Edmond Gallery presents an exhibition of works on paper by Mélanie DELATTRE-VOGT, SONG Kun, Alex TENNIGKEIT, Emeli THEANDER.
Despite the disparity of their origins and their cultural horizons, Edmond Gallery is jointly exhibiting them because they are part of a family of artists that – rather than drawing on the world around them – are directly plugged into an internal world of their own fantasies, the echoes of their bodies, their inner turmoil and what binds them to their personal prehistory.
And because they each within their singular imaginary universes illustrate a common conception of drawing.
This is not drawing as a preparatory tool for painting or to transcribe a preconceived idea, but the ideal medium of free invention, of discovery. A technique that can handle the urgency of the impulse and can inscribe onto paper what occurs accidentally or by surprise.
From this comes the hallucinatory potential of their artworks drawn using their inner eye, that interior vision that probes the invisible.
And one should confront their drawings in all their strangeness as in a dream, in order to grasp their mysterious transposition logic.
Bodybuilding doppelgänger. Cyborg self-portrait, Allegorical combinations of female and animal motifs. Strange botanical plates with delicate foliages which E. Kant gave as examples of « free beauty ».*
The subject or the meaning of the drawings are less important than the hand’s gesture, the movement, the flow. Lines in pursuit of the same figure, always there yet always escaping. Lines that exist beneath words, lines of the Unthought Known.
* « Pulchritudo vaga » or « freie Schönheit » ( Emmanuel Kant, Critique of the Power of Judgment, 1790 )