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Contemporary Gallery Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
12 MAY 2022
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David Douard O’Ti’Lulabies

Galeria Contemporânea do Museu

David Douard (n. 1983, Perpignan, França) é sem dúvida uma das mais intrigantes revelações artísticas dos últimos anos. Conhecido pelas suas assemblages escultóricas e instalações em diversos meios, Douard explora um vasto leque de referências no seu trabalho – da poesia à história da ciência, da tecnologia ao animismo e cultura low-tech à cultura mainstream — para criar narrativas alegóricas cujas manifestações ocorrem entre mundos que normalmente consideramos mutuamente herméticos.

O'Ti'Lulabies, a primeira exposição individual do artista em Portugal, reúne e apresenta o vocabulário completo de David Douard. Aludindo a um tipo de melodia para crianças insones, simultaneamente esconde e revela, uma narrativa contagiosa, cujas características orgânicas e anárquicas foram meticulosamente compostas pelo artista. A sua linguagem contamina e corrompe superfícies semelhantes a uma peculiar espécie de tela: grades de metal, persianas verticais, janelas e divisórias constituem um convite à expressão. Com estes componentes, Douard joga com a sobreposição e transparência num leque de gradaações e camadas, dando uma materialidade fluida a conteúdos virtuais para revelar e expor uma essência que de outro modo permaneceria oculta.

Nesta fantasmagoria construída, em que os espectadores se veem submersos, Douard centra-se no potencial expressivo e metafórico das formas que hibridiza e coloca em movimento, construindo uma constelação reveladora e representativa de signos em que o protesto, a poesia e a discórdia formam o pano de fundo do seu trabalho.

David Douard: O’Ti’Lulabies foi produzida pela Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, em colaboração com o artista, a Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris e Rodeo Londres/ Pireus.

A exposição tem curadoria de Philippe Vergne e Filipa Loureiro.

A exposição integra o programa Projetos Contemporâneos, um eixo de programação do Museu de Serralves que combina uma variedade de meios e diversidade de formas de apresentação, desde exposições de uma única obra no Museu a projetos com vários momentos apresentados em diferentes períodos de tempo. É concebido como uma plataforma dinâmica e reativa para a apresentação da obra de alguns dos mais relevantes artistas contemporâneos ativos hoje em Portugal e no resto do mundo.


EXHIBITION GUIDE


David Douard O’Ti’Lulabies

Contemporary Gallery Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto


David Douard (b. 1983,Perpignan, France) is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing artistic revelations of recent years. Known for his sculptural assemblages and mixed-media installations, his work explores a broad range of references —poetry, the history of science, technology, animism, low-tech and main stream culture — nurturing allegorical narratives based on contagious relationships<br>between worlds we’d normally expect to be mutually hermetic.


O'Ti'Lulabies, the artist's first solo exhibition in Portugal, brings together and displays David Douard’s complete vocabulary. Alluding to a kind of melody for sleepless children, O'Ti'Lulabies, both shelters and reveals – it chants, in rhythm, a contagious narrative, the organic and anarchic characteristics of which are meticulously composed by the artist. Its language contaminates and corrupts surfaces akin to a peculiar sort of canvas: metal grids, vertical blinds, bay windows and partitions are all an invitation for expression. With these components, Douard plays with superposition and transparency in an array of gradations and layers, giving a fluid materiality to virtual contents, revealing and exposing a substance otherwise concealed.


In this constructed phantasmagoria submerging the visitor, Douard focuses on the expressive and metaphorical potential of the forms he hybridizes and sets into motion, building a revealing and representative constellation of signs where protest, poetry and discord compose the background of his work.


David Douard: O’Ti’Lulabies was produced by the Serralves Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto in collaboration with the artist and the Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and Rodeo London / Piraeus.


The exhibition is curated by Philippe Vergne and Filipa Loureiro.


The exhibition is part of the Contemporary Projects’ program, an axis in the programming of the Museum combining a wide range of media and diversity of presentation forms, from exhibitions featuring a single work at the Museum to projects unfolding over several moments and across different periods of time. This will be a dynamic, reactive platform for the exhibiting of works by some of the most relevant contemporary artists active today around the world and in Portugal.

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EXHIBITION GUIDE


David Douard O’Ti’Lulabies

Contemporary Gallery Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto


David Douard (b. 1983,Perpignan, France) is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing artistic revelations of recent years. Known for his sculptural assemblages and mixed-media installations, his work explores a broad range of references —poetry, the history of science, technology, animism, low-tech and main stream culture — nurturing allegorical narratives based on contagious relationships<br>between worlds we’d normally expect to be mutually hermetic.


O'Ti'Lulabies, the artist's first solo exhibition in Portugal, brings together and displays David Douard’s complete vocabulary. Alluding to a kind of melody for sleepless children, O'Ti'Lulabies, both shelters and reveals – it chants, in rhythm, a contagious narrative, the organic and anarchic characteristics of which are meticulously composed by the artist. Its language contaminates and corrupts surfaces akin to a peculiar sort of canvas: metal grids, vertical blinds, bay windows and partitions are all an invitation for expression. With these components, Douard plays with superposition and transparency in an array of gradations and layers, giving a fluid materiality to virtual contents, revealing and exposing a substance otherwise concealed.


In this constructed phantasmagoria submerging the visitor, Douard focuses on the expressive and metaphorical potential of the forms he hybridizes and sets into motion, building a revealing and representative constellation of signs where protest, poetry and discord compose the background of his work.


David Douard: O’Ti’Lulabies was produced by the Serralves Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto in collaboration with the artist and the Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and Rodeo London / Piraeus.


The exhibition is curated by Philippe Vergne and Filipa Loureiro.


The exhibition is part of the Contemporary Projects’ program, an axis in the programming of the Museum combining a wide range of media and diversity of presentation forms, from exhibitions featuring a single work at the Museum to projects unfolding over several moments and across different periods of time. This will be a dynamic, reactive platform for the exhibiting of works by some of the most relevant contemporary artists active today around the world and in Portugal.