ALL THAT GLITTER IS GOLD
Galerie KOO is pleased to present “”All that glitter is gold”” by Claire Deniau. Originally, gold is a rare, precious, and divine material, reserved for worship and an emblem of wealth. These qualities are still relevant today, even though gold has also become a tool for consumption.
This exhibition presents a series of paintings where the subtle intervention of gold suggests a simple question: can gold still sublimate painting? In other words, does it retain its original meaning by elevating the work from noble to pure, or does it act as a mere enhancement ornament?
French – lives and works in Singapore.
MA & BA Fine Art Central St Martins, London.
Collections: Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), FRAC Paca (France), private collections.
Painting is at the heart of Claire Deniau’s practice – a painting between language and materiality where sensitive intuition and conceptual approach balance each other out in a playful poetry. Her fascination stands from the subtle balance created between the presence of the painting’s materiality, and its unpredictable emotional effect.
She intentionally plays with the relationship between the trio painter/painting/viewer. To do so, she also encompasses installation, interaction and sculpture as well as drawing, etching, video and artist books.
With a subtle sense of humour, she aims at capturing the viewer’s attention away from the digital device in order for him/her to interact directly via the body, the senses, this with no interference. The aim is to open another kind of dialogue – the one that triggers dream, imaginary and a sense of otherness.
She creates a challenging and unsettling space, in which these potentialities are explored, in many propositions held out to free the viewer’s imagination.