May 18 - June 30, 2013
Opening: May 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
Catherine Melin gets inspiration from urban space, uses works to tell human activities in the city. In 2012, she was invited to Chengdu, China, to get inspiration from such a changing space that with high-speed development and a ultimate urbanization, and created in her unique artistic language.
Catherine Melin has been to Chengdu for resident creation twice on April and August, 2012, each time she lived for one months. Everyday she accurately measure the city just like a professional gauger, to record the scenes, objects and facilities in photographies, videos and paintings. She is particularly interested in the construction of Chengdu Ring Road and Fourth Ring Road. In her view, these constructions represent the high-speed constructions emerging in various parts of China. These constructions make China look like in a different time dimension from the Western community. In order to explore the other major cities in China, she has also been to Chongqing and Shanghai for investigation. In this exhibition, Catherine Melin will show her journey in Chengdu, China in the way of installation, painting, photography and video. Video sound is produced by artist Bernard Pourrière, he has cooperated with Catherine Melin for many times.
Catherine Melin was born in 1986 in Marseilles, France. Between 1990 and 1994, she successively learned plastic arts in Paris Diderot University in France, Arts Institute of Chicago and école nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. In 2001, she won the gold award of the contemporary sketch salon Draw Paris, which was held in Carrousel du Louvre. As a resident artist in Isabelle Gounod Gallery in Paris, Catherine Melin’s works have been exhibited in Argentina, Scotlan, Canada, Russia, Spain, etc.. Many works of Catherine Melin have been collected by a number of national and private art institutes both at home and abroad, such as France Provence-Alpes Region, Pas de Calais Foundation for Contemporary Art in the northern, and Buenos Aires Art Center in Span. In addition, Catherine Melin has also been invited by a number of schools and cities to design public facilities, such as France National Polytechnic University in Marseille, France, Jules Ferry College, France and Grande Sant City, France.
Bernard Pourrière graduated from the Higher Institute of Arts in Aix-en-Provence. He has been researching the impace of new technologies to human development and change, as well as the link between space-time, movement, activities, human action and multimedia. Since the 1990s, Bernard Pourrière produces sound for many performances and installations. In addition, he has also cooperated with many musicians, dancers and choreographers, producing sound tracks for many artists’ videos.