En Plein Chic
Cuturi Gallery is pleased to present En Plein Chic, a solo exhibition by Louis Granet (b.1991, France). Alongside his prominent flower paintings, Granet will be showcasing a new series of paintings that draw specific references to Asian popular culture. En Plein Chic marks the first solo exhibition of the French artist in the region.
About the Artist:
Throughout his studies, Granet was always intrigued by the artistic potentialities of translating the fundamentals of comic illustration unto the canvas, beyond the structural restraints of a comic strip.
Drawing on the lineages of modern and post-modern art movements such as Pop Art and Neo-Pop Art, Granet captures the absurdity and abstraction of our visual realities in detail. Resembling the stylization of comic illustrations, the artist goes on to create digital renderings of his paintings before working on them. In playing with scale and perception, Granet moves beyond the mere reproduction and appropriation of comic illustration to foreground our contemporary realities in a discerning manner.
About the exhibition:
For En Plein Chic, Granet will be presenting a new series of paintings that focus on Asian popular culture. This selection of paintings features iconic characters from Japanese manga and anime series, such as Astro Boy, Hello Kitty and Doraemon. In addition to packets of instant ramen noodles and confectionary commonly found in convenience stores or supermarkets within the region. By incorporating these popular references into his paintings, Granet plays on the recognisability of these cultural products and commodities as a commentary on our global consumer and visual culture.
Granet will also be exhibiting his series of flower paintings, which see the aggregation of flowers in an overload of saturated colours proliferated across the canvas. By enmeshing flowers originating from disparate geographical regions, ranging from the islands of the Caribbean to the major cities of Italy within an individual canvas, Granet demonstrates his artistic propensity for embracing multiplicity.