Irène Laub Gallery is pleased to announce its participation to the 2019 edition of Viennacontemporary. We will welcome you from 26.09.19 to 29.09.19 with a duo presentation of Belgian artist Bernard Villers and Greek artist Panos Papadopoulos on booth B01.
Bringing together Greek artist Panos Papadopoulos (Athens, 1975) and Belgian artist Bernard Villers (Brussels, 1939) links two geographic territories and two generations in a dialogue underling their study of spatial construction and the potency of colour.
Bernard Villers’ painting plays on the artwork’s relationship with space as an internal, emotional dimension as well as a physical one. Of minimalist appearance – simple ideas, elementary forms, modest constructions, sober aspects – his work shows a very sensitive and cultivated complexity. First cultivated, because it is built on an omnipresent but unobtrusive dialogue with art history, language, literature and philosophy. Secondly sensitive, because the artist is always looking for inspiration in the beautiful banality of life, and in marginal or imperceptible of everyday experiences. TColour is at the centre of Bernard Villers’ creations, accompanied by its surroundings and induced effects, highlighted by the choice of medium and form. The materials are deliberately chosen for their properties, the gestures are intelligible and few in number, the decisions are uncompromising. There is no evasion: what you see is what there is, the constraints are visible, with formidable openness
Panos Papadopoulos creates minimal spaces – usually interiors -, structured by a lone corner and leaving the viewer with an impression of absence and timelessness. Worlds are summoned with a few lines, similar to a haiku’s composition, powerful in their simpliciity. And there aren’t just corners, but plants and lamps, swathes of colour and bodies in motion, all made with the same simplicity and grace as the humble corners that so often found behind them. Look long enough at anything, perhaps especially a corner, and the lines waver and bend with a shift of light, with a drink or three, with the sadness or joy that shapes anything and everything we see. Panos Papadopulos’ spaces summon a wide range of emotions and vibrations, while maintaining an outstanding simplicity.
Brought together by the minimalist dimension of their creative gestures, the two artists form a powerful statement on the sensory force of colour and the importance of a clear composition. Whole interiors and new dimensions emerge from mere folds and corners. Poetic and rigorous, their work seems to make time stand still, while spaces unfold.