Agathe de Bailliencourt: Eintritt
April 20- May 18, 2013
General Hardware Contemporary
The human experience of urban spaces is defined by colour and form. Agathe de Bailliencourt redefines the spaces that we occupy and contemplate. Eintritt, marks the Paris born, Berlin resident artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada, on display at General Hardware Contemporary. This exhibition coincides with a second solo exhibition of the artist’s work at the Berimon Contemporary in New York, opening on May 2nd.
This selection of paintings is a blend of fragmenting yet harmonious architectural spaces, framed and infiltrated by vibrant colour and repetitive text. The artist has hand written or painted in the text – placed both systematically and sporadically within the compositions. Each painting in the exhibition is entitled Je m’en fous (“I don’t care”). This title offers these energetic canvases an air of ease to their chaotic content, and a possible sense of ambivalence to the external world. In De Bailliencourt’s urban landscapes colour and structure overlap each other.
De Bailliencourt transposes the three-dimensional world into the two-dimensional surface of the canvas, creating imaginary architectural spaces. The breadth of de Bailliencourt’s work occupies all forms of public space. The artist has worked internationally, creating large-scale installations in public spaces in addition to exhibiting her work in galleries.
The artist has recreated the architectural world within the structure of the canvas, seemingly expanding into new spaces and dimensions, both familiar and unfamiliar to the urban spectator. This exhibition is an visually uplifting experience. The paintings appeal to the senses as the viewer navigates through uncharted realms of abstracted colour and form, creating a union of flux and harmony in an ever-changing world.
Text and photo: Alice Tallman