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Almine Rech

Alexandre Lenoir sous le niveau de la mer

Apr 14 — May 29, 2021 | Paris, Matignon

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Almine Rech Paris ⎜Matignon is pleased to present Alexandre Lenoir’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from April 14 to May 29, 2021. 

You show me your paintings

Outside, I sit down, and you come over and show me the paintings. It would be easy to say that the third scene is the event of the image, the one where it appears. It’s the scene of exhibition (showing your painting to me, showing this text, showing the work at the gallery). After the geological stage, the image arrives. After the quakes and the quivering, the image comes out like a snapshot, like something that breaks with the past. That’s Gaston Bachelard, who, unlike Bergson, imagines the instant as solitude, as discontinuity, a break, an essential and non-artificial cut. The time when the image appears (the instant) is radically new and must be marked by an attack (I imagine this as a coup d’état). It would also be the time for synthesis, between you and the world. We aren’t going to resolve this here, this idea of creation (which is actually very violent), this idea of work for the production of a figure that has become recognizable even if we never identify it, as in Plage (2021).

- Chris Cyrille-Isaac

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Selected artworks

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      à la surface, 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir à la surface, 2021

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    177 x 245 cm
    69 3/4 x 96 1/2 in

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      Les Oiseaux (mangrove), 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir Les Oiseaux (mangrove), 2021

    Acrylic on canvas
    230 x 336 cm
    90 1/2 x 132 1/4 in

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      Plage, 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir Plage, 2021

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    147 x 197 cm
    57 7/8 x 77 1/2 in

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      Baigneuse, 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir Baigneuse, 2021

    Acrylic on canvas
    148 x 169 cm
    58 1/4 x 66 1/2 in

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      Baigneur, 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir Baigneur, 2021

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    253 x 189 cm
    99 5/8 x 74 3/8 in

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      sous le niveau de la mer, 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir sous le niveau de la mer, 2021

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    84 x 84 cm
    33 1/8 x 33 1/8 in

  • Alexandre Lenoir,                                      Hors-sol, 2021

    Alexandre Lenoir Hors-sol, 2021

    Acrylic on canvas
    108 x 108 cm
    42 1/2 x 42 1/2 in