Gwenaël Kerlidou challenges the conventions of painting by exploring the nature, culture and history of abstraction as a visual language. In his Opus Incertum series, he breaks away from the rectangular canvas by creating paintings with multiple shaped stretchers. He further expands beyond the edge of his canvases by spray painting the wall around the canvases, thus incorporating it into the work as a binding agent between its separate parts. For Kerlidou, abstraction has become the way in which diverse narratives can be projected without pre-established boundaries. In his work, the artist examines various categories of abstract painting in relation to their enduring power as a means of challenging our shifting values within a technology-dominated environment.
Born in Lille, France, Gwenaël Kerlidou lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has been featured in solo and group shows at galleries and art institutes in New York, Paris and Berlin, including at The Brooklyn Museum (New York), Musée des Beaux Arts (Lille, France), and the Biennale de
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Galerie Khokho René Corail, Fort de France, Martinique, French West Indies.
Z Gallery, NY
Bubbles and Holes, public commission, Valenton, Seine et Marne, France
The Enigmatic object: code breakers, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn.
Galerie am Holtzendorfplatz, Berlin.
Broome Street Workshop, New York.
Galerie Briand-Picard, Paris.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Turbulence, The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY
Juxtapositions, The Painting Center, New York
Sans Titre, Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels, Belgium
Risky Business, Paris Concret, Paris, France
Go Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Project Diversity, curated by Danny Simons, Brooklyn, NY.
Clear intentions, curated by Robert Morgan, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Ready-Made Color, Galerie Corinne Caminade, Paris, France
Prescient, then and now: the resonance of support- surface”, curated by Saul Ostrow, Dorski Gallery,Queens, N.Y.
Recent Works, 142 Water St., Brooklyn, NY
- A process to painting, curated by saul Ostrow, Bennington University, Vermont.
- Z gallery, NY.
Pier Show III, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.
- Friends, 55 Mercer Gallery, NY.
Une semaine d’art public à Valenton, Seine et Marne, France.
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Cholet
Mairie de Valenton, Seine et Marne.
Minotaur, 2018, acrylic on tinted canvas and spray paint on wall, 64 x 47 inches
The Birds, 2017, acrylic on tinted canvas and spray paint on wall, 64 x 50 inches