Jean-Luc Moulène: New Works at Thomas Dane Gallery
Jean-Luc Moulène’s exhibition, New Works, at Thomas Dane Gallery represents the culmination of the time Moulène spent living and working in New York as part of a yearlong survey at the Dia Art Foundation. Born in Reims in 1955, Moulène began his artistic training in Versailles in the mid-70s and has since then slowly developed up a diverse oeuvre, which incorporates a wealth of media – and this exhibition showcases that diversity.
The exhibition is his second in the UK this year, in conjunction with his show at Modern Art Oxford, which runs until 25th November. When speaking to the artist, he was keen to stress the centrality of conflict to the exhibition, and walking round the show it becomes a theme which would be difficult to ignore.
It would certainly be hard to categorise Moulène and his work within an artistic movement, but this exhibition most clearly points towards a study of texture. The variety of media which Moulène employs is striking and provides the exhibition with a depth and diversity which both mirrors Moulène’s career, and imbues the exhibition with an eclectic consistency that runs through the two spaces comprising the gallery. The textural differentiation occurring in the materials used For Birds 1 and For Birds 2 is a perfect example of this: the contrast between the matte metal which comprises the bird cage and the bright and reflective glass structure inside points to a dialogue between rigidity and liquidity.
The key pieces are certainly the Blown Knot series, which were a personal highlight. The mixture of colour, form and material result in a striking juxtaposition of transparency and reflection, which is explored through the four piece series to laudable effect. The variety of photography, sculpture and painting make this a highly worthwhile visit.
Jean-Luc Moulene: New Works is at the Thomas Dane Gallery from 23rd November 2012 until 26th January 2013. For further information visit the gallery’s website here.