Open Space #7 Jean Claracq

Exhibition From 23.09.2020 to 03.01.2021

Propaganda, L'ouïe, 12,1x6 cm, huile sur bois, 2020 © Jean Claracq


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Open Space is a programme dedicated to the most contemporary expressions of creativity, which invites national and international artists to create specific projects. Open Space takes place regularly in different settings around Frank Gehry’s building.

Since childhood, Jean Claracq has been fascinated with the history of art, drawing inspiration from mediaeval illumination to photography via Renaissance painting.

Favouring miniature formats, his paintings are based on digital collages derived from various sources. Despite their small sizes, his compositions teem with detail and offer multiple stories that bring together different temporalities and places.

Using highly contemporary iconography, Claracq works in a particular tradition of the genre scene. He depicts young male figures absorbed in virtual worlds, isolated in interior and exterior environments, offering different perspectives on the suburbs and their buildings as well as urban and natural landscapes.

For his first solo exhibition, Claracq has created Propaganda, five new works set into an architectural model system that invites the viewer to move around the paintings.

The artist

Jean Claracq

Jean Claracq lives and works in Paris. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts Paris in 2017, he received in 2018 the second price Antoine Marin and the Painting Price Roger Bataille. His recent collective exhibitions include : « Umbilicus », Sultana, Paris (2019), "Les fleurs de l’été sont les rêves de l’hiver racontés le matin à la table des anges", Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2019), « Mais pas du tout, c’est platement figuratif ! Toi tu es spirituelle mon amour! », Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR (2019) and Artagon IV, Heading East, Magasins Généraux, Paris, FR (2018).

Jean Claracq © Melissa Boucher, 2019


The curators

Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler