Charles Laib Bitton
Born in 1985 in Brussels (BE)
Lives and works in Vienna (AT)

 

Charles Laib Bitton started his career as an interior, furniture designer, a practice that enabled him to grasp the issue of space – from scientific and artistic standpoints alike – as he sought to achieve the combination of linear aspects and proportions. A rigorous and meticulous artist, he experiments on drawing as a means of creating other linear spaces, in this case on plane surfaces, paper or wood. Using simple materials – like inks, charcoal, adhesive tape or even paint – the artist’s imagination transports him, leading him to construct intricate as well as minimalistic drawings.

Charles Laib Bitton’s artistic process never stops reinventing and refining itself  in accordance with his inspiration, as he moves from town to town: New York, Berlin, Brussels, London, Copenhagen, and now Vienna.

 

By exploring the material possibilities of oils, collages and gravures, the artist moves towards a new aesthetic based on density, materials and texture, increasing or decreasing the relief on a surface, understanding the rigours of the straight line, and seeking a new balance between shape, colour and Nature.

The apparently simple composition encourages onlookers to accustom themselves to the works of the artist. Such a personal freedom is essential for Charles Laib Bitton who restrains from using text, thus preserving an atypical relationship between the onlooker and the artwork’s composition.

SOLO SHOW

2017

I told you when I came I was stranger, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

 

2015

Romantic Imagism, Galerie Virginie Louvet, Paris (FR)

 

2014

L’Eveil Passager, ASFAP Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Abstract Memories of a Belgian Mind, PS Greta Marta, Brussels (BE)

2013

50 Works on Paper, BOS 2013, Brooklyn, NY

GROUP SHOW

2018

La Collection BIC, CentQuatre, Paris (FR)

2017

Abstrakte Malerei – Rundgang, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (AT)

Strudel Objekte, New Jörg, Vienna

2016

The Collection, Feizi Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2015

Obscur Clarté, cur. David Rosenberg, Bastille Design Center, Paris (FR)

2013

Beast and Bodies, Schema Projects, Brooklyn (USA)

Portraits of Fern, Norte Maar, Brooklyn (USA)

 

2012

Color, cur. by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, BWAC, Brooklyn (USA)

Fall show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn (USA)

FAIRS

2018

Art on paper, Brussels (BE)

2016

Yia Art Fair, Brussels (BE)

2015

“La confidentielle” of Yia Art Fair, cur. by David Rosenberg, Paris (FR)

RESIDENCY

2017

Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland (IS)

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley (USA)

2014

Amager Strand, Copenhagen (DK)

ASFAP Gallery, Brussels (BE)

COLLECTION

Bic Collection

Kala Art Institute

Severals private collections