PARIS — FRANCE
Founded in 2007 in Paris (20°) before moving to the Marais in 2011, Semiose Gallery has been immediatly reco- gnised in the artistic scenery as the «frenchiest» Gallery. Whether outstanding (Françoise Pétrovitch, Ernest T.) or young artists (Amélie Bertrand, Laurent Le Deunff, documentation céline duval, Hippolyte Hentgen, Julien Tiberi) can be showed along with historical (Présence Panchounette et André Raffray) and international gures (Piero Gilardi, Steve Gianakos). The artists of the gallery have created strong links with Institutions and public collections as they are regularly exposed and collected. In almost ten years Semiose Gallery have always promoted a taste based aesthetics, leading thus on the question of cultural hierarchy.
For the 2016 edition of the PARÉIDOLIE International Drawing Fair, Semiose Gallery is pleased to present a selection of recent works by Hippolite Hentgen.
Since 2008, Gaëlle Hippolyte and Lina Hentgen have been working together as the duo “Hippolyte Hen- tgen” : a third person formed of the two surnames. This name has never been anything other than a piece of ction; this is not an author speaking but rather his ctional double. Their research is principally centred on drawing and images but has also branched out to include a variety of other media : writing, theatre, dance, comic strips, music…
This four handed exercise endeavours to depict a kind of blind spot within contemporary culture, somewhere between the intimate and the speci c. It allies uncons- cious visions with productivity requirements as well as with the distortion of their happily assumed bor- rowings with their own innate documentary aspect, forming what are nally just traces of reality. These sets of drawings (The Documents series and the Résistantes series) form a sort of methodological inventory. The oeuvres bring into play sampling and archetypes from the eld of drawing in terms of its re- production. The variety of media, the use of the wear and tear of the images, the different technical proce- dures, the means of integration, can all conceivably form the subject of the work or equally just appear as simple vignettes or perhaps even patterns.
These oeuvres have been exhibited as part of the Hors Pistes festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and at de Sainte-Croix in Sables d’Olonne last Autumn.
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