Adrien Vescovi produces his own colours from plant or mineral decoctions, creating ‘landscape essences’ that reflect the different geographic locations in which he works By exposing his canvases to the wind, moonshine, sunshine and oxidation phenomena, primitive forms or shades arise, inhabited by the memory of their various states of existence..
Invited by MAMAC to take over the Galerie des Ponchettes, Vescovi has created an almost sensual sensory walk through his pictorial experimentation. In response to the gallery’s angular design, paintings suspended at varying heights punctuate the spaces, playing on parallels and perpendiculars, for visitors to walk around and through. The colours, extracted by the artist from warm Roussillon ochres and Moroccan soils and spices, infused canvases that he then exposed to cool light and bad weather in a park in Holland for a few months. For the Ponchettes, he finally assembled those free standing canvas in new compositions, playing on those north-south movements that left their mark on the history of painting.
In the gallery, ropes plaited and dyed by the artist drew wild curves between paintings, intertwining and rising up between the arches like vines snaking across the ground. They subverted the paintings’ lines and planes. Immerse in pots of strange decoctions, they progressively became infused with the material / colours created by Vescovi.
Responding to this indoor walk were the paintings on the great arches outside. Facing the sea and subject to sun, wind and rain, for the duration of the exhibition the canvases were charged with the memory of meteors.
Born in 1981 and a graduate of the École Supérieure d’Art de l’Agglomération d’Annecy, Adrien Vescovi has been living and working in Marseille for a few years now, before which he was based in the Haute-Savoie.
Hélène Guenin, director of MAMAC
Adrien Vescovi is represented by the Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière