THE FLOOR IS LAVA
Opening reception: Thursday, 13 September from 5 to 8pm
Exhibition: September 8 – October 6, 2018
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THE FLOOR IS LAVA
Exhibition : 8 September – 6 October, 2018
Opening : Thursday September 13th, 2018
The gallery is pleased to announce Antoine Carbonne’s third solo exhibition.
The young French painter depicts a suspended visual narrative via a large-scale, panoramic painting entitled Paradis des joueurs (Players’ Paradise),evoking the spirit of Mexican mural fresco painting via a weightless, floating world. In contrast to the expansive landscape, small characters appear lost in colorful spaces, caught in a sort of giant, vaporous cloud.
For the past few years, Antoine Carbonne’s work is distinguished by sources of inspiration drawn from the painter’s daily life; memories gathered during his travels, but also from his own dreamlike visions. Using his imagination, the artist paints onto canvas his own vision of the world; his anxieties as well as his interrogations in a subtle and poetic way.
In Paradis des joueurs (Players’ Paradise), Antoine Carbonne questions the transient nature of athletic career paths in comparison to those of artists. A frantic and perhaps ultimately futile race toward an illusory glory, the title evokes a sweet irony.
However, beyond a dreamlike paradise or elsewhere presented as a source of repentance — as seen in the painting entitled l’Arbre de la connaissance (The Tree of Knowledge) — the works on display represent as much fear of the unknown as weightless comfort.
By abandoning the visual world and steering toward a dreamlike limbo, the figures leave the ground. The landscape becomes a series of faces, as seen in Europa, giving rise to an oscillation between real life and a sweet hallucination.
Antoine Carbonne was born in 1987. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
Born in Paris, France.
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
2018 The Floor Is Lava, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, France
Judas, Galerie Attic, Brussels, Belgium
2016 Inner Landscapes, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, France
2014 Sunbathed, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, France
Peinture, Galerie d’art de Créteil, France
2012 Oppositions, Galerie Premier Regard, Paris, France
2011 Cygne/Signe, ENSBA, France
2018 Generation Brussels, with Antoinette d’Ansembourg, Antoine Carbonne, Laurie Charles, Marlies De Clerck, Alexis Gautier, Céline Cuvelier, Benjamin Installé, Antone Israel, Elina Salminen, Hadrien du Roy, Kato Six and Daniel Wagener, Brussels, Belgium
2017 Drawing Now, Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, France
Window Shopping, Le Coeur Paris, curated by Mathieu Buard with Laureline Galliot, Antoine Carbonne, Octave Rimbert Rivière, Erwan Sene, Raphaël Barontini, Romain Vicari, Mimosa Échard et Marielle Chabal, Paris, France
2016 Curiosités, Marie Madec, Paris, France
Bienvenue, Artmate, Paris, France
Le confort moderne, Clovis XV, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Inner, Clovis XV, Brussels, Belgium
Bienvenue/ Welcome, Artmate, Paris, France
Ad/hoc, La Station, Nice, France
2014 Maya de Mondragon, Antoine Carbonne et Quentin Lefranc, De La Charge, Brussels, Belgium
Après la pluie, Antoine Carbonne/ Guillaume Krattinger, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris, France
2013 Rocs & rôles, exhibittion at the Manoir du Plessix Madeuc, Abbaye de Léhon, Léhon, France
Round the Rugged Rocks, Espace Plateforme, 73 rues des Haies Paris, France
2012 La suite, Galerie L’Antichambre, Chambéry, France
Novembre à Vitry, Vitry, France
Salon de la Jeune Création, le 104, Paris, France
Colas fait les Beaux Arts, Colas Foundation at ENSBA, Paris, France
Exposition On Villa, with Saphir Shraga at La Boulognaise, France
Group show at Elise de Maeschaalk in Bruxelles, Belgium
Novembre à Vitry, Vitry sur Seine, France
2010 Duo with Saphir Shraga, ENSBA, Paris, France
Xchange Xhibition, Time Square Gallery, Hunter College, 450 West 41st street New York City, USA
2007 Novembre à Vitry, Vitry sur Seine, France
2013 Rainbow Road, fresque murale du stade de la Margotière à Châteauroux, France
2016 Carré Hermès, Au bout du monde
2014 Summer windows of Hermès flagship store 24 rue du faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris, France
PRIZES AND GRANT
2016 2nd Prize, Antoine Marin Award, Arcueil, France
2012 Fondation Colas Award, France
2009 Colin Lefranq Grant
2011 Diplôme DNSEP, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA), Philippe Cognée and François-René Martin workshop
2009 DNAP, Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques, ENSBA, Philippe Cognée workshop, Paris, France
Fondation Colas, Crédit Agricole, private Belgian and French collections