An alchemical journey in three acts
Anthological exhibition (works 2010-2022)
Primo Piano LivinGallery is pleased to present the anthological exhibition by Hélène Delanoë titled An alchemical journey in three acts. The event, under auspices by Municipality of Lecce, and curated by Dores Sacquegna, opens on Saturday 30 April at 7:30 pm in the presence of the Artist, the Mayor Carlo Salvemini and the audience. The exhibition will remain open until May 13, 2022.
In an evocative dialogue with the Renaissance architecture of the Palmieri Foundation in Lecce, on display the works by French artist Hélène Delanoë, who lives and works between Lyon and Paris. She is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst and she has lived for many years in Africa. In 1997 one of her works won the First City of Paris Prize. Since 1998 she has exhibited internationally in Europe and Asia.
The anthological exhibition is divided into three moments of investigation, including The Volcanic Matter, The Journey and the Stereotype of the Other, a tribute to the pictorial culture of the Far East, with a selection of works from 2010 to date. An artistic path imbued with a strong anthropological and exploratory connotation that goes hand in hand with his life, with his cultural anthropology studies in Africa, with his activity as a psychoanalyst, with his travels around the world and with his encounters with great artists, his contemporaries. On the day of the inauguration, the composer, and double bass player Angelo Urso will evoke the artist’s works in live music in a spectacular sound painting performance.
The works (click here to preview them)
The first cycle is dedicated to the evolution of the world from its primordial birth with Volcanic Matter, to its magmatic, incandescent, and tarry flows, where the sign and the form are swallowed by colours, which mixed with wax and other techniques create grainy surfaces, scratchy, such as cracks in the earth’s crust or volcanic eruptions. Here we find works such as Noir (2010) or Matiere Volcanique Rouge (2012), created after studies and direct observation at the Etna volcano in Italy, at Teide in the Canary Islands in Spain and on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean at east of Madagascar. From 2017 the works of the chromatic and alchemical scale such as Volcan de mer, Catharsis, Transmutation and Moisson du ciel (2018) which concludes this cycle.
The second cycle is linked to the theme of travel and the stereotype of the other and the different, in which the artist pays homage to the exploratory curiosity of travellers between the 16th and 19th centuries with mixed media works and various assemblages composed of photographs, engravings and old maps, which become the traces of an intuitive handwriting and which evoke the mythical anthropocentric journeys of Christopher Columbus in the Americas and beyond. This cycle includes works such as A la découverte du nouveau monde and Lanzarote (2012-2016). The journey continues with the works of 2019 to which L’ile au Tresor and Love belong, a work that speaks of the identity crisis trapped in a self-referential system composed of the globe, in which only love can perform that function of antidote to the pathology of the post-technological age. Art explodes, becomes circular, redefines the habitat, creates a dimension of perceptual experience and is intertwined in natural and artificial elements as in the case of the Parcours work that closes this cycle.
In the third and last cycle, the homage is to the pictorial culture of the Far East, to its notion of emptiness, serenity, Zen evocation. These paintings evoke mountains, water and skies and are distinguished from the first cycle by the increasing variable of light, expressed in shades of grey, blue and creamy white. Here the borders expand, become liquid, metamorphic, sonorous, and fragmented in diptychs and triptychs and we find works such as Blue (2010), Arches sonores (2014), Mouvement et calm (2016), Blanc Griffe, (2016-2017), Sans Titre, (2021) and the last works of 2022 dedicated to the Planètes bleues, and to the Bleu des lointains, a new imaginary journey into space and the sounds of natural elements.
A plural and metaphorical thematic path, which enhances the plasticity of the material, evokes movement and sound. An alchemical and anthropological journey inside and outside the borders of the world.
Hélène Delanoë lives and works between Lyon and Paris. She is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst and she has lived for many years in Africa. She is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst, you have lived for many years in Africa. In May 68, she returned to Paris where she settled in the artists’ quarter in the Marais, and where she attended the carving and engraving techniques workshops of Attali and Serge Kantorowicz. Her colleagues and friends include Guillaume Corneille (of the Cobra group), Guy Roussille, Georges Jeanclos, Daniel Bordier and Breyten Breytenbach, an African poet and painter. Since 1998 she has exhibited in the Parisian capital but also abroad with solo and group exhibitions, biennials, art fairs and museums in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Lithuania, South Korea among others.
Angelo Urso is a jazz bass player from Salento. The Mediterranean is the place that inspires the sounds of the composer, whose music evokes a hidden desire for travel and encounters. Among his compositions is the Progetto Vulcano where he makes use of master craftsmen of wrought iron as a percussion instrument, for a completely innovative concert for Bells and Orchestra. Expert in the technique of Sound painting, in 2020 he realizes the Shape project with the participation of the Bud Powell sound-painting orchestra. He plays in the Ghetonia traditional music formation, collaborates with the flutist Antonio Cotardo and has significant collaborations with musicians such as Almoraima among others.
On display, the Primo Piano Edizioni catalog, with critical texts by the authors and the works presented in Lecce.
Primo Piano thanks the Salento Wines Contino as technical sponsor (http://www.continowines.it/)
Info Date and Venue
From 30 April to 13 May 2022
Palmieri Foundation, Vico Dei Sotterranei, Lecce
Open every day from 11:00m to 13:00am – from 17:30pm to 21:00pm
Sunday morning and other times by appointment. Free entry
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