We are pleased to announce that Rectangle has been welcomed as a new member of the NADA!
The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. more info.
List of new members:
1969 Gallery – New York Nir Altman – Munich CARVALHO PARK – New York Fragment Gallery – Moscow Ginsberg – Lima Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects – New York High Gallery – Warsaw The Hole – New York Hunter Shaw Fine Art – Los Angeles in lieu – Los Angeles Kapp Kapp – Philadelphia / New York LETO – Warsaw Mixer – Istanbul Mother Gallery – Beacon, NY NIAD Art Center – Richmond, CA Project Pangée – Montreal PROXYCO – New York Rectangle – Brussels, Belgium Stoneleaf Retreat – Kingston, NY Ulterior Gallery – New York Y2K group – New York
We are all literalists most or all of our lives. Presentness is grace. Michael Fried, Art and Objecthood (1967)
Objectives is a title born from a pleasurable confusion of tongues that is so typical of Europe’s capital, but also doubles as an excuse for two artists (Julien Saudubray and Nicolas Bourthoumieux) to engage in an exhibitionary pas de deux. So perhaps – if we stay on track – there is no two but only one, or not one without the other, as in a dialogue or a dance. In fact, I believe their conversation has been going on for much longer and you just opened it up, dear visitor. So, do you see any common ground, except for the gallery floor you find yourself standing on? Well, let’s at least give it a shot.
Julien Saudubray approaches painting as a verb without a subject, a ceaseless activity, a mechanical process. His works are created through a delicate method of constant effacement – a writerly kind of painting sous rature or under erasure. Consistently combining layers of paint with turpentine, Saudubray constructs his images in an assiduous and laborious way. And since all good things take time, the resulting images are absolutely radiant. You will notice both large-scale oil paintings and smaller pastel drawings on view here, a va-et-vient between different mediums.
And then there’s Nicolas Bourthoumieux, whose minimal sculptures thoughtfully probe and occupy the space. His works seem to revisit the “other” of modernist painting, namely objecthood. What exactly are you looking at? Literal objects or a combination thereof, a gracious presence similar to what you see on the surrounding walls. And don’t be mistaken; Bourthoumieux’s materials (steel, wood, marble, glass, mirror, a meteorite,…) are not frozen in time but rather breathing at their own pace, as poetic fragments of history.
What you see here is what happens when the haphazard flow of things suddenly starts making sense. This is what we need artists for, to let us find pleasure in confusion and let us delight in getting lost. In other words, to let chance succeed. Or, with Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Let us find pleasure in confusion and let us delight in getting lost
Julien Saudubray Born in 1985, France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Nicolas Bourthoumieux Born in 1985, France. Lives and works in Brussels.
All the private partners who have supported us for many events out- side and within their walls: Greylight Projects, Sagacity, Alain Servais. And many others: Wiels, Le Salon, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Gregory Lang, Angel Vergara & Joël Benzakin, Maud Salembier, Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Waldburger Wouters, and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen. Just as much and differently for their continuous support Colette Dubois, Saskia Gevaert, Septembre Tiberghien, Antony Hudek, Nicolas Jolly, Tim Wouters, Amélie Micoud, Stella Loning, Marta Saccani, Dragos & Erika Olea.
All Belgian and French public partners: Adera, Sint-Gillis Cultuur, The Walk, FWB for their support and trust.
And finally, thank you to all our fellow friends and family.