SEQUOIA SCAVULLO + ANNUAL EDITION 22/23

Angélique Aubrit & Ludovic Beillard
Anne Bourse
Charlie Boisson
Irina Lotarevich
Lea von Wintzingerode
Mar García Albert
Marieta Chirulescu
Maria Schumacher
Sequoia Scavullo
Timothée Calame
Tolia Astakhishvili
Toni Schmale
Vera Palme
Yeşim Akdeniz

12.11.2022 – 15.01.2023
OPENING 11.11.2022, 19:00

SSQUOIA SCAVULLO
THE TASTE OF YOUR FIREPLACE
The Kunstverein Bielefeld is pleased to present the first institutional solo exhibition of Sequoia Scavullo in Europe. The artist creates in varying formats figurative paintings, that are on the edge of abstraction. Elements of fantastic creatures, body parts or flying insects blur in a superimposition of layers representing textures such as water, hair or transparent fabric.

Central to her work is a reflection on non-verbal communication. The creation of an imaginary alphabet, which one encounters often in her painting, makes this literally the theme. The hieroglyphic-like letters convey real messages. In this way, the artist creates a new state of language while reminding us that painting, as an artistic language, has the ability to convey emotions that are sometimes more complex than words could express. Likewise, she uses color to convey emotional states and references the synesthetic realms of experience in art, especially painting.

Scavullo's compositions repeatedly refer to dreams and her personal history. Coming from a Taino family, she has been inspired by their technique of dream analysis - dream and waking states are not distinguished among the Tainos - and their holistic approach to the world. This approach considers the constitution of the human being as a whole, not detaching the mind from the body as is often the case in Western medicine, in order to heal it. It is therefore no coincidence that water is a recurring theme in her work. This material represents as such the flow between reality and dream, between life and death, between past and present and also between the non-human and human worlds.

Sequoia Scavullo (b. 1995 in Baltimore, lives and works in Paris) graduated this year from the Beaux Arts of Paris. She had a solo exhibition at Pigment Sauvage Gallery in Baltimore (2019). Her work has been included in group shows at Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris; Exo Exo, Paris (both 2022); Galerie Joseph, Paris (2021); Haimney Gallery, Barcelona (2020); Dorchester Art Gallery, Boston (2019) among others.

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ANNUAL EDITION 22/23
The principle of the Jahresgabe belongs to the tradition of the Kunstvereine in Germany: By purchasing such a work, you not only acquire a wonderful work of art by young, emerging artists, but you also support them and the Kunstverein at the same time. This year's Jahresgaben are mainly unique pieces, including works by the artists Irina Lotarevich, Timothée Calame, Toni Schmale and Yeşim Akdeniz, who recently exhibited at the Kunstverein Bielefeld. In addition, we have invited other artistic positions that are linked to the program of Kunstverein Bielefeld, the interim director Oriane Durand and the new curatorial assistant Undine Rietz and are pleased to present the Jahresgaben by Mar García Albert, Charlie Boisson, Sequoia Scavullo, Tolia Astakhishvili, Angélique Aubrit & Ludovic Beillard, Anne Bourse, Vera Palme, Marieta Chirulescu, Lea von Wintzingerode and Maria Schumacher.

Together they form a heterogeneous group that is nevertheless united in the tension between sculpture and painting. Between painting and sculpture, readability as such is explored. The haptics and texture of a painting form a sculptural character in relief, while conversely the presentation of a sculpture on the wall can help to a painterly reception; and then there are those that exist autonomously in space and refuse to be clearly defined. In this year's selection of artists, the works trace a gentle progression from the second to the third dimension. Collectively, they question the boundaries between media or simply show how the qualities of each media can become interchangeable.

Curated by Oriane Durand

Events:

  • 11.11.2022, 19:00

    OPENING

    SÉQUOIA SCAVULLO + Annual Editions 22/23

  • 12.11.2022, 12:00

    ARTIST TALK

  • 13.11.2022, 17:00

    CURATOR’S TOURS

  • 17.11.2022, 19:00

    DIALOQUES: Perspectives on the Jahresgaben 22/23

    Brief tour by one of our board members along with interim director Oriane Durand. Followed by a casual get-together.

  • 24.11.2022, 19:00

    DIALOQUES: Perspectives on the Jahresgaben 22/23

    Brief tour by one of our board members along with interim director Oriane Durand. Followed by a casual get-together.

  • 01.12.2022, 19:00

    DIALOQUES: Perspectives on the Jahresgaben 22/23

    Brief tour by one of our board members along with interim director Oriane Durand. Followed by a casual get-together.

  • 08.12.2022, 19:00

    DIALOQUES: Perspectives on the Jahresgaben 22/23

    Brief tour by one of our board members along with interim director Oriane Durand. Followed by a casual get-together.