Black Island is simultaneously a fable, and an invitation to undertake a journey. Paul de Flers transports us into a uchronia: a real space becomes a dream or fantasy setting, outside of time.
The island of Pico forms one of the edges of the triangle of the Azores archipelago. A volcano dominates the entire island with its solemn stature. Made of endless lava, the ground consists only of burnt stones, covering the western side of the island with a black crust and volcanic vegetation. Its shores have fashioned a multitude of myths and legends in the artist’s work.
Paul de Flers’ paintings convey a lost paradise, with a stormy, intoxicating atmosphere. By means of merging colors and blurry edges, the scenes propose the viewer as witnessing an intimate moment, through a window misted with memory.
— Milena Oldfield, Researcher & Editorial Coordinator at Almine Rech
Also on show:
Mehdi Ghadyanloo: The Untold Stories
An exhibition of new paintings.
On the face of it, Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s current series of paintings is made up of a set of simple components: light and colour. The traditional components of painting. Plus boxes. Painted ones. Open to the front. Acting as a kind of frame. Traditional too you might say. And then, of course, there’s the deployment of all of these – light, colour, boxes – to create the illusion of an enclosed, three- dimensional space.
— Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview and author
|01 March 2023 - 06 April 2023
|Tuesday — Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00
|Almine Rech Gallery
|Grosvenor Hill, Broadbent House, London, W1K 3JH
|4402072873644 / email@example.com / www.alminerech.com