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These things I do to be desirable, October 2010 Video Variable Dimensions © Christophe Chemin
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Mirror, 2010 Ink on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Smiling Mummy, 2010 Ink on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur, 2010 Ink and Gold 24K on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Love or Prison - Installation View, October 2010 Ink on Paper © Christophe Chemin
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Solaris II, 2010 Ink on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Wodabee, 2010 Ink on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Love or Prison - Installation View, October 2010 Ink on Paper © Christophe Chemin
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Smiling Mummy, 2010 Ink and Gold 24K on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Casta Diva, 2010 Ink on Paper 120 X 150 Cm / 47 X 60 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Love or Prison - Installation View, October 2010 Ink on Paper © Christophe Chemin
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The desperate kingdome of love, 2010 Ink on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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The most beautifull people on earth, 2010 Ink on Paper 120 X 150 Cm / 47 X 60 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Love or Prison - Installation View, October 2010 Ink on Paper © Christophe Chemin
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Love or Prison - Installation View, October 2010 Ink on Paper © Christophe Chemin
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Solaris I, 2010 Ink and Gold 24K on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Love or Prison , 2010 Ink on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
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Eternal Love, 2010 Gold 24K on Paper 57 X 76,5 Cm / 22 X 30 Inches © Christophe Chemin
Love or Prison

13 rue des arquebusiers
75003 paris
France
October 30th, 2010 - December 26th, 2011
Opening: October 30th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.jeanrochdard.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
3rd Arrondissement
EMAIL:  
info@jeanrochdard.com
PHONE:  
0033 (0)1 42712735
OPEN HOURS:  
TUESDAY - SATURDAY 11AM-07PM
TAGS:  
installation, video-art, abstract, modern

DESCRIPTION

 

Christophe Chemin, Love or Prison

 

October 30 - December 18, 2010

Opening saturday 30th of October, 2010, starting 6PM

For his second solo show at galerie jeanroch dard, Christophe Chemin touches on the subjects of desire, seduction and smile.
More than a break, it is truly an evolution. Christophe Chemin moves little by little from figurative narration to emotion and feeling. The prologue of this series is the "Wodaabe" tribe of African nomads and their nuptial rites, where men put on the most extravagant make-up and the criteria for beauty are the white of the eyes and of the teeth. From this point on, they become, according to their beliefs, "the most beautiful creatures in the world."

Christophe Chemin wonders: what exactly is behind a smile ? What is hidden by the beauty of a row of perfect teeth ? What is the real seductive power of the smile ? From Marylin Monroe to the teenager's braces, through the blackened teeth of asian women,
he pushes his reflexion on desire and seduction to the immaculate whiteness of the Taj Mahal.

This resulted in something quite unexpected for Christophe Chemin. He was wishing to work on beauty and to be less dark than usual…
Ultimate paradox, picturally-speaking these may well be the darkest drawings he's ever made. A very relative blackness, since behind it an enigmatic softness unfolds and offers itself. Behind these smiles, there is a tragic and desperate urgency, a muted cry, a pressing need to be loved.
Behind these choppers hides the fear of rejection, and behind these starry skies and landscapes, hope.

It is his singular way of talking about desire. Maybe a way of confiding to us, the spectators, that he, too, is in love.

 

Galerie jeanroch dard
13 rue des arquebusiers
75003 paris france

opening hours
tuesday - saturday 12h-19h

telephone
+33 1 42 71 27 35

email
info@jeanrochdard.com