Valentina Canseco - Médusée

Exhibition from June 25 to August 6, 2022

Opening on Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 pm in the presence of the artist

Summer is the future of us all 


Valentina Canseco has been collaborating with the Ars Longa Gallery for over a year. Today, she has chosen to present her solo exhibition “Medusa”,she has chosen to  present her solo exhibition “Medusa”. Through an intuitive and introspective approach introspective
approach, she seeks to convey her vision of a singular summer atmosphere.
The artist gives us here a sensory perception of the mist, the heat, the invisible, in conversation with a floating  and, stranded landscape, giving, in his words, “an  impression of the world that inhabits her at the time of the exhibition”. To do this, she abandons for a time the architecture of urban space for a time, returning to nature and the organic. Here she reveals emotions, sensations, and turns her gaze towards the living, this time offering us more intimate landscapes. 
The exhibition, lively, colourful and at the same time strong with an anxious intensity, deploys an analogy with  jellyfish, their mythology and their fate. Can we not see the vision that Man has of nature in this Man’s vision of nature in this same desire to tame, dominate and then annihilate the other, that seems to  threaten or frighten? Thus revisiting ecofeminist thought, the artist, through a play of reflections and contrasts, the artist invites the spectator to
dialogue and encourages us to reflect on our present and our future and our certainly warm,
misty and uncertain future.

Abstraction, the sensory, the organic and the microcosm appear in my new works as an introspection of the invisible.
The influence of the world we live in is reflected in the new in the new materials I choose and in the way I assemble them. It is the same for my way of painting, which is changing.
Abstraction is now seen as a  possible spectrum for revealing  possible spectrum for revealing the emotions and sensations that landscapes evoke in me, again and again.
Here, colour gradations, pointillism or fluorescence are all pictorial effects that us back to the warmth, the organic, the nature, honoured for this new series of paintings.
At a time when the world is invaded by plastic, I choose PMMA, PVC or resin. Provocation?
I prefer to think of it as an extravagance. As if it were a question of as if it were a question of ennobling materials, of perpetuating them, of extracting them from their future as waste.
Activism disguised? Diversion of value? Futile struggle? Identification with the material?
After all, aren’t these that are destroying us, that are  dragging our planet to its end, are they not also those that inhabit us in the form of in the form of synthetic particles when we simply eat fish?
The questions press upon me: why would we want, so paradoxically in this context, to celebrate the sea and the whole summer imagination? Perhaps to proclaim, almost like a that summer is the future for all of us. That painting the light, erecting the heat and the water as the totems of our future life?
A light-hearted subject that finally slips towards the reflection of a new world. Hence, at the centre of it all, the black, which always comes back to darken the landscape and establishes it in a telluric reality. Like a patch of oil, a large puddle of solid water where a changing world is reflected: we too melt under this heat.
Is our destiny the same as that of stranded jellyfish? Can we, should we, embrace it? Paint it, sculpt it make it visible?
A school of animals takes its place. Jellyfish in coloured resin inhabit the ground and
announce the arrival of summer.
Among them are silhouettes of female swimming costumes, which float and decompose on a support that is itself twisting. A scene reminiscent of a carefree, joyful bathing, but which can become disturbing with these beings so discreet and threatening, with an abrasive sting.
However, jellyfish, in Greek, means protector. The jellyfish is even said to be a prehistoric animal that has survived all climatic catastrophes, and is still ready to embrace our uncertain future. It also evokes the image of the Gorgons, because of the resemblance between the mythological beings and the tentacles of the animal. Now, the Gorgons are those  ferocious women that you fear, that petrify you with a single glance. Medusa, for her part, in the myth of Hesiod, is double: bearing the child of the god of the sea, she will know a tragic destiny and will end ends up with her head cut off. The jellyfish thus raise the question of our future and our reaction to what challenges and terrifies us (will we continue to stand still?), and that of the place of women within the living world: is their power a threat or, on the contrary, the promise of a new, powerful, sublime radiation?


Valentina Canseco

Mai Tabakian

Nouvelle artiste au sein de la Galerie Ars Longa, Mai Tabakian se voit consacrer une grande rétrospective au sein du Musée La Manufacture à Roubaix (Musée de la Mémoire et création textile) du 9 avril au 20 juin 2022. Curatrice Marie Deparis-Yafil.

Mai Tabakian est une sculptrice franco-vietnamienne qui vit et travaille à Paris et Montrouge.

Dans l’œuvre de Mai Tabakian, les formes géométriques, les compositions chromatiques franches ou acidulées, le souci des volumes et des surfaces semblent résulter d’un brassage de références historiques, de l’abstraction géométrique à l’op art, de l’orphisme à l’art concret, de Stilj à l’abstraction américaine en passant par, peut-être, les jeux de couleurs et de formes du new pop superflat ou les rondeurs colorées de Kusama…