For this new edition of Paris Gallery Weekend, Galerie Vallois will present in its space at 41 rue de Seine Gravity, the fourth exhibition by the artist King Houndekpinkou within its walls. Gravity marks a deepening both in his creative process and in his existential reflection. The ceramicist has always had a very spiritual approach to his art, inspired by animist cultures, especially Japan, and Benin the country from which he originates. This time he stopped at the concept of gravity, this physical law that brings everything back to the earth, its material. Like this earthly attraction to which we are constantly subject, without even being aware of it, ceramics is omnipresent in our lives but we pay little attention to it. Thinking of gravity takes us out of the materiality of everyday life, and brings out in us the consciousness of the vital forces that surround us, the vertigo of the universe. Where science stops, the occult forces begin, which we do not control and which is for the artist a source of fascination and questioning.
The Galerie Vallois Modern and Contemporary Art was created by Robert Vallois in 1983. Today it is spread over two spaces in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, at 35 and 41 rue de Seine, just near the Art Deco gallery founded in 1971 by Robert and Cheska Vallois. Initially devoted to contemporary sculpture, the gallery has gradually opened up to other mediums and today represents painters, photographers and sculptors. Since 2012 Robert Vallois has embarked on a new project: supporting the young generation of African visual artists, mainly from Benin. With this goal in mind, the Gallery funded, in 2013, the construction of the Center in Cotonou, a multidisciplinary space devoted to contemporary creation.
A-Sun Wu • Edwige Aplogan • Aston • Mark Brusse • Agustin Cardenas • Jorge Luis Miranda Carracedo • Marius Dansou • Kifouli Dossou • Gao Brothers • George Herms • King Houndekpinkou • Stéphane Pencreac’h • Gérard Quenum • Dominique Zinkpe