van Lunen - Polaris

van Lunen – Polaris

15 riue des Arquebusiers, 75003, Paris, Tel : 00 33 (0)1 42 72 21 27
April 10 - May 21, 2022

This enfant terrible of ceramics, exhibits her new series …all about curtains at the Polaris gallery until May 21.

It is through sculpture that Clemence van Lunen comes to art, trained in the studio of Etienne Martin at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, she made her first ceramics in 2004, a medium she will never leave, having become for her a material of formal investigation.

After the exhibition Chinese Landscape in 2010, which closed several journeys in China, Wicked Flowers, in 2013, about Bricks and Flowers in 2016, and her series on cactus, in 2019 Clémence van Lunen continues to develop a singular universe. Often referring to obsolete forms, (bouquets of flowers) or anodyne (vases) or utilitarian , Clémence van Lunen seeks rather what « escapes » the tradition, and and it is perhaps by this escape, often incongruous and insolent that each one can apprehend her work.  Her latest series presented here under the title …all about curtains is inspired by the object of the the curtain, the utilitarian object, that we forget but which in addition to its many functions, impassioned the artist, by its movements, its curves, its flights, its arabesques.

The energy which emerges from these escapes of fabrics, of which Clémence succeeds as by magic to fix the initial trace, obliges us to see how the artist makes the light circulate on the sculptures, and to discover how these colors can at any time change tone according to the light. The technical complexity of these works and the self-derision that the artist develops with humility and intelligence, for each of her series, make her one of the major artists of contemporary ceramics

A catalogue is published at the occasion of the exhibition

74 colour pages – text by Harry Bellet


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