Following on his well received, non-conventional solo presentation in Venice last year, Pejac has decided to put up a small intimate showing in Paris this June. Determined to exhibit his works in surprising and authentic spaces, 'Waterline' will be on view inside an old ‘péniche’ boat moored right next to Notre-Dame. Bringing his poignant imagery to another location which can hardly be described as an art venue, the artist will create an enticing ambient that will provide an unprecedented look inside his work process.
Custom built to fit the Belgian and French canal locks, ‘péniche’ steel freight carriers played an important role in building the country and creating the lifestyle France is known for today. With the last of them built in mid 70s, most of these vessels have been repurposed nowadays, but never to this extent. Challenging the traditional exhibition space and concept, 'Waterline' will be showcasing carefully selected body of work just above water level, with evident focus being put on the line based works on paper. Matching the artist's sentiment that is evoking times of hands-on approach to human activity and slower 'progression', this inland waterway barge provides an excellent backdrop for a series of studies and drawings that will be on view from 20th until the 24th of June. Using the compact interior of the craft to his advantage, Pejac decided to put the focus on smaller scale studio drawings and sketches as the crucial element of his work practice. With most of them being starting point for large paintings, murals, and interventions, the exhibition will be an exceptional opportunity to get a close and unmediated look at artist's poetic vision of the world. The showcase will include around 30 original works of paper, created in the past year or so, as he is preparing for his big US debut in NYC next year. Unlike Venice show that was a non-commercial, the works at the upcoming Paris exhibition will be available for purchase.
The winners will be contacted on June 28th via email with instructions on how to proceed with the purchase.
Péniche Daphné. Pont au Double, next to Notre-Dame.
Face nº11 quai Montebello, 75005 Paris
Wednesday 20th - 7 to 11 pm (Vernissage, RSVN only)
Thursday 21th - 10 am to 10 pm
Friday 22nd - 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday 23th - 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday 24th - 10 am to 12 pm
Marking the opening of his upcoming exhibition "Waterline" in Paris, Pejac will be releasing a new limited edition print for the occasion.
For this release, the artist picked the main image from his previous Venice show, a large charcoal drawing "A Forest". Depicting a fantastical landscape dominated by the smog-covered industrial chimneys letting out thick, dark smoke, which then form a hilly landscape in the sky, the iconic drawing felt like a perfect fit for this particular show. Presenting the unjust and careless relationship between humans and nature, the piece is a great example of artist's ability to compose beautiful poetic images while portraying a dark, disturbing reality. At the same time, it shows his extraordinary artistic skills and drawing technique, creating both soft, dreamy imagery while accenting the important details in great detail.
The edition was produced through a manual, painstaking process conducted and closely overlooked by the artist, resulting in each copy taking up to 1hr of work to create. Involving 5 long and precise steps for each copy, the edition run of only 80 examples measuring 105 x 75 cm (41.33 x 29.52 inches) will be available for purchase. Produced on Vein 270grs paper using 1 color hand pulled photopolymer technique, each copy has an embossed stamp, comes signed and numbered by the artist and is accompanied with Certificate of Authenticity.
The print will be sold through a lottery system for which show visitors can purchase tickets in cash, and in person only. Each ticket has to be allocated to a different person (name, email, and address), but multiple tickets can be purchased by one show visitor. Each ticket will cost €20 and will be honored with an exclusive postcard/small print measuring 21 x 15 cm, available only through this lottery. All the funds collected through lottery tickets will be donated to the locally based environmental NGO Fondation GoodPlanet.
The aim of Fondation GoodPlanet is to raise public awareness on environmental issues and environmental protection, to bring ecology and humanism into people's conscience and so to encourage a more respectful way of life towards the Earth and its inhabitants.
Edition of 80
105 x 75 cm 1 color hand pulled photopolymer
Embossed stamp, signed and numbered by the artist
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
1.280€ (VAT included, packing and shipping not included)