Soly CisséMen and Lives Jun 6 - Aug 1, 2019 Men and Lives
The latest exhibition by Senegalese painter and sculptor Soly Cissé presents a selection of his recent work unified by the representation of bodily forms and aligned to questions about what is it that makes us human, after all.
“Men and Lives” sees this contemporary master interrogating some of the darker reaches of the psyche, though, as ever with Cissé’s work, imbued with humour and irony. His paintings sometimes show groupings of two or three figures who seem to be refraining from conversation or interaction, as though consumed by their own thoughts or search for some hoped-for “inner identity” not accessible to others. At other times he reveals a seeming procession of human forms, some overlapping and some set apart; again, each element stands apart even as they enter each other’s space. In some paintings, the canvas is divided into two registers or segment, at once seeming to be in conflict but nonetheless harmonised aesthetically, as if the artist is seeking for an impossible unity between fraught human relations.
Cissé’s incomparable understanding of the relation of line to the fulfilment of form (as well as a subtle use of detail in the form of pattern and crosshatch) can be seen in the works on “Men and Lives”. At over four metres wide, the astonishing canvas Untitled (Triptych) of 2018 shows the artist developing this subtle message of the relationship between the human and the lived at a magisterial level and forms a central axis for the exhibition as a whole.
Complemented by figurative sculpture, Soly Cissé’s latest exhibition at Sulger-Buel Gallery allows viewers to experience deeply philosophical, engaging yet accessible work by an outstanding contemporary painter of international repute.
Péju AlatiseMemoirs of the forgotten Sep 12 - Oct 31, 2019 Memoirs of the forgotten
“There is no encounter without ‘cultural contamination'. Culture is a living organism, in continuous mutation, which reinvents itself by passing through the phases of decline, loss of direction and renewal, as determined by its external contacts...No society of sound mind would claim the absolute purity of its culture.” - N'Gone Fall - Things Fall apart
Group ExhibitionYMA (Young Moroccan Artists) May 16 - 30, 2019 YMA (Young Moroccan Artists)
The YMA is a travelling group exhibition that represents young Moroccan artists working in different media and concepts that are inspired by their own unique environments. The exhibition commences at the Sulger-Buel Gallery in London in May 2019 with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the United Kingdom and will then be transported to the KFW-DEG Bank in Cologne in June 2019 as part of their cultural program which had invited Morocco as the feature country this year.
The exhibition aims at fostering a young Moroccan contemporary art scene through a multidisciplinary exhibition of artists from the same generation. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase young creative talent and the artist’s sensibilities as both African and global citizens.
Ghizlane SahliHistoires de Tripes – Chapter II Mar 19 - May 7, 2019 In her first solo gallery exhibition in London, acclaimed Moroccan artist, Ghizlane Sahli utilises her remarkable understanding of space and form to present a series of three-dimensional bas-reliefs, as well as drawings and sculpture, in an exhibition that sees a deep concern for the environment as well as a beautiful, refined and unique personal aesthetic.
Mohamed Saïd Chair & Jean-David NkotDisarticulations Jan 15 - Mar 5, 2019 Disarticulations Disarticulations is an exhibition that examines the way in which people are distanced, separated and estranged from their world in contemporary society. The two artists exhibited both use the human form to contextualise how the individual is at once part of, and simultaneously counterposed with their lived environment. Jean-David...
Carolyn PartonSongs Beneath the Surface Dec 4 - 28, 2018 Songs Beneath the Surface Songs Beneath the Surface continues Carolyn Parton's philosophical fascination with hypostasis - that which makes up the underlying or fundamental reality of things. She is known for working with the discarded remnants of art making, particularly the paint and paint tubes from renowned artists and local...