The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard is pleased to present the exhibition of Sophie Bueno-Boutellier.
Curated by Dorothée Dupuis.
Sophie Bueno-Boutellier (born in Toulouse in 1974), who graduated from the Villa Arson in the early 2000s, has developed an installation practice inspired by minimalism that also incorporates materials and objects that each act as embodied ready-mades, imbuing the work with a contemplative depth that aspires to existential questioning. She also works in the medium of paint, creating canvases on hessian, working for the most part straight on the ground with a physically performative process that is both repetitive and intuitive, guided by the material's own structure. The works, presented as standalone pieces or as part of a sculptural environment, are simultaneously surface and shape.
La Ritournelle du Peuple des Cuisines is her first major solo exhibition in France since she moved to Berlin in 2004. It presents a corpus of hitherto undisplayed works which, while sharing some formal similarities with her earlier body of work, also usher in a radical conceptual turn in her artistic practice. The painstakingly assembled materials, found objects included for their dreamlike potential, and the elegantly rugged paintings that have come to define her installations in recent years are joined by symbolic and biographical elements gleaned from her contemporary experiences as a woman, mother, and citizen. Her appropriation of the site's architecture, the use of craft and drawing, and the introduction of a broader strand of thought on the economic processes behind the exhibition foreground the notion of activism – both personal and political – as an ingredient that has become a vital aspect in this new turn in her creative activity.
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