Jonathan Binet, Lydia Gifford & David Ostrowski

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Jonathan Binet, Lydia Gifford & David Ostrowski
25th February — 31st March 2012
Opening Friday, 24th February 2012, 6 – 8 pm

Following last year’s group exhibition Stories being told, this spring BolteLang presents another three contemporary painting positions: Jonathan Binet (*1984, lives in Paris), Lydia Gifford (*1979, lives in London) and David Ostrowski (*1981, lives in Cologne). In contrast to the Stories being told artists, whose works focus on narratives and figurative stories, these three artists create paintings with a diversity of materials and nuances of colour, that often are located somewhere between image and object and hence frequently spread from the canvas out into the space. Shades of white create a subtle colourfulness, which is extended through the sparse use of blue, red and black. At the same time the physical presence of the works is further emphasised. All three artists have an interest in the investigation of the language of painting in common, but in very different ways.

Jonathan Binet completed his art degree at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2010. 2006 he did an exchange year at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe. In the recent past he participated in following exhibitions (selection): Les mains dans les poches, pleines, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, 2011 (solo), That which doesn’t kill us is often made of foam, Chert, Berlin, 2011, LIVRET II, curated by Irmavep Club, Galerie Art : Concept, Paris, 2011. In 2008 he won the Lauréat du prix des amis des Beaux-Arts, Prix Gérard Viquel.

After her bachelor degree at Chelsea School of Art and Design Lydia Gifford received her masters from the Royal College of Art in London in 2008. Exhibitions in the last years include: Its Hurtling Gold, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, 2011 (solo), Art Statements, Basel, 2011, Brackets, Marcelle Alix, Paris, 2011 (solo), Young London, V22, London, 2011, Tableaux, Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Greno- ble, 2011, Taj Mahal Travellers, Gallery Nordenhake, Stockholm (2009). Currently her works are on view in a solo show at the David Roberts Foundation in London.

David Ostrowski completed his degree at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2009. David began exhibiting actively during his studies: F, Artothek, Cologne, 2012 (solo), Die Lügnerin, Format:C, Dusseldorf, 2011 (solo), This is Tomorrow, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, 2011, Single Museum, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, 2011, Addition and Subtraction, 304 days, Vancouver, 2010, The last real painters, Resy Muijsers Contempo- rary Art, Tilburg, 2009, Bilder mit Sonnenbrand, First Floor Contemporary, Dusseldorf, 2008 (solo), How to Look at Homegrown Terror, Fette’s Gallery, Los Angeles, 2007 (solo), Royalbunker, Institut für zeitgenössische Beobachtung, Vienna, 2007, Wie man aus einer Affäre gleich zwei macht, Raum für Kunst und Musik, Cologne, 2006 (solo). David received a studio grant from the Kölnischer Kunstverein und the Imhoff-Stiftung for 2012.

Exhibtion documentation