From The Raw Memory, I Pray For A Branch.
NADA Solo Presentation
May 4-7, 2012
548 West 22nd Street
between 10th and 11th Aves.
Friday, May 4; 2pm to 8pm
Saturday, May 5; 11am to 8pm
Sunday, May 6; 11am to 6pm
Monday, May 7; 11am to 4pm
There is a common substratum between the formal and the symbolic in the works of Aurelien Porte, and the forms used in his sculptures may evoke native art, the Incas, or Gothic sculpture. This is because they come from his practice of not setting the stylistic process definitively in stone.
In this sense his paintings, which often include repeated combinations of words, share the same practice of seeking a special, floating mental state reached through repetition. The practice of obscuring backgrounds seeks the same state of suspension where reference points in time and space are intentionally blurred.
The recurrent presence of animals and Chimeras and their characterization in the works of Aurelien Porte attest to his search for an intermediate mythology.
Likewise the exact status of Aurelien Porte’s works is sometimes floating and rebounding: an inkjet printed carpet will evoke a former piece, self advertisement, or a new painterly surface. A series of small paintings seems to physically agglomerate all the studio’s work, while a series of bas-reliefs, a little-used medium nowadays in which he creates a form of reading, implies the widespread presence of a personal mythology. A painted tree stump evokes natural sculptures, possible rituals, or even decoration, but it is also a formal statement on the possible use of the classical oil painted surface.
Aurelien Porte was born in 1981 and lives and works in Paris. He studied at the ERBAN in Nantes (France) and at the Glasgow School of Art (U.K.).
April 20 – August 26, his work can be viewed at "Intense Proximité" (cur Okwui Enwezor), Paris Triennial, Palais de Tokyo.