Jonathan Binet. Cabriole

  • When:   March 23, 2024 - May 31, 2024
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Jonathan Binet. Cabriole
Jonathan Binet. Cabriole

Featuring pieces specially conceived for the Galleria Mazzoli exhibition, Jonathan Binet unveils a comprehensive display of his work since his last solo show at the gallery in 2017.

Titled "Cabriole", the project shows Binet's consolidated distinctive signature, a signature that thrives on, rather than resists, his formal nonchalance. The level of experimentation is evident across his extensive body of work, marked by a quite vast language constituted by re-assembled and unassembled canvases, torn, cut, metal frames, sprayed, revealed or removed (non)colors thanks to the intervention of the grinder, directly on the surface of the canvas.

"Cabriole", holds two distinct interpretations and touches upon two exemplary aspects in the artist's trajectory. The first meaning aligns with the domain of academic dance, signifying a movement traditionally executed by men. In this context, the dancer brings the calves of the legs together in the air with a scissor-like motion resembling the compositions exhibited in Modena, particularly in their formal organization and interrelationships. The interplay of sensual, rounded, delicate compositions with structural, weighty, masculine elements and tools echoes the inherent tension found in ballet, where desire and the desired object endlessly seek a mutual interpenetration.

The second interpretation, taking the term figuratively as a flip, signifies a clever strategy to navigate away from a complex situation. In this context, Binet has adeptly avoided the conventional and revered tradition of painting, resisting confrontation with the charged practice. For over a decade, he has engaged in shaping, structuring, and manipulating materials, endeavoring to create a surface that ultimately remains untouched by traditionally applied paint. He organizes compartments reminiscent of the millennia-old "cloisonné" technique, with his palette composed of the materials constituting the very structure of painting itself.

The intentional postponement of the process of painting has led the artist to continuously work and rework ostensibly finished pieces, sparking an ongoing metamorphosis. Each artwork retains its unique identity, yet collectively, they form a unified, intricately entwined, three-dimensional, and temporally nuanced large-scale drawing. Some artworks may evolve, creating different compositions; pieces returning from exhibitions might transform into distinct creations. This dynamic is reflected in the attribution of specific time periods, marked as span of years, to certain works.... read the rest of the article»

The exhibition features smaller scale works, referred to as "petite cabrioles", strategically positioned to compel spectators to contemplate them within confined space.
Cabriole, "which is somehow corresponding with my feelings with how to make a painting", is Jonathan Binet's invite to assist to his sculptural, time dimensional "virtuosismo", spanning both space and time.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Galleria Mazzoli in 300 numbered copies, with critical text by Chiara Ianeselli.

Jonathan Binet was born 1984 in St. Priest (Lione, France), he lives and works in Paris.
He studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at École des Beaux-Arts in Saint- Étienne.
Among the major solo exhibitions he has held are those at Balice Hertling, Paris, France (2016 and 2024), Spazio ORR, Brescia, Italy (2021), Berthold Pott, Cologne, Germany (2020), Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria (2017), Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (2017), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2015), Carl Kostyál, London, UK (2015), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2015), Centre d'Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2014), Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (2012), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012) and at Gaudel de Stampa, Paris , France, (2011).
In 2008 he was awarded the "Prix des Amis des Beaux-Arts, Prix Gérard Viquel". Among the latest group exhibitions "Quel jour sommes-nous" at Tokonoma in Kassel in 2022, and "Shelter in the folds of the infinite" at Sans Titre in Paris in 2021.

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Title: Jonathan Binet. Cabriole

Opening: March 23, 2024

Ending: May 31, 2024

Organization: Galleria Mazzoli

Curator: Chiara Ianeselli

Place: Modena, Galleria Mazzoli

Address: Via Nazario Sauro 62 - 41121 Modena

Opening on Saturday 23 March 2024, 6.30 pm

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