Galerie Marie Vitoux | Regard

Galerie Marie Vitoux | Regard

Location Galerie Marie Vitoux, 3 rue d’Ormesson place Sainte-Catherine 75004 Paris

Opening hours 14:00 – 19:00 from Wednesday to Saturday from 1 June 2017 to 22 July 2017

Artists Sarah Navasse, Mireille Arbellot, Nathalie Bourdreux, Alixe Fu, Abraham Hadad, Maryl Le Berre, Alain Nahum, Jean-Charles Quillin, Marie Rauzy, Ciro Rizzo, Bea Vangertruyden, Christophe Mirallès, Serge Labegorre, Jean Rustin

It’s still because of a newsletter from Sarah Navasse. The gallery is on a little road in the Marais, and it’s easy to go be ignored. The inside is not large either, but the atmosphere is quite interesting. There’s the ground floor, then some spiral staircases that lead to the basement. The whole place looks old but neat, and loads and loads of artworks are in stock.

At the reception was a friendly old lady and a nice girl who could speak English. The entry is free, and there are some books and postcards for sale.

The title of the exhibition is ‘regard’. It’s not the English word; it’s a noun in French, and it means ‘look’. I didn’t know what to expect at first. The displayed works present different looks in the eyes of different people, or even mannequins (Alain Nahum). There are paintings, photos and sculptures; in some works, you can distinguish the eyes, in some you can’t, but you still feel the stare. It’s a bit like a nightmare in the basement where you’re surrounded by paintings of eyes fixing tensely on you, but at the same time, when you get over it, it’s fun to observe all the looks, to ‘stare back’. I don’t deny that some works are really horrifying, though. I haven’t done any research on any of the works, so I was only imagining what the artists were going through when they created those pieces. Several constantly reminded me of depression or some other psychological problems.

Still, I really like this exhibition. When I was younger, one of my best friends, Eva, once told me that when she was bored, she’d observe everyone in the street, and she would find them very funny and would laugh so hard. I mean, when we really watch carefully, we find that everyone has a certain way of looking at other people and things, and through their looks are conveyed their attitudes. Then, different people take different looks differently according to their own style, according to how they observe the looks. I think that’s the point of this exhibition.

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[WIP] REPAINT: LE RADEAU DE LA MÉDUSE

IT’S NOT ALL THAT I DID TODAY BUT THE OTHER ONES ARE WAY TOO CRAPPY SO I’M ONLY PUTTING THIS HERE. TOO MUCH ILLUSTRATION HOMEWORK, SERIOUSLY. LIKE, THIS IS JUST 1/20 OF THE FIRST PROJECT. I HAD PLANNED TO HAND IN THE PROJECT TOMORROW BUT I’VE GIVEN UP. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE, APART FROM THAT I NEED ONE MORE PHOTOCOPY OF LE BÉNÉDICITÉ TO REPAINT IT. ANYWAYS I’VE ALREADY FINISHED THE LATEST PROJECT SO NO WORRIES, I GUESS.

THIS IS THE SECOND STEP [THE FIRST STEP IS TO DRAW THE OUTLINES, OBVIOUSLY]. IT’S PAINTED WITH WATERCOLOUR ON A PHOTOCOPY OF THE ORIGINAL SKETCH SO THAT I WON’T DAMAGE THE OUTLINES. TOMORROW MORING IF I CAN FINISH THE BLACK + WHITE REPAINTING [WHICH IS ANOTHER 1/20 OF THE SAME PROJECT], I’LL BE WORKING ON THIS WITH COLOURED PENCILS.

IF I HADN’T GO TO TENUE CORRECTE EXIGÉE AT MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS I COULD HAVE PROBABLY FINISHED THE BLACK + WHITE THING, BUT THAT EXHIBITION IS AF I DON’T REGRET IT AT ALL. I’VE ACTUALLY VISITED IT BEFORE SPRING BREAK, BUT I DIDN’T HAVE THE TIME TO FINISH IT. IT’S FREE FOR PEOPLE UNDER 26 SO TECHNICALLY I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE AS MANY TIMES AS I WANT TO IF I HADN’T GOT ALL THOSE HOMEWORK.

+ IT SEEMS LIKE TOMORROW WILL BE THE LAST ILLUSTRATION CLASS + I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD BE HAPPY.

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16 APR 2017 FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

NOT REALLY IN THE MOOD TODAY SO NOT VERY PROGRESSIVE. HAPPY EASTER!

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15 APR 2017 PAINTINGS

WORKING ON THE ANALYSIS FOR ILLUSTRATION CLASS BECAUSE THE FINAL ENTRETIEN [WHICH IS GONNA DECIDE WHETHER I CAN CONTINUE IN THIS SCHOOL] IS SCHEDULED ON 21 APR AND SADLY I’M THE FIRST TO PASS IT…SO BASICALLY I HAVE LESS THAN ONE WEEK TO FINISH ALL ANALYSIS FOR 4 PAINTINGS PLUS THE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS. + I HAVEN’T YET GOT THE TIME TO ORGANISE THE PHOTOS FROM BORDEAUX SINCE I’VE JUST FINISHED THE CHECKOUT PROCESS OF MY OLD APARTMENT YESTERDAY. ANYWAYS…INK OF CHINA IS A VERY USEFUL THING.

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16 MAR 2017 ILLUSTRATION CLASS PROJECT UPDATE

THERE YOU GO…THIS IS THE THING I’M CURRENTLY WORKING ON + THE DEADLINE IS NEXT MONDAY MORNING. BASICALLY IT’S JUST CHOOSE A PAINTING FROM THE ONES WE’VE ANALYSED IN THE PREVIOUS PROJECT + CHANGE IT A BIT. THIS ONE IS LOLA DE VALENCE BUT WHERE MS LOLA IS IN THE TRAINING HALL RATHER THAN ON STAGE. I FEEL THAT IN THE ORIGINAL PAINTING SHE’S NOT TOTALLY RELAXED…I DON’T KNOW HOW IT WAS LIKE WHEN MANET PAINTED HER, BUT THAT’S WHAT I THINK WHEN I LOOK AT IT. SO I’M JUST PUTTING HER IN A MORE RELAXING OCCASION.

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14 MAR 2017 SKETCHES

SO…YEAH I FINALLY FINISHED THIS CRAPPY SKETCH OF LA GUERRE. WON’T BE SURPRISED IF I HAVE NIGHTMARES TONIGHT. THIS PAINTING JUST MAKES ME FEEL SO SO UNCOMFORTABLE. SO RIGHT AFTERWARDS I DREW THREE OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES! YEAH…IT’S PROBABLY KIND OF CREEPY THAT I LOVE LA JEUNE FILLE ET LA MORT SO MUCH. I MEAN IT’S MOSTLY BECAUSE I PRETTY MUCH LIKE MARIANNE’S VERSION OF THE DEATH…FINE.

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12 MAR 2017 SKETCHES

REAL QUICK SKECTHES YESTERDAY BECAUSE I FORGOT THAT WE WERE TO HAND IN 10 SKETCHES FROM ORSAY THIS MORNING…BUT WELL, I STILL DIDN’T FINISH THEM. ANYWAY, THESE AREN’T OF VERY GOOD QUALITY I KNOW THAT…I’M DOING SOME MORE TODAY, NOT ALL FROM ORSAY. BECAUSE TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY!!

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