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Vincent Gicquel

Vincent Gicquel


C'est pas grave

C’est pas grave

No big deal


23 June 2018 > 26 August 2018
Vincent Gicquel, "C'est pas grave #7", aquarelle sur papier, 110 x 75 cm – courtesy de l'artiste et de la galerie Thomas Bernard - Cortex Athletico – photo : Rebecca Fanuele

La Criée centre for contemporary art is welcoming Vincent Gicquel for his first solo exhibition in an art centre. To mark the occasion the artist will be premiering a new series of large watercolours.
C’est pas grave (No big deal) is produced by La Criée centre for contemporary art in parallel with the Pinault Collection in Rennes exhibition Debout ! (Stand Up!) featuring new paintings by Vincent Gicquel.

Vincent Gicquel is fond of saying paint flows in his veins, but drawing has a visceral hold on him as well. For this tireless worker drawing, most often in the form of watercolour, can serve as a preliminary study, a quick release for the setbacks and impasses painting sometimes leads him to, a moment of inspiration urgently thrown down on paper, or a long-simmering problem abruptly clobbered.
In his series of large watercolours for La Criée, Gicquel reprises and elaborates on his favourite subjects – his painterly and humanistic concerns: the place of the decorative motif in painting; the place of the figure in composition; and the place – tragicomic, miserable and risible but also and thereby exhilarating – of human beings in society and the world: Ecce Homo.
Paralleling his painting and taking it further, Gicquel’s watercolours convey, in its starkest, most concentrated form, all the urgency of the commitment to life and art of this hypersensitive yet amused observer of the human comedy.


curator  Sophie Kaplan, director of La Criée
production La Criée centre for contemporary art, Rennes


preview Friday 22 June 2018, from 6:30 pm to 20 pm
meeting with Vincent Gicquel Saturday 23 June 2018, 3 pm


together with the exhibition Debout ! (Stand Up!)
the Pinault Collection at the Couvent des Jacobins and the Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, 23 June – 9 September 2018

Vincent Gicquel, "C'est pas grave #1", aquarelle sur papier, 110 x 75 cm – courtesy de l'artiste et de la galerie Thomas Bernard - Cortex Athletico – photo : Rebecca Fanuele
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born in 1974 in Normandy, France
lives and works in Bordeaux, France

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