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Julie Legrand - 'SUPER POSITIONS'

Julie Legrand

Thursday 03 June → Tuesday 20 July

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday Closed
Rue Saint-Georges, 13 - 1050 Ixelles map

This project presents different researches made by the artist during her residency at Musverre of Sars-Poteries (2019 – 2020) and features works from the Assemblées series, initiated in 2010. The exhibition highlights the extent of Legrand’s investigations on possibilities offered by glass, always seeking for new dialogs it may offer. Depending on the places she is working in and their surroundings, Julie Legrand constantly creates surprising and unexpected associations, refusing to limit her practice to a unique material. Self-taught, her aspirations often lead to new technical challenges to overcome. Thus, the artist confronts herself to new knowledge, probably more attracted by the poetry of experimentation than by the perfect control of classical skills. Strange emotions emerge from these hybrid creations, which nimbly combine spontaneous energy of the movement to the delicacy of the technique. The Assemblées series is probably one of the most iconic bodies of work from Julie Legrand’s practice. Realized thanks to the combination of various glass objects found as the artist wanders around, these columns can inspire the vision of a forest of organic shapes, as well as that of colourful architectures emerging from the ground. The obsolete aspect of each piece when it is isolated finds a new harmony, and the baroque aesthetics of the works is just a pretext to instill new life into these objects carrying disparate memories. This reappropriation of common objects, most of the time left aside, could certainly be considered as a political statement. Made at the end of her residency, works from the Fusings series are a great example of the artist’s obsession to endlessly explore the possibilities of glass. Meticulously cutting it by hand, strip by strip, she creates abstract compositions that will be cooked in order to melt and merge the different layers. Taking advantage of the available equipment, the artist will even use large ceramic ovens in order to give volume to her Fusings. The artworks titles, Sortir du cadre or Recoller les morceaux, seem to refer to constraints every artist can be confronted with during a residency. Yet, as usual, the artist copes with the difficulties and translates them into feelings of softness and flexibility. In her quest for materials she could associate with glass, Julie Legrand discovered that before being renowned for its glassmaking industry, the city of Sars-Poterie used to be celebrated for its ceramics. Close to the residency, an open-air deposit still abounds with ceramic pipes which the artist perceives as archeological relics. Legrand magnifies these inert structures by blowing glass that comes out of the pipes, as a living organism would. The spectacular contrast between materials becomes an alliance between the sublime and the trivial. Aiming to create meaningful works, the artist delivers tales where emotions experienced during the process of creation persist, released through plays of transparency. Julie Legrand’s feelings find their voice in a poetry of fragility, altering thereby our perception.