"Land of the Sun"
September 9 – October 14, 2006
The Galerie Nathalie Obadia is pleased to present the recent works of Carole Benzaken in a new series entitled « Land of the Sun ».
Winner of the 2004 Marcel Duchhamp Prize, Carole Benzaken exhibited a series of work from « Search for the New Land » at the Espace 315 of the National Museum of Modern Art in December 2005.
For this new exhibition, Carole Benzaken creates a scenario composed of paintings, drawings, and video, through which she explores the meaning of exoticism.
One piece marks the start of this search : a portrait of a pineapple torn to shreds, the painting of an object found decomposing in Paris.
Another piece symbolizes a destination : the « Port of no Return », marine painting of Ouidah in Benin, a place filled with the memory of exporting African slaves.
This exhibition also marks the powerful return of drawing as an independent, separate medium entering a direct dialogue with painting. Here, it is a question of images, of meetings and crossed, even multiplied, paths. Painting becomes abstract, or rather abolishes the obsolete frontier between the abstract and the figurative. The initial image decomposes into joyous explosions of color and leaves for its destination, meeting an image from « Port of no Return » at Ouidah, land of an exotic, deceptively peaceful sea, whose beauty masks one of the most horrifying dramas of the human condition : the departure, indeed the non-return, of slaves. It is Carole Benzaken’s mission to question these images, their foundations and origins, and then go beyond these beginnings in a back-and-forth quest – a quest that can also, through the paintings of sunsets and serene appearances, bring her back to Los Angeles, her home, to the heart of the surviving, « replanted » community.
Carole Benzaken, born in 1964, Grenoble. Lives and works in Paris.
In 1994, the Cartier Foundation dedicated a personal exhibition to her. Since then, Carole Benzaken has participated in numerous exhibitions at institutions and museums, both in France and abroad (Villa Arson, Nice, 1995 ; CAPC, Bordeaux, 1999 ; Gunma Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 1998 ; Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, 1999 ; “Dear Painter, paint me”, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2002, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt and Kunsthalle, Wien, 2002 ; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing, 2003 ; Espace 315 Marcel Duchamp Prize, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2004 ; MoMA, New York, 2006 (Print Room).
Represented by the Galerie Nathalie Obadia since 1993, her work has also been shown at Anina Nosei Gallery, New York ; INMO Gallery, Los Angeles ; Anne Faggionato Gallery, London; Skarstedt Gallery, Stockholm.
In September 2007, Carole Benzaken will participate in the exhibition « Beasts and Men » at the Villette Grand Hall.
Nicolau Vergueiro, Espace II
To Burrow and Grow
The Galerie Nathalie Obadia is pleased to organize the first solo exhibition in Europe of
Born in 1977 in New York. Lives and works in Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.
2006 A Thousand Openings, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.
2004 Objeto Sim Objeto Não, Golinko Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.
2006 2006 California Biennial , Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.
Cloudbreak, Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Fast Forward: A Passion for the New,House of Campari Presents, Los Angeles.
L.A., Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York.
The February Show, 1103 La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
Follow Me: A Fantasy, Arena 1, Los Angeles.
2004 Happy Days Are Here Again, David Zwirner Gallery, New York.
Upstream: Idea Drawings, Hayworth, Los Angeles.
California Earthquakes, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York.
New Balance Frontier, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis.
Shaufenster, Oslo, Norway
Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York.
2003 Inaugural Exhibition, Golinko Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.
2002 Out of the Ground Into the Sky, Out of the Sky Into the Ground, traveling show: Pond Gallery, SF; Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles.
Staking Grounds, Lime Gallery, CalArts, Los Angeles.
Messy Fingers, Track 16, Santa Monica.
2001 Received grant for an installation at 8th Salão da Bahia, Museu de Arce Moderna da Bahia, the Museum of Modern Art of Salvador, BH., Brazil
2000 Soup, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles.
1999 Los Angeles Municipal Juried Biannual, Barnsdall Art Park
Opening Show, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles.