On Thursday, September 22, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch will present, for the first time in Italy, the work of three young artists who are related to Switzerland either by birth or by their cultural background: Claudia Comte, Athene Galiciadis and Melodie Mousset.
The three artists, who have known themselves personally since their study years at the École Cantonale d’Art of Lausanne, and are now based in different cities of the world, have long shared an interest in creating a work that reflects the common aspects of their research, which focuses on forms and colors.
This exhibition, entitled Trouble Rainbow, gives them the opportunity to develop a collective project, especially designed for the gallery spaces. The whole installation is intended as a workshop, in which to compare the working methods and visual procedures arising from the encounter and debate between distinct research personalities. The intervention aims at focusing on harmony and sharing, even as it respects all the different visual languages.
Claudia Comte seems to have structured her work according to a binary method: while in painting she is almost obsessed by geometric forms and by the weavings and textures she produces serially, in her sculptures she indulges in the pleasure of supple, soft silhouettes, as if they were already inside the wooden block, which she loves to carve ‘live’, delving into the woods.
The procedure of Athene Galiciadis, both in sculpture and in painting, consists in trying to remove the rational element inherent in the creative process, and surrender to gestures and memories. In evoking her favorite iconographic elements (such as triangles, mosaics, fences), she lets herself be guided by the sensations she receives from colors and forms, trying to recompose them according to her personal harmonic relation. Crafted free hand, the geometric webs always take on a soft, wavy appearance.
Melodie Mousset divides her research between performance and installation, trying to offer playful, ironic reflections on the notion of identity and self-perception.
The artists designed the gallery space as if a fictional character from their imagination had built it. A habitat, then, into which spectators are invited to enter and interact with the work, letting themselves be captivated by the colors of the mural painting and the forms of the sculptures. Thus reconstructed, the space could almost look like a mysterious cavern, inhabited by a modern hermit with a naturalist’s sensibility, who collects works made of materials such as wood, stone, and paper.
On the opening day, Melodie Mousset will present a gallery performance with artist and choreographer Zachary Sharrin, which she developed parallel to the installation project. On Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m., at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, a new performance by Mousset and Sharrin will take place. On the same occasion, a conversation will be held with the artists and Valentina Sansone, curator at ISR, ending with the presentation of the catalogue Trouble Rainbow (published by Nero, Rome).
The exhibition is sponsored by Rome’s Arts Cuncil and by Centro Storico di Roma Capitale.
Claudia Comte (1983, lives and works between Berlin and Lausanne)
After completing her studies in Lausanne, she was artist-in-residence at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. Some of her main personal exhibitions include: Scantione-Tensione for The Swiss Cube 3, Istituto Svizzero di Roma in 2011 and Naturalisés, Musée Arlaud, Lausanne, as well as Rond-point, Galerie Darse, Geneva in 2009.
Athene Galiciadis (1978, lives and works between Lausanne and Zürich)
An artist of Greek and Hungarian origin, was educated between Lausanne and Zürich. Some of her main personal exhibitions include: La Crotte du Diable, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, in 2010, Insomniac In Form, Groeflin Maag Galerie, Zürich in 2009, and Sturm Sturm Sturm, Basta Espace d‘Art Contemporain, Lausanne, in 2008. In 2011 she won the prestigious Prix Mobilière Young Art, one of the prizes of the Swiss Art Awards.
Melodie Mousset (1981, lives and works in Los Angeles)
An artist of French origin, she was educated between Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of her recent exhibitions include: Melodie Mousset MFA thesis, Lime Galerie, show, Los Angeles in 2011, Impulsive Control, Claudia Groeflin Galerie, Zürich, nel 2010 and Party-animal, Galerie Marion Meyer, Paris, in 2009.