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Exhibition

SEBASTIEN BONIN - DOCUMENTI

Thursday
20
Feb 2020
Sunday
19
Apr 2020
  • Museum

THIS EXHIBITION IS SUSPENDED UNTIL 3 APRIL 2020 INCLUDED

Two years of Sébastien Bonin’s work will be on display at the "DOCUMENTI" exhibition. Painted artwork and photograms will share their stories on the walls, as connoisseurs of the History of Painting revel in the experience of seeing each of his pieces portray small aspects of world art history and the legacy of the great Masters.

When

20 February 2020 to 19 April 2020

Where

  • Museum
Copyright Sébastien Bonin | Courtesy Michel Rein
[Sébastien Bonin’s artwork] pays an homage to the world of painting, to which he hopes to make a contribution of his own, never forgetting the rich heritage which came before him: the springboard which allows him to bound toward new possibilities.
Claude Lorent, La Libre Belgique, Arts Libre, 16th January 2019

Born in 1977 in Brussels, where he lives and works, Sébastien Bonin graduated from La Cambre art school. His work has previously been displayed at the CLEARING gallery (2013), Island (2012-2014-2019), BOZAR in The Belgian Six exhibition (2014), Wiels in UN-SCENE III (2015), the Museum of Ixelles (2017) and the Michel Rein gallery in Brussels in 2019.

He works as an artist, photographer and painter.

One of the general characteristics of his work can be found in the creative process. Rather than simply snapping shots, Bonin is a craftsman, manually constructing his pictures. By reclaiming, deconstructing and rearranging iconic images, Sébastien Bonin tampers with Art History; he is inspired by it, questions it and is unpretentious in his quest to further it.

In 2012, he experimented with photogram techniques to produce non-figurative images; these techniques are considered to be the predecessor of photography. By playing with filters that are usually reserved for cinema or theatre, the artist creates configurations using bold colours. The possibilities are endless and unique, thus allowing Bonin to bridge the gap between the work of a photographer and that of a painter. He literally paints with light. Pictorial frames of reference are important to Sébastien Bonin who enjoys seeking inspiration from Colour Field Painting. He frees colours from their figurative function so that they can become the star of the photograph. Some of his photograms bring to mind the vibrant, colourful fields of Mark Rothko’s work.

The year 2015 marked a shift in Sébastien Bonin’s pieces: a new direction in which he turned to painting. This transition was magnificently displayed in the “Nychtéméral” exhibition at the Michel Rein gallery in January 2019.

Looking at Sébastien Bonin’s paintings, we are hit by a feeling of familiarity with the depicted image. Small oil landscapes and features of Still Lifes break up the canvasses. Reminiscent of veduta from the Renaissance period, as a whole these pieces invite you to explore another world, an idea, an enigma – you can feel your thoughts run away with you.

BONIN_Reclining Head of Julia, 2018. Copyright Sébastien Bonin. Courtesy Michel Rein
BONIN_Reclining Head of Julia, 2018. Copyright Sébastien Bonin. Courtesy Michel Rein

Bonin’s pictorial sources come mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. He dissects works of art, seeking to extract only the details and removing any content of a human form. Using expressive brush strokes of staunch assurance, the artist recreates the subjects on a small or large scale in some pieces. He blurs the lines in his approach to his artwork, “borrowing” and interchanging the titles he attributes to his pieces. In addition, the small landscapes or Still Lifes break from the norm and set the tone for large canvasses painted with Gesso. Some pieces mimic the format of an exhibition poster or even the cover of a well-known art book. Bonin’s game of “titles” reminds us of the surrealist humour of a Magritte, where words play on the image, tackling the content itself.

“Sébastien Bonin’s artwork is not about a senseless quest for something new, just to find novelty. Instead, his work pays an homage to the world of painting, to which he hopes to make a contribution of his own, never forgetting the rich heritage which came before him: the springboard which allows him to bound toward new possibilities.” (Claude Lorent, La Libre Belgique, Arts Libre, 16th January 2019).

It is clear, having looked at his sources of inspiration, that the artist also builds on his own beliefs and history. His encounter with painting, his opinions and visions of art, have set the groundwork for his own enigmatic language.

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Sébastien Bonin LPA

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