June 12– July 6, 2012
Opening: June 11, 6 pm

Nicolas Ceccaldi

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A blank page on table, the pale light of a laptop screen, our home: did we actually believe that we'd ever see it again when we were so far away, at the frontlines? The certainty to never come back was like an endless ocean that kept us separate. There were too many shells, too many dark puddles of mud and too many wooden crosses. Sooner or later, our time would come, too. And yet it's over; life goes on and the atrocious flash-backs of gasmasks and schrapnels will soon be appeased. We'll forget and perhaps there will come a time when confusing memories of WAR with memories of youth we'll sigh with regret.

This exhibition (first solo show by Nicholas Ceccaldi in Switzerland) introduces new techniques and themes including, "but not limited to": rephotography, abstraction, giclée printing on stretched canvas, the digital camera as a rudimentary receiving instrument for screen-captures, my tumblr blog, doing everything on "a pirated copy of photoshop", the freeware feeling of alienation and anguish, grief, bathroom spleen, the green crosses of pharmacies, William Bouguereau, etc. This lexical field is developped through juxtapositions despite the fact that hybridization and mixing everything together contributes to the current politics of cultural impoverishment. For this reason, and on this special occasion the windows of the gallery have been partially BLACKENED in order to reduce the negative impact that the neighbouring outdoors might have on the attention that the exhibited artworks yearn for.

< / l i f e >, 2013
giclée and razor blades on canvas, 120x80cm

untitled, 2013
acrylic on canvas, 80x80cm

blank screen with cursor, 2013
giclée on canvas, 140x100cm

blank screen, 2013
giclée on canvas, 140x100cm

keep calm and jeune fille, 2013
giclée and acrylic on canvas, 90x100cm

pharmacy, 2013
giclée, felt-tip pen and razor blade on canvas, 120x90cm

broken, 2013
giclée and acrylic on canvas, 90x80cm