Le domaine enchanté at Acappella

Alex Chavez Painter 2016, ink, paint, colored pencil and marker on paper 113.67x85.09 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph

Artists: Sebastian Burger, Alex Chaves, Leon Eisermann, Sayre Gomez, Morgan Mandalay, Orion Martin, Alexandra Noel, Zoé de Soumagnat

Exhibition title: Le domaine enchanté

Curated by: Domenico de Chirico

Venue: Acappella, Naples, Italy

Date: July 14 – October 10, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Acappella, Naples

Galleria Acappella is pleased to announce a group exhibition titled ‘Le domaine enchanté’ curated by Domenico de Chirico featuring works by Sebastian Burger, Alex Chaves, Leon Eisermann, Sayre Gomez, Morgan Mandalay, Orion Martin, Alexandra Noel, Zoé de Soumagnat.

Le saboteur tranquille (1898 – 1967) arguably the most influential figure in Belgian Surrealism, has succeeded in painting pictures— often imbued with dark humour—that channel those obsessions and feelings of eeriness and displacement that arise when seeking an answer to the mystery of life and when trying to work out the processes of thought and human perceptions.

René Magritte has elected painting as his preferred means of investigation. He goes about it by raising doubts on reality itself and addressing totality as a mystery, never seeking to define it. Nor does he ever reach other dimensions, since his idea of absurdity does not inhabit the realms of the unknown or the utopic, but it is found instead in day-to-day reality.

For this reason, his image —obsessively recurrent and ambiguously ironic— is primarily a reproduction of what occurs in reality but on top of that, it is also an illusionary joke, articulated through a visual language characterized by utter simplicity of enunciation and stylistic immediacy.

Enigma, nonsense, irrationality and displacement in the realm of the symbols, images and patterns that inhabit the subconscious are the conceits surrealism has wilfully conveyed.

This whole exhibition is freely inspired, both in a surrealistic and in a metaphorical way, by René Magritte’s mural painting ‘Le domaine enchanté‘ (1953 circa, Knokke-le-Zoute, Casino, Belgium): among the most emblematic pieces in his oeuvre, a large scale and paramount summary of his main iconographical leitmotif.

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Alex Chavez Painter 2016, ink, paint, colored pencil and marker on paper 113.67x85.09 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph

Alex Chavez, Painter, 2016
Ink, paint, colored pencil and marker on paper 113.67×85.09 cm

Alex Chavez Painter 2016, ink, paint, colored pencil and marker on paper 113.67x85.09 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.. jpg

Alex Chavez, Painter, 2016
Ink, paint, colored pencil and marker on paper 113.67×85.09 cm

Alexandra Noel These are mine too, 2015 oil and enamel on panel 12.7 x 7.6 x 2.3 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

Alexandra Noel, These are mine too, 2015
Oil and enamel on panel 12.7 x 7.6 x 2.3 cm

Sebastian Burger Isy, 2016 oil on paper 45 x 35 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

Sebastian Burger, Isy, 2016
Oil on paper 45 x 35 cm

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Sebastian Burger, Isy, 2016
Oil on paper 45 x 35 cm

Morgan Mandalay Mixed reviews, 2016 oil, acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas 163 x 152 cm courtesy Acappella anc D. Donzelli ph.

Morgan Mandalay, Mixed reviews, 2016
Oil, acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas 163 x 152 cm

Orion Martin Tloo II, 2016 paper, uv print, acrylic, ink, grommet, 66,5 x 85 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

Orion Martin, Tloo II, 2016
Paper, uv print, acrylic, ink, grommet, 66,5 x 85 cm

Sayre Gomez Thief Painting in Black and White and Red Oxide, 2015 acrylic on canvas 213 x 185 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

Sayre Gomez, Thief Painting in Black and White and Red Oxide, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 213 x 185 cm

Leon Eisermann, Keyhole 1.0, 2016 oil on canvas 150 x 100 cm (3)

Leon Eisermann, Keyhole 1.0, 2016
Oil on canvas 150 x 100 cm

Leon Eisermann, Keyhole 1.0, 2016 oil on canvas 150 x 100 cm courtesy Acappella and D. Donzelli ph.

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