Bouboulina with Works on Paper (1985 – 2017)
The exhibition is comprised of a central sculpture surrounded by a sequence of thirty-three works on paper in various media, dating from 1985 to 2017. As the artist notes, “I always think by starting with a drawing. The drawing allows me to not yet work in matter, and not in language. Not writing, nor making art. It is the closest to the interior voice… Every drawing is a study. Very few are the final state of an object.” Each work is either the sketch of an idea for an object or a graphic meditation in its own right. Moulène is a prolific draftsman who can, at will, explore a riddle of geometry one day, reproduce a figure from the Kabbalah another, represent a dream sequence, make a light watercolor of a bee encountering a leaf in flight, or render an observation of rocks that metamorphosize into something that looks like an organ. This body of work offers an engaging insight into Moulène’s artistic process, one idea, one object at a time.
Bouboulina, the main object in the show, is a magnified, skin toned reproduction of a stone that fits nicely in the hand, which that artist found on a beach in Brittany. “Mannequins, such as Bouboulina and Jeanne (2016),” Moulène says, “[are] almost unaltered anthropomorphic figures. It is important to consider the question of the bone, because it is what’s left of us when we die; it constitutes our ‘core’. It is also an internal object, seen as whole when separated from the body. The lateral turning pieces in Bouboulina could form a set that would lead to issues of intersection and would end in a reconstruction of surfaces.”
Organized in collaboration with Galerie Pietro Spartà, Chagny, France.