Galerie Odile OuizemanIRIS LEVASSEUR: Cm, version bleue (2019). Black stone, watercolour, 130 x 241cm. © Iris Levasseur/Courtesy Galerie Odile Ouizeman IRIS LEVASSEUR: Cm, version bleue (2019). Black stone, watercolour, 130 x 241cm. © Iris Levasseur/Courtesy Galerie Odile Ouizeman
The Galerie Odile Ouizeman, founded in 2007, presents young artists whose different forms of expression take part in theoretical and sensitive enquiry – painting, photography, installation, video – so reflecting contemporary art’s richness. Each exhibition is a step in their progression and illustrates the capacity of absorption and renewal without denying the process of elaboration necessary for these emerging artists. In order to increase the value of exchange, this artistic platform, dedicated to contemporary creation, is constantly looking out for new talents.
At Draw Art Fair London, the gallery will present a solo show of works by Iris Levasseur, one of the most active artists on the French drawing scene. She has taken part in many prestigious exhibitions, including Papiers XL about oversized drawings at the Pompidou Centre. Her work is represented in national collections (such as the Fond National d’art contemporain, Musée national d’art moderne, Fond régional d’art contemporain) and important private collections (including Durand-Ruel, Salomon, Pernod Ricard).
Levasseur’s drawings represents an imaginary world between reality and dream with the human body occupying a central role. In her disquieting drawings and canvases she embraces the human form as both medium and message. “What’s irresistible,” she confessed in a recent interview, “is giving birth to bodies, having at your disposal the bodies you dream of.”
The artist admits a penchant for the harsh, ruthless figuration of Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, but her creations also bring to mind Francis Bacon. Are the recurring recumbent figures sleeping, unconscious or dead? In Levasseur’s artworks, questions only beget other questions.