A PERFECT LIE

«La Città del Sole» (The City of the Sun), written in 1602 by the Italian Dominican friar Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639), is a philosophical work that outlines an ideal state characterised by communal possessions, in which the people follow the natural religion.

The inhabitants of the City of the Sun know nothing of the egotism, the horrors of war and hunger, and the violence that exist in the rest of the world. The city is organised along totally rational lines. It is supervised by a group of people called “officials”, who constantly make sure that no one can act unjustly towards their fellow citizens. There is an official for every virtue: liberality, magnanimity, abstinence, fortitude, aesthetics, justice, industriousness, truth, and so on. Furthermore, in this circular city, responsibility for bringing up children lies with all citizens, and everyone enjoys equal opportunities. The “solar citizens” also carefully follow dietary rules, whilst the officials have the most desirable food, but often decide to give their food to those who have distinguished themselves in contests with weapons or scientific debates.

The Dominican philosopher’s work is a precious testament to his passion and hope in the face of the tragic reality of his time. It is a work that perfectly captures the ambitions of seventeenth-century Europe’s sharpest minds and represents the great cultural, political and social ferment of those years; it is the concrete result of that period’s great aspiration for change and social renewal.

Alas, the City of the Sun is no utopia, as it lacks the first requisite of any utopia: the quality of atheism.

Furthermore, “as a model of a republic to imitate, the City of the Sun is a model not to imitate,” was the irreverent opinion of Alberto Savinio (1891-1952), the multi-faceted Italian intellectual who was always keen to unmask self-delusion and bourgeois certitudes, working in freedom, each artist has formally interpreted the concept of utopia.

Deriving from the Greek οὐ («not») and τόπος («place»), the word means “no place”. It was coined by Thomas More (London 1478 – 1535) and originally contained a play on words with the English homophone eutopia, deriving from the Greek εὖ («good» or “well”) and τόπος («place») and therefore meaning «good place». So the identical pronunciation of «utopia» and «eutopia» in English resulted in a double meaning: outopia (no place); eutopia (good place); utopia (beautiful, unattainable place).

Fit for the city in the relentless pursuit of top artistic forms.

«A Perfect Lie» by The Engine Room

Make me beautiful
Make me beautiful

A perfect soul
A perfect mind
A perfect face
A perfect lie

Make me beautiful
Make me beautiful

A perfect soul
A perfect mind
A perfect face
A perfect…

A perfect soul
A perfect mind
A perfect face
A perfect lie

OST of «Nip/Tuck», the American television «(medical) drama» series
created by Ryan Murphy in 2003 circa.

 

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Installation view

 

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(l) LOUISA GAGLIARDI, adam & lio, 2015, 119,7 x 162,8 cm, encre sur pvc / ink on pvc; (r) LOUISA GAGLIARDI, philippe, 2015, 119,7 x 163,9 cm, encre, gel medium sur pvc / ink medium gel on pvc

 

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(l) ISAAC LYTHGOE, untitled, 2015, 50 x 93 cm, impression sur / archival print on pig skin; (r) MIKAEL BRKIC, the influencer, 2015, 170 x 50 x 3 cm , acrylique et platre / paint and casting

 

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MIKAEL BRKIC, the influencer, 2015, 170 x 50 x 3 cm, acrylique et platre / paint and casting

 

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ZUZANNA CZEBATUL, Tristan, Kewin, Joss, 2015, 150 x 140 x 135 cm, polyester, mousse expansive, acier / polyester, expanding foam, metal

 

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TOBIAS KASPAR, boarding school, 2009, Ed 2/3, hd video / 8.5min, color, no sound

 

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Installation view

 

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(l) LINDSAY LAWSON, der denker, 2015, 140 x 80 x 40 cm, néon, plastilin, câblage électrique / neon, plastilin, electrical wiring; (r) LOUISA GAGLIARDI, marcel, 2015, 119,7 x 162,8 cm, encre, gel medium sur pvc / ink medium gel on pvc

 

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LINDSAY LAWSON, der denker, 2015, 140 x 80 x 40 cm, néon, plastilin, câblage électrique / neon, plastilin, electrical wiring

 

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Installation view

 

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ALEX ITO, in Terms of Grace (Pillar and Ashes), 2015, 182.88h x 243.84w x 203.2d cm, aluminium, carpet, brass, ceramic, enamel paint, shoes and concrete

 

LOUISA GAGLIARDI

Louisa Gagliardi was born in 1989 in Switzerland. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from ECAL in 2012. Gagliar- di’s practice revolves around illustration, which allows her projects to oscillate between the editorial realm and visual arts realm. In early 2015, she opened her studio in Zurich and currently teaches at ECAL.

MIKAEL BRKIC

Mikael D. Brkic (b. 1987, Oslo) lives and works between Berlin and Oslo. He has attended The Mountain School of Art in Los Angeles, Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and Kunstakademiet ved Kunsthøgskolen in Oslo. His works was presented in several artist run-space in Oslo but also in groupshows in New-York, Frakfurt or Leipzig. The groupshow at JEANROCHDARD in december 2015 is her first show in Belgium. Mikael also curated four exhibitions in Olso and has was involved in the journal Provence.

ZUZANNA CZEBATUL

Zuzanna Czebatul (b. 1986, Miedzyrzecz, PL) is a Berlin and New-York based artist who graduated from the Städels- chule of Frankfurt in 2013. Her work was presented in solo and groupshows at New-York, Los Angeles, Berlin or Paris. The groupshow at JEANROCHDARD in december 2015 is her first show in Belgium.

LINDSAY LAWSON

Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982, Biloxi, Mississipi) lives in and works in Berlin. She is graduated from the Städelschule of Fran- kfurt in 2009. Her work was include in exhibitions at Gillmeier Rech (Berlin), Adds Donna (Chicago) or at Ida Schmid (NY). The groupshow at JEANROCHDARD in december 2015 is her first show in Belgium. She is also the co-founder of the artist collective Baby Darwin with Dafna Maimon.

TOBIAS KASPAR

Tobias Kaspar (b. 1984, Basel, Switzerland) lives and works in Berlin et Rome. He is graduated from the the Hochschule für Bildende Künste of Hamburg in 2011. His work was included in several exhibitions around the world as in Berlin, Paris Sao Paulo or New-York. Tobias Kaspar’s works take shape of videos, performances but also lectures and editorial projects.

ALEX ITO

Alex Ito (b. 1991, Los Angeles, California) is a New-York based artist. He is gratuated from Pratt Institude in 2013. His works has been presented in New-York, Los Angeles, London or Milan. The groupshow at JEANROCHDARD in decem- ber 2015 is his first show in Belgium. He also curated four exhibitions in Baltimore and New-York.

ISAAC LYTHGOE

Isaac Lythgoe (b. 1989, Guernsey) lives and works in London. He is gratuated from the Royal College of Art in 2014. His works was included in exhibitions in Amsterdam, Guernsey and London. The groupshow at JEANROCHDARD is his first show in Belgium.

 

GALERIE JEANROCH DARD – PARIS
A PERFECT LIE
Group show curated by Domenico de Chirico
with : Mikael Brkic, Zuzanna Czebatul, Louisa Gagliardi, Alex Ito, Tobias Kaspar, Lindsay Lawson and Isaac Lythgoe.
10.12.2015 – 23.01.2016
80 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75011 Paris