‘Approach’, Lucas Dupuy and Vika Prokopaviciute
13.01.2023 – 04.02.2023
Coulisse Gallery proudly presents ‘Approach’, a painting exhibition with artists Lucas Dupuy and Vika Prokopaviciute, curated by Jeanette Gunnarsson. The show brings together two artists whose work contains an acute sense of the physicality of spaces and architecture, and the emotional and metaphorical possibilities present within them. Through a methodological and systematic relationship with painting and abstraction, the canvas in Dupuy’s and Prokopaviciute's work becomes a meeting place of movement and portals, gaps, and separations. Dupuy’s work suggests a sense of absence with vast empty spaces contrasted with rhythmical, fast liquid marks gliding across the surface, creating an atmosphere of tension and anxiety. Prokopaviciutes' large painting ‘Quiet Month of March’ is dominated by a powerful saturated red that infiltrates and reverberates a vibrant energy that pierces through an enveloping space compartmentalised by fading lines. Between masterfully painted surfaces, chance happenings and emotionally charged moments appear. ‘Approach’ is a conversation between two worlds filled with actions, movements, methods, sentiments, moods, and emotions. Worlds that encounter each other on an edge that isn’t a boundary but an opportunity. Viewpoints meet vanishing points, asking us, what if borders are somewhere we meet instead of a place of separation?
Lucas Dupuys' paintings attempt to find an intersection between language and form. There is an influence of Nature within the work which also contrasts heavily with the architecture and formal elements. A layer of anxiety within the work, whether reflected in the composition, the tension and strain between marks or the colour palette, can be very ghostly and eerie or stand in contrast with the more optimistic and calmer.
Vika Prokopaviciute’s body of work, ‘Quiet Month of March,’ winks at the idea of a painting as a window. Unlocking its doors, it draws you into a red-burning horizon. It is also a container: the “doors” are the motif from the prior work that is not on view but becomes present. It is a result of the method: each painting is a speculation on the previous one, another possible option for comprehending what we are looking at: as if painting space would turn around, bend, cut open, zoom in front of me and you.
Lucas Dupuy (b. London, 1992), Lives and works in London. Selected Exhibitions, Atami art grant residency, November, Atami, Shizuoka, Japan, 2022; Gertrude PRESENTS, October, London, 2022; Noontime Ghosts, curated by Brooke Wilson, Eve Leibe gallery, September, London, 2022; Final Hot Desert, ~Press~, Duo show with Louis Morlæ, Curated by Ben Sang, Warden Point, Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom, August 2, 2022; Squeezebox, Collective Ending HQ, June 6,London,2021; Florist Mews, Castor Gallery, 5 March – 3 April, London, 2021; Glade, Constantine, Cornwall, 2020; Parallel Archaeology with BIEN, Makoto Kobayashi, Oil, Japan, 2020; Choi and Lager gallery, Adieu to old England, the kids are alright, Cologne, Germany, 2020; The form springs, Senesi Contemporanea, London, 2019; Carousel, The Koppel Project Central, London, 2019; ASANNAT, Ostend – BE, 2019; Hopp och Lek pt2 Collaborative project with Amanda Mostrom, Blockhouse Tokyo, Japan, 2019 Gobbledygook, Kennington residency final show, London, 2019; On Sundays, Watrium Museum, Bien & Lucas Dupuy on the paper, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 Recreational grounds 2, Wendover house carpark, London, 2018; Incunable, Solo show, Union Gallery, London, 2018; Slippage, Von Goetz Art, London, 2018; Atlantic Bakery, Ridgeway Road, London,2017; Hopp och Lek, Collaborative project with Amanda Mostrom, The Kennington Residency, 2017.
Publications: Article in print issue 06 of Emergent Magazine; Monograph ‘Earth Observations’ Printed Black and PMS Silver throughout Fedrigoni Sirio Cover, 270gsm 150 Copies, signed and numbered Published by Lichen books 2020; Monograph ‘Collected Arrangements’ Foolscap Editions, 80 pages, ISBN: 978-1-9997990-3-8, Edition of 350, Published 1st Edition 2019 Monograph ‘Incunable’ 76 pages, Run of 200, 2018 self-published.
Vika Prokopaviciute (b. 1983, Vilnius, Lithuania), Lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Selected Exhibitions: How exactly like the object, how beautiful! How exactly like the object, how ugly!, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria 2022; Niche (solo), Editorial, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2022; Odd Attractor, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2021, Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2022; Pale Echo (Solo), NEVVEN, Göteborg, Sweden, 2021; S.O.L System of Language, Eve Leibe Gallery, 2021; New Views on Same-Olds, xhibit, Vienna, AT, 2021; Radical Passivity: Politics of the Flesh, nGbK, Berlin, Germany 2020; Unchain #1, WAF Galerie–kunstbüro, Vienna, Austria, 2020; Der Bote ist der Tote, Mauve, Vienna, Austria, 2020; No x in Nixon, 2019; Über das Neue, Pferd, Belvedere 21, Vienna, Austria, 2019; HARSH ASTRAL: The Radiants 2, with Mutant Autopilot Brushes, Francesca Pia, Zürich, Switzerland, 2018; out of the blue, wellwellwell, Vienna, Austria, 2015.
Collections: Sammlung Wien Museum, AT Artothek des Bundes, Vienna, AT; Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden; Västra Götaland, Sweden.