“CALIFORNISME” (in partnership with Speerstra Gallery Paris) - 24 rue Saint-Claude, 75003 Paris
Opening on Thursday October 3rd from 6pm to 10pm
Exhibition from October 4th to 12th 2019 - Open everyday from 11am to 7pm
Titled "Californisme", this collective exhibition aims to show California less as a geographical territory than as a state of mind. California has played an outsized role in shaping and defining zeitgeists for many decades, from the rise of the automobile, to the social movements of the 60s and 70s, to the influence of the tech industry today. While the collective imagination associates California with sunshine and progress, the artists in this show also acknowledge the tensions generated by these changes which have implications far beyond the state's borders. The purpose is to present the works of artists whose current concerns reflect the disruptions, positive or not, that are experienced by the west coast of the United States. Whether concerned with daily life or deeper topics, the different practices of the five artists in this selection reflect the way they absorb and then digest their environment and their time. Most of these artists live in the Bay Area of San Francisco, and all of them are driven by the need to deal with the issues their contemporaries are facing. Through this visual journey, "Californisme" offers, above all, a vernacular look at universal issues.