselitz • Pierre Buraglio • Alain Clément • Frédéric Malette • Agathe May • Jean Messagier • Bernard Moninot • Keita Mori • Georges Noël • Carmen Perrin • Frédéric Poincelet • Sophie Ristelhueber • Georges Rousse • Gérard Traquandi • Eloïse Van der Heyden • Bram van Velde • Claude Viallat