Élodie Lesourd

09.21.18 - 10.21.18
Personal Exhibition — Lieu-Commun

© Lesourd Elodie, 振りきれた風, 2017, acrylic on MDF, 85,6×128 cm, Courtesy AkillsB.

Installation – production
Associated curator : Manuel Pomar

For her exhibition at Lieu-Commun, Élodie Lesourd has proposed a set of paintings and installations that reveal, through a work of pairings and collisions of high and low cultures, the relationship between Sol Lewitt and rock music, or Jean-Paul Sartre and Black Metal.

Built upon several layers of meaning, the exhibition first captivates the gaze with a hypnotic mural that saturates sight and space. The viewer then becomes a visitor and discovers throughout his stroll a number of installations, including three staged hyperrockalist paintings. Exemplary of the artist’s pictorial practice they mix solid colour and extremely minute details, taken from other artists' installation views; sealed inside steel structures their apprehension is distanced as much as it is personalised. If painting, oscillating between representation and abstraction, is the vibrant and troubling face of the exhibition, the installation work shows in turn a colder, more reflexive approach to the problems raised by the ways an artistic act is received. Structured around Sartre's play No Exit, EremitA then appears as much a semiotic reflection on the representations of Hell, as an ontological reflection on the experience of interpretation, of distantiation and of isolation specific to Art – and therefore specific, in a larger sense, to our relationships with these “others”.

After having graduated from the national Beaux-Arts school in Lyon in 2004, Élodie Lesourd completed a post-diploma degree at the regional Beaux-Arts school in Nantes in 2005. Her work has been notably shown in France: at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in 2005, at the MAC/VAL in 2007 and 2014, at the Palais de Tokyo in 2014, at the Parvis in Tarbes in 2016; abroad, at the CAN in Neuchâtel in 2008, at the CER Modern in Ankara in 2011 and the Casino-Luxembourg in 2015 for a solo exhibition. Her work is part of public collections such as the FNAC, the MAC/ VAL, and the FRAC Ile-de- France and Poitou-Charentes.

Born in 1978 at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, she lives and works in Paris.


Exhibition realised in partnership with Lieu-Commun.