Thursday, November 23, 2023

In apnea. Paintings by Caroline Ledoux. Gallery Nostrum (BE). Nov 2023.

November 10th - December 9th, 2023.

Man is captive and a stranger to a world that escapes him.

Animist thought.

Pastel colored bunkers, refined or dark landscapes, the world is magical and scary.

The landscape is active.

Fascinated but resigned, spectral beings, wander melancholically and passively in this strange universe for which they do not have the codes.

In apnea. Between two eras.

And our ruins in freeze frame…

Man is captive and a stranger to a world that escapes him.

In the 1960s, the chemist James Lovelock (1919-2022) formulated the hypothesis of an Earth capable of self-regulation.

This theory is still subject to controversy but it is, for the philosopher Bruno Latour, as important as the discovery of heliocentrism by Galileo. It still infuses current thinkers and is at the heart of numerous debates around the Anthropocene.

In this vision, each organism necessarily contributes to the balance of the system. This notion of community induces an equivalence of roles: it is a fragile alchemy of the whole which allows life to continually adapt and persist for three billion years. If an element fails, it is eliminated.

In my paintings the earth system, deterministic, has decided to continue to function without man.

No longer having their place in this model, spectral beings, wander resigned, in apnea, in a worrying world for which they no longer have the codes, and which ignores them.

Existence hanging by a thread.

The traces of their passage remain, like stigmata of their dysfunctions: empty battlefields, bunkers from the Second World War, the ghost mining town of Ha-Shima*... so many marks of failures of being at world.

*Ha-Shima (or Gunkan-jima) is a coal mining island city off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. Massively exploited by Mitsubishi since 1890, this territory of 0.063 km2 had the highest population density in the world in the 1950s. After having suffered numerous typhoons, hostile and dilapidated, it is today listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Caroline Ledoux is originally from Namur (Be). In 2014 she began studying painting at the Academy of Fine arts in Wavre (Be). Since then she has participated in numerous exhibitions across Belgium and in 2020 was awarded the public prize at the Concours des arts plastiques et visuels de Nivelles (Be). Recent exhibitions include Osmoses, Osmosekes  at Espace Hors Les Murs (Tangissart, Be) and Cracks at Wetground (Brussels, Be).

This is Caroline’s first solo-exhibition at Gallery Nostrum. Her work was previously included in the Galleries’ group exhibition bodies: noun/verb (Jan ’23) and JOY SANDWICH (Jul ’23), a world-wide project devised by renowned British artist, Stuart Semple.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Jedlitschka Gallery, Zürich (Ch). Represented Artists: Nov 4 - Jan 13, 2023/24.


Gallery artists
November 4, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m


Under the title “ Accrochage, Artists of the Gallery ”, Jedlitschka Gallery is showing works by 19 artists in a group exhibition. As usual, progressive, figurative and contemporary. We are looking forward to your visit.
Exhibition duration: November 4th, 2023 – January 13th, 2024


Chris Dennis - The Aviarist 9 - 2015, 60x50cm 60x40cm

Patrizia Casagranda - Pink Rose Empowerment / 2022, 80x120cm

Leipzig School and other positions

We are pleased to be able to show you a wide range of contemporary art. 19 international and national artists exhibit their works. With paintings, multiples and small sculptures, the artists invite you to engage in discourse. Colors, shapes and sensual impressions characterize the exhibition at the end of the year.

We're excited to see what the international, award-winning artist Patrizia Casagranda has to offer us.

Other artists with no less charisma and influence in the art world such as Klaus Prior, Patrizia Casagrande or Mario Dalpra, another insider tip among art collectors in Switzerland, who with his You will be present with your selected works in countless exhibitions in Europe, the USA, Latin America, Australia and Asia.
Kristian von Hornsleth became world famous for his controversial Hornsleth Village Project in 2006, in which 100 Ugandan villagers were paid with cattle to legally change their name to Hornsleth . As a commentary on First World hypocrisy and unfree trade. He shows two works from the FMBO series with two world-famous super models.
You can see the list of participating artists at the end of the text. Immerse yourself with us in the world of figurative progressive contemporary art and leave everyday life behind you for a moment.

Participating artists:
Adrian Bütikofer, Alex Bär, Alexander Heil, August Dimitrov, Bruno Müller-Meyer, Chris Dennis, Francesco Bonnano, Gabriel Mazenauer, Hans Bach, Karl Heinz Oswald, Klaus Prior, Kristian von Hornselth, Ksenia Friesen, Mario Dalpra, Miniya Mikic, Nicola Zaric, Patrizia Casagrande, Rik Beemsterboer, Vector Trash.

Mario Dalpra - Hey You / 2015, 140x110cm

It's not black and white. Gallery Nostrum (Be). Sep 2 - Oct 7, 2023


A group exhibition featuring the work of Francesco Battistello Florian Breetzke, Chris Dennis, Rosette De Stefano, Antonio Franchetti, Marie-Charlotte Nouza, Axelle VM Philtjens, Olivier Van Uffel, Pierre Vasic.

Chris Dennis. Sorry Christopher. 2021

It's not black and white. Chris Dennis . 2021. 38x53cm

Sorry. Chris Dennis . 2021. 38x53cm

Artists Antonio Franchetti (L), Francesco Battistello (R).

Portal, Anonymous (1973)

Stuart Semples' JOY SANDWICH at Gallery Nostrum July 15 2023


This July, spontaneous art Happenings will take place in over 30 locations around the globe. 


In the spirit of the golden age of happenings, these spontaneous works will erupt and be led entirely by you, the participants. 


At this time the Happenings themselves are a secret that will be revealed on the day. 

It is totally free and you can expect the happening to last about an hour.


These new ‘Joy Sandwich’ Happenings will wrestle once again with recurring themes in Semple’s work - ideas of technological isolation, physical community, connection and the impact of art on societal mental health. 

With several communities around the world still failing to reconnect after covid the artist hopes that these Happenings might be a small way to bridge the gap between our connected digital lives and the real world. 

Stuart Semple is a multi-disciplinary British artist, who over the last 25 years has presented several performances and Happenings including his HappyCloud work where artificially generated eco clouds in the shape of smileys are released into the sky. First released from outside Tate Modern in London, the work has been presented by Hong Kong Arts Center, Denver Art Museum and The Whitworth. Cities including Dublin, Toronto and Moscow have hosted the work. 

Pre-Pandemic Semple’s ‘Hug Huddle’, took place at London’s tower bridge where strangers embraced one another. His ‘Emotional Baggage Drop’, took residence at Denver’s Union Station - where passersby could confide an emotional burden in a stranger, in a structure akin to a catholic confessional. Semple’s ‘Jump’ for Federation Square in Melbourne gave the simple instruction to the public to play on a giant inflatable white platform. Whilst ‘Something Else’ took in the entirety of London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery last summer, with a series of participatory happenings woven through a complex set of installations and performances. 

He is perhaps best known for his online performance project around the Blackest Black and Pinkest Pink paints, where he famously banned fellow artist Anish Kapoor from using them, before disseminating multiples of them to hundreds of thousands of artists on the condition that they confirmed they “were not Anish Kapoor, or associated with him”. 

Speaking of ‘Joy Sandwich’, Stuart Semple explains: “We are at a time of hyper-communication, where we are in touch globally like never before. At the same time, I feel our digital bonds have atomized us. I’ve always been into happenings, and the way the seemingly spontaneous can transform everyday life and people into art.Art has become so loaded, so complicated. Bizarre in its cannibalism by commerce. I hope, more than anything that these works create memories for those that participate, and maybe an idea that people coming together is art in its own right”.