Elemental Perception at Galloire’s Dubai Gallery
06.01.2023
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Galloire’s Dubai Gallery is currently holding Elemental Perception, a group exhibition featuring the artworks of such eminent artists as Julio Le Parc, Blair Thurman, Jan Kalab, Miguel Chevalier, and Jean-Baptiste Bernadet. They use geometric forms, colour, and light to elicit a response from the viewer and innate connection with them. The exhibition will be open to the public until January 15, 2023.

In the show, one can explore the art pieces that invite them to see by sense. Julio Le Parc, who focuses on Op Art and Kinetic Art, entwines the viewers with the art, where they are involved in the creative process. Blair Thurman’s geometric paintings resonate with memories and fascination of childhood. Vividly colourful abstract artworks of Jean-Baptiste Bernadet make one think of impressionist landscapes. The computer-induced logic of hybridization, architectural fantasies, and virtual cities emerge created by Miguel Chevalier. Creation, life, and a universe expanding constantly can be spotted in the cheerful colours and organic forms of Jan Kalab’s 3D paintings.

About the artists

Julio Le Parc (born in 1928 in Mendoza, Argentina) studied at the National University of the Arts, Argentina. In 1958, he went to Paris after getting a scholarship from the French Cultural Service and has been living there since then. In 1966, Le Parc got the International Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale. His art can be seen in public collections such as MoMa New York; Tate London; MNAM/Centre Georges Pompidou Paris; and LACMA.

Julio Le Parc, Alchimie 354, 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 78 7/10 × 78 7/10 × 2 in | 200 × 200 × 5 cm

Blair Thurman (born in 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) presently lives in New York. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada, with a BFA degree and received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Thurman draws his inspiration from Pop art, Minimalism, relics from childhood, pop music, and 1970s films. He explores the intersection between our cultural environment and our fantasies.

The artist has taken part in several shows including Le Magasin — Centre National d’Art Contemporain, France (2014) and “Honeybadgers, ” Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma (2015). His works are displayed in such permanent collections as the Centre national des arts plastique, Paris; Le Consortium, Dijon; and others.

Jan Kalab (born in 1978 in Czechoslovakia) resides in Prague. In 2001, he graduated from Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, in 2006. Kalab is one of the first graffiti artists in the Czech Republic with many public space works all over the globe. He is focused on abstract geometrical patterns in 2D and 3D.

Jan Kaláb, Aqua Ameba 622, 2022. Acrylic on canvas. 41 3/10 × 53 9/10 × 2 in | 105 × 137 × 5 cm

The artist has participated in numerous shows: Shape Of Mind, HOFA Gallery, 2022 (Mykonos, Greece); Cosmic Spring, Macadam Gallery, 2021, (Brussels, Belgium); Watch This Space, LAZinc gallery, 2019 (London, UK); Grand Opening, Mirus Gallery, 2018 (Denver, USA); and others.

Digital artist Miguel Chevalier (born in 1959 in Mexico City) lives and works in Paris, France. In 1983, he received degrees in Fine Art and Archeology from Université de Paris La Sorbonne, France, and a degree in Visual Arts from Université de Paris Saint Charles, France. The same year, the artist graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.

In his art, Chevalier explores such themes as nature, artifice, virtual cities, and intricate designs. He is an author of a lot of projects: virtual reality installations; sculptures made with a 3D printer or using laser cutting; holographic images, and others.

Miguel Chevalier, Digital Supernova, 2019. Virtual reality artwork. Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret

Jean-Baptiste Bernadet (born in Paris in 1978) resides in Brussels. His art pieces are included in the collections of Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Cité de la Tapisserie à Aubusson and Fondation Louis Vuitton, and others. In his works, there is an atmospheric cosmos, in which nature, emotion, and psyche are at the centre and in which a landscape, its memory, and the imagination engage with each other.

To get more information about the Elemental Perception show, please visit its official web page.

You might also be interested in visiting a group exhibition of well-known artists at Perrotin.