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Le Renne

Fredrik Værslev
14.10.2022 - 15.01.2023
Frac Bretagne, Rennes

 

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Le renne

One of the most original and recognised voices in contemporary painting, Norwegian artist.
Fredrik Værslev navigates between different pictorial traditions. In his practice, he focuses on the process of painting, demonstrating the possibilities and relevance of the medium today.
His works are born out of the encounter between architecture and painting and take the form of painted renderings of motifs from the artist’s daily life.
He treats his paintings as objects, often created by more or less laborious, serial or deterministic processes, in which time itself, as well as various external factors, become active co-creators of the work.
In several series, he has left his paintings outside for long periods, allowing time and external wear and tear to complete them. Other works use seemingly clichéd techniques, motifs or quotations from art history (for example, dripping and splashing). Fredrik Værslev also challenges the painting process by freely collaborating with other artists or by using non-traditional painting tools, such as spray cans or equipment used to paint roads and stadiums. His paintings often oscillate between abstraction and representation, as evidenced by his groundbreaking Terrazzo series, which mimics the materiality of Italian stone floors while appealing to the expressiveness and spontaneity of abstract expressionism. The Canopy series is reminiscent of modernism and its striped paintings, but has its origins in the awnings of the artist’s childhood home.
His forthcoming exhibition in October 2022 in Rennes, the fruit of a discussion begun in 2015 with Etienne Bernard, director of the Frac Bretagne and curator of the exhibition, is intended to be an important step in his career.
It will constitute a form of retrospective of his entire production over the past 15 years.
The artist will present a new series of 40 paintings that will serve as a “re-reading rail” for his older series. Thus, the exhibition presented on more than 500 square meters of the Grande Galerie Sud of the Frac Bretagne will bring together more than 60 masterpieces.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published in French and English by Dilecta, Paris.

THE ARTIST

Fredrik Værslev was born in Moss, Norway in 1979 and lives and works mainly in Oslo.
He started his career as an artist by making graffiti for 10 years, and it was only afterwards that he received an education in contemporary art. Following his studies at the Malmö Art Academy and the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt, he began a series of paintings entitled Terrazzo paintings.
For some, Fredrik Værslev’s work is placed in an undefined space and he himself speaks of “appositions of signs of the world”. He is considered one of the most original artists in contemporary art.


Visuel : © Fredrik Værslev

  • Les finalistes du Prix du Frac Bretagne - Art Norac 2022

Les lézards

Group show
14.10.2022 - 15.01.2023
Frac Bretagne, Rennes
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Les lézards

Frac Bretagne-Art Norac Award 2022 : The Nominees

 

Launched in 2020, he Frac Bretagne–Art Norac Award aims to support the professional development of Brittany-based artists at the international level. The award is a Frac Bretagne initiative supported by Art Norac, the sponsorship association of the Norac group. The goal of the award is to help bring artists active in the region to the international scene, in order to promote the professionalisation of their journey beyond the borders of France.

Les lézards is the exhibition bringing together the 4 finalist artists. It will be presented at the Frac Bretagne from October 14th 2022 to January 15th 2023. During the opening, the winner will be announced. His/Her work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland in 2023.

The Nominees for the 2022 Award

Reda Boussella, Clémence Estève, Fanny Gicquel, Valérian Goalec

 

Elena Cardin is an independent curator and art writer, currently working as Director of Campoli Presti in Paris since 2021. She graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padua (Italy) and she pursued curatorial training at Sorbonne-Paris 4. She works as guest curator for the educational project Orange Rouge which aims to generate the encounter between teenagers with disabilities and contemporary artists through the creation of a collective work. She regularly writes for art magazines such as 02, artpress and Aware magazine. 

Between 2018 and 2019 she was in charge of the off-site curatorial program at Parc Saint Léger – Contemporary Art Center (Bourgogne, France) and she contributed to the development of its public program. In 2017, she was involved in the organization of the 57th Venice Biennale Viva Arte Viva as assistant to the artistic director. 

She is laureate of the Visual Arts Commissions of the Cité Internationale des Arts (2020-2021) as well as of the Lorenzo Bonaldi curatorial award (GAMeC, Bergame). 

Her recent curatorial projects include: Comfort Dreams, Campoli Presti, Paris (2022), The Year of Magical Thinking, Campoli Presti, Paris (2021), Lauren Coullard, Palomar projects Paris (2020), Mona Varichon and Nicolas Faubert, Palomar projects Paris (2021), Laura Gozlan. Vitalium, Parc Saint Léger (2018), Espace Liquides, Parc Saint Léger (2018), Nos ombres devant nous, Fondation Pernod Ricard (2017), Deus sive Natura, GAMeC Bergame (2015), Rob Pruitt Flea Market, Venice (2015). 

Elena Cardin is an independent curator and art writer, currently working as Director of Campoli Presti in Paris since 2021. She graduated in Philosophy at the University of Padua (Italy) and she pursued curatorial training at Sorbonne-Paris 4. She works as guest curator for the educational project Orange Rouge which aims to generate the encounter between teenagers with disabilities and contemporary artists through the creation of a collective work. She regularly writes for art magazines such as 02, artpress and Aware magazine. 

Between 2018 and 2019 she was in charge of the off-site curatorial program at Parc Saint Léger – Contemporary Art Center (Bourgogne, France) and she contributed to the development of its public program. In 2017, she was involved in the organization of the 57th Venice Biennale Viva Arte Viva as assistant to the artistic director. 

She is laureate of the Visual Arts Commissions of the Cité Internationale des Arts (2020-2021) as well as of the Lorenzo Bonaldi curatorial award (GAMeC, Bergame). 

Her recent curatorial projects include: Comfort Dreams, Campoli Presti, Paris (2022), The Year of Magical Thinking, Campoli Presti, Paris (2021), Lauren Coullard, Palomar projects Paris (2020), Mona Varichon and Nicolas Faubert, Palomar projects Paris (2021), Laura Gozlan. Vitalium, Parc Saint Léger (2018), Espace Liquides, Parc Saint Léger (2018), Nos ombres devant nous, Fondation Pernod Ricard (2017), Deus sive Natura, GAMeC Bergame (2015), Rob Pruitt Flea Market, Venice (2015). 

 

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Top images : Clémence Estève – Photo credit: Denis Estève / Fanny Gicquel – Photo credit: Malo Legrand / © Valérian Goalec / Reda Boussella – Photo credit: All rights reserved.

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