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Georgia Russell / Hervé Van der Straeten

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february 8 - april 11, 2020
Galerie Karsten Greve St. Moritz is very pleased to dedicate the first solo exhibition to the Scottish artist Georgia Russell. Her work has always been constructed around notions of rhythm and repetition – in both gesture and form – through which the artist, plunging herself into the minutiae of cutout, brings out the potential energy of the material. In her new work, the time is that of nature but also that of painting. Having investigated the possibilities offered by the old photographs and books, Georgia Russell is now engaged in a reflection on colour and abstraction. This turning point is marked by a return to traditional materials, such as the canvas and the paintbrush, although her artistic process, which never abandons the idea of creative destruction, remains anchored in her cutout technique. The artist’s canvases are the result of a painting challenge that starts with the choice of colours and culminates in the creation of landscapes, being based solely on intuitive memories. The stroke of the paintbrush, its direction and the rhythm of the pictorial gesture are disrupted by the direction of the scalpel cut, as well as by the contrast between empty cutout shapes and the parts of the canvas left untouched.            
  “Cutting out is a sort of freedom of expression. For me it’s drawing, but I draw with a scalpel.
Georgia Russell was born in 1974 in Elgin, Scotland. In 2000 she graduated from the Royal College of Art London with a MA in printmaking. Numerous solo and group shows at internationally renowned institutions are evidence of the recognition the artist receives, among them Slash. Paper under the Knife at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, or The Book Borrowers. Contemporary Artists transforming the Book at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington D.C.. Her work is also to be found in important private as well as public collections, among them in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Georgia Russell lives and works in Méru, France.

february 8 - april 11, 2020
Karsten Greve Gallery St. Moritz will dedicate an exhibition to French designer Hervé Van der Straeten. The solo show will include lighting, furniture and object, to offer an extensive overview of the work of Hervé Van der Straeten, underlining the designer’s ceaseless and ever precise exploration of volumes, both interlocking and gravity-defying, while contrasting materials and combining textures. The exhibition unites new works by Hervé van der Straeten that were first presented to the public in Paris in January 2020 and will now be shown in a second venue on at the gallery in St. Moritz
Hervé Van der Straeten was born in 1965 and is an independent artist-designer. Having first become known for his jewellery creations, Van der Straeten has since gained worldwide recognition for his collections of furniture and lighting, which have now become his main activity. Van der Straeten’s furniture and lighting are instantly recognizable from the way that contrasting materials, bold variations of form, defiant volumes and pure, elegant lines are combined with perfect proportions. The great precision and meticulous attention to detail with which the pieces are made are also clearly tangible. As well as having his own gallery in Paris, which displays a selection of both his unique and limited edition pieces, Van der Straeten designs and makes everything in his own dedicated bronze and cabinetmaking workshops. The artist-designer is also known for his projects with a number of French luxury houses, specialised in glass and porcelain, as well as for his work with the cosmetics and fragrance industry.  Van der Straeten has received numerous awards from the French state during his career, including most recently the L’Entreprise de Patrimoine Vivant and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.


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