by BERTILLE BAK. Petite scène de la révolte routinière. 2009. courtesy of the artist
by DAMIEN CADIO. Diem Hadas Suns. 2006. oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm
by DAMIEN CADIO. Remo. 2007. oil on canvas. 24 x 30 cm
Yesterday I spent my afternoon at CRAC for an exhibiton entitled Passage à Faune at CRAC ALSACE. What a programme!
First, you MUST go to CRAC ALSACE because: it’s a nice place (housed in the old school buildings of a lycée). It’s well situated, just a few kilometres from Switzerland and Germany and
it’s a place of research and experimentation whose principal aim is to allow the discovery of contemporary art to the widest possible audience
Now the exhibiton: Passage à Faune presents the work of BERTILLE BAK and DAMIEN CADIO, two french artists working and living in Berlin. Their work is very different: BAK makes films, draws and creates installations, while CADIO is primarily a painter.
BERTILLE BAK finds her subject matter in raw reality. DAMIEN CADIO‘s canvases are taken from pre-existing images (found photographs, films, paintings). Both artists reuse these materials borrowed more or less directly from reality to build or generate fictions. They also have in common a recourse to humour that counterbalances the harshness of the world.
The exhibition traces a path between the two bodies of work, with each alternating from one rome to the next, the corridors are used as meeting points: wildlife crossings lending themselves to interchange and continuity between different milieux and different oeuvres.