February 28 - April 11, 2009 Galerie Daniel Templon
For the first time in France, Galerie Daniel Templon exhibits the very young German painter Oda Jaune. At only 29, the Bulgarian-born artist, has developed a unique world, which intersects in a dreamlike atmosphere, surrealistic influences, retro iconography, socialist realism, reminiscences of Hollywood, advertisements or short news items.
Born in 1979 in Sofia, Oda Jaune moved as a teenager to Germany. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, where she was a student of the painter Jörg Immendorff. Her very personal and unusually mature work explores a strange world where people, objects, unidentified shapes move in both poetic and disturbing scenes.
An ambiguous organ - a heart, a piece of flesh or a tongue – regularly makes an unexpected appearance, confirming an impression of both sensuality and strangeness, bordering on the fantastic. "When Jaune creates works with anthropomorphic forms, she builds a formal symbiosis between Man and nature that allows (…) a visible flow between the organic forms of nature and the cultural ones represented by Man, by his instruments, whether for war or work, " as art critic Achille Bonito Oliva explains.
The artist builds her painting as a film script, but in the manner of the old masters, between Baroque and Mannerism. The themes are borrowed from her neighborhood: memories, readings, images seen on the Internet. Without inhibition, she takes in her most intimate experience compositions that move freely according to her imagination. As she explains: "It doesn’t matter where the motifs come from, but rather what they become. "
After several years in Düsseldorf, Oda Jaune chose to settle in Paris in 2008. Notably, she exhibited at the Koblenz Kunsthalle (2004) and the Fondazione Mudima in Milan (2007). She participated in many group exhibitions including "Twenty-four Living Artists in China" at the White Space Gallery in Beijing (2003), "Plus two - Contemporary Art from Bulgaria and Romania" at the Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg (2007), "The bearable lightness of being - The Metaphor of the Space" at the 11th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura in Venice (2008).
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