Eleven Rivington is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recentwork by French artist Anne-Lise Coste, on view from June 20 – throughAugust 9, 2013 at our 195 Chrystie Street location. The artist hasshown extensively in Europe for almost 15 years and this is her firstwith Eleven Rivington.
The exhibition will feature new paintings executed primarily inspray-painted acrylic. In the main gallery, an immersive series of 12black and white canvases based on details of Picasso’s Guernica breaksdown the highly complex and visually dense painting into singular appropriated and abstracted scenes. In the smaller second space of the gallery is a display of a new series of text-based works and abstract paintings. All share a unique balance of severity and airiness, inaddition to sharp wit. Impulsiveness is characteristic for herwork—often painting over previous attempts with gesso until satisfied.Treating letters as units of words allow her to bypass the strictrules of language and convention. With her decisive use of a spray gunto articulate with pigment, she fuses the vitality of expressionism(direct and intuitive mark-making) with the aloofness of Pop(mechanized paint application). Coste frequently raises existentialquestions - the social and political content of Picasso's regardedmasterpiece is undeniable - articulating them by cropping details,re-articulating or subverting specifics, or executing gestures ortexts in the form of direct statements / re-statements that exposeevery single pore. The tangled whole of her practice is a many-voicedinner monologue, a maze whose paths seem to know only two ways out:either an implosion of meaning via repetition, or an explosion throughpure overload.
Anne-Lise Coste was born 1973 in Marseille, France and currently livesand works in New York. She studied in Marseille at the Ecole desBeaux-Arts, and in Zurich at the HochschulefuerGestaltung und Kunst.Recent and upcoming shows include Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn,Germany; FundacioCaixa Madrid, Spain; EsslingerKunstverein,Esslingen, Germany; Museo de BellasArtes de Santander, Santander,Spain. This exhibition is presented in association with NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona.