6 September 2019 – 26 October 2019 06.09.2019 – 26.10.2019
Rue Isidore Verheyden 2
Baronian Xippas is pleased to announce Swiss artist Stéphane Dafflon’s (b.1972, Neyruz, CH) solo exhibition at the gallery. The presentation brings together fifteen new paintings, each of which is 70 cm high. The works on display have attractive colours and diverse geometric forms. ‘Shaped canvases’ and square paintings hang side by side in a dynamic and well-balanced installation.
Stéphane Dafflon’s paintings are simple in appearance yet their surface is smooth and perfectly rendered. The works, which comprise geometric and abstract forms with clear outlines, initially challenge us with their sobriety. Only when we look closer do we see that the sharpness of the shapes becomes blurred and that some of the corners are rounded. Stéphane Dafflon subtly distorts the lines and shifts the alignment.
Dafflon’s paintings are first created on a screen, and subsequently transcribed from the computer to the canvas or the wall. They only fully come to life in the environment in which they are displayed. Indeed, the architecture into which the works are integrated is systematically taken into account by the artist. His works interact with the exhibition space and influence the viewer’s perception of it, both physically and visually. The paintings seem to emerge from their predefined frames and to activate the space. Stéphane Dafflon’s work creates a palpable, tangible and almost audible experience. The artist wants to evoke a variety of physical sensations, akin to music from which he draws his inspiration. His influences are varied: from concrete art to minimalism in the shapes and colours he uses, graphic design and monochrome painting. Dafflon’s artistic approach is in line with the historical movements of modernity, whose formalism he reinterprets in a deliberately uninhibited way.
Opening: Thursday 05 September 2019, 5 – 9pm during the Brussels Gallery Weekend (BGW)
Extended opening hours for the BGW: Sunday 08 September 2019, 11 – 7pm.
Stéphane Dafflon was born in 1972 in Neyruz (CH). He lives and works in Geneva (CH).
After graduating from the Cantonal School of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) in 1999, he started teaching at this same school from 2001. Among his personal exhibitions: U+25A6 at Plateau FRAC île de France in Paris (2018), Blue in green, at Le Le Printemps De Septembre Festival in Toulouse (2018), TURNOVER at Galerie Xippas Geneva (2016), at Fri-Art, Fribourg Art Center (2011), Turnaround at Mamco in Geneva (2009), Statik Dancin’ at Frac Aquitaine in France (2007), Aller- Retour at Swiss Cultural Center in Paris (2006). He participated in group exhibitions Building a Collection at the MBA in Rennes (2018) and Collectors at the Kunstmuseum Lucerne (2016). Let’s also mention his presence at Art Geneva in 2018, with the Cantonal Fund for Contemporary Art.
His works are present in numerous public and private collections: Artothèque de Villeurbanne (FR), National Fund of Contemporary Art – FNAC in Puteaux (FR), FRAC Poitou-Charentes in Angoulême (FR), FRAC Aquitaine in Bordeaux (FR), Frac Ile-de-France in Paris (FR), Fonds Contemporary Art of the City of Geneva FMAC (CH), Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts of Lausanne (CH) and the Kunsthaus Aarau Collection (CH), Daimler art collection in Berlin (DE) and Daimler art collection in Stuttgart (DE).
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