Tonight we are excited to present a review of 2013 year’s work, the first year of Catherine Ahnell Gallery. There will be a well selected and thought out mix of work by four French artists pushing the margins of contemporary art.
Following in the SoHo heritage of A.I.R. (artist-in-residence), the gallery proposed the artists to work and exhibit in the same space, highlighting the artistic process. This gesture opened up the possibility of viewing each exhibition as an art installation and at the same time gave precedence to individual art pieces created to stand alone.
See you tonight!
6-9pm, 66 Grand Street.
Acknowledged and analyzed by the Parisians the development and aesthetic of the French artist Mehdi ‘”ZeeR”
relates tangentially to his career as a graphic designer. In 2000 he started looking for an optimal mode of expression, a graphic transcendence based on the composition of a single character, through which he sees a window with endless possibilities: he had found le module. From that point on, Mehdi became LeMoDuLeDeZeeR, where ‘ZeeR’ stands for Zone Expérimentale d’Expression Relative (Experimental Zone of Relative
Expression), a mental space in which his medium can evolve.
The module repeats itself and proliferates into different shapes interacting with our environment. One of “ZeeR’’s
most well-known examples are the crosses and circles that format a tic-tac-toe game as part of the project Start Game Over,
for which he proposed art installations on walls in every arrondissement of Paris to become part of the city landscape.
Occupying space but never imposing a message whether on a building wall, a billboard, or in a gallery space,
his’s visual language is consciously placed in unpredictable places or hidden from the general range of vision.
A creative bug in our everyday environment; a proposal to re_ect on where our eyes naturally go; coded communication with
an anonymous sender.
Mehdi describes his relation to the Module as follows: ‘I sculpt, draw, paint and install this module where there is potential to
bring something to life. The game: To encourage it to proliferate to the point where it becomes autonomous, inhabiting the
void, existing between poles.’
Mehdi “ZeeR” has appeared in numerous exhibitions with paintings, videos and art installations since 2005, and has
exhibited at places such as Les Bain Douches curated by Magda Danysz, Galerie Du Jour Agnès B,
GZ Gallery at Carrousel du Louvre.