Views from the Studio, Erik Samakh
9 Mai 2021 - 26 Juin 2021
May 9, 2021 - June 26, 2021
Frédérick Mouraux Gallery is honored to present the artistic universe of Erik Samakh for his first solo exhibition in Brussels.
Frederick Moraux Gallery is honored to present a magnificent collection of works. This new exhibition gives us the opportunity to discover the very special universe of an internationally recognized French artist. Erik Samakh presents himself as a "hunter - gatherer" who brings back what is necessary for his tribe from his quests.
Erik Samakh’s work is born out of a constant dialogue between man and nature. Living in a wooded area in Serre, in the Hautes Alpes, for the past twenty-five years he has literally “picked up” sounds of nature: its respiration, its breath, its light touch… the acoustic dialogue of nature.
Moving stealthily, the artist quickly switches from a sensor to a sensory state.
From touch, to vision, to listening, the artist brings this generous dialogue back to his studio which will become the backbone of his works. In permanent contact with this magnificent energy released by nature, Samakh aims to meet nature’s mysteries and myths. Samakh is one with the environment which allows for his creativity to flourish. Samakh is not alone in his self-portraits, he is part of nature. In his self-portraits, he is shown wearing an African mask with a deer by his side surrounded by a dense forest. Samakh becomes one with the animal in perfect osmosis...
In this exhibition you will discover photos, videos, drawings, totems, “drops” of honey, and mini forests. When the viewer approaches the three-branched tree, it fills the room with the sounds of swarming bees recorded in the artist's forest. This sensory experience instantly transports the viewer to an immediate “elsewhere”. This constitutive set of work of Erik Samakh is becoming increasingly relevant: ecology, eco-system, animal life, the life cycle of insects, aesthetics, representing the whole universe of Erik Samakh.
If the artist's work leans on technology, it is ultimately to better express the urgency and the need for a new and less brutal relationship with the environment.
By awakening in us a sensory universe linked to the natural environment, Erik Samakh presents a remarkable work that will echo our belonging to the great mysteries of nature.
1180 Bruxelles - Belgique
Frédérick Mouraux Gallery represents international contemporary artists. The philosophy of the gallery is to be as close as possible to the artists of our time. The gallery also functions as a platform for the promotion of progressive, engaged, and innovative artists. Based on the belief that art can create more awareness and help positive change, the choice of artists goes to those with strong messages. The gallery maintains a diverse program with solo exhibitions by multiple generations of artists working in different media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation-based work.