Yann Lacroix : Three young artists to watch

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Julie Chaizemartin, 26 February 2024

Jules Goliath

Perhaps it's a predestined name. Jules Goliath erects concrete blocks that resemble the remains of ruined architecture on a reduced scale. Images of a dystopian archaeology where Escher's labyrinths seem to be carved out of the rock, like intricate little cavities. The poetics of the ruin here embrace the evocation of imaginary landscapes in which the eye loses itself. A 2021 graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, Jules Goliath (b. 1996) showed one of his works at the Louvre's Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities in 2022. He is now exhibiting his fascinating fragments at the young Villa Gabrielle gallery-apartment, which opened last autumn next to the Square de l'Oiseau-Lunaire, the birthplace of the Surrealist movement.

Fragments contemporains Jules Goliath. Collection d'art I, group show, Galerie Villa Gabrielle, galerievillagabrielle.com


Yann Lacroix

Landscapes invaded by luxuriant vegetation reveal fragments of ancient bas-reliefs or silent balustrades. These pieces of memory disturb our vision through the play of superimpositions and blurs, accentuated by the delicacy of mordant tones that resemble overexposure effects. Yann Lacroix (born 1986) is one of the most elegant and gifted painters of his generation. His landscapes take us into a dreamy romanticism, where the decaying effect of ruins gives rise to a sensual atmosphere with the scent of travel and la dolce vita. The eye drowns in singular points of view, windows open onto architectural details or mysterious horizons, which make no secret of their love for Italian art.


Sacha Floch Poliakoff

The colourful work of young artist Sacha Floch Poliakoff (born 1996) can be admired by all, in the street, on a huge tarpaulin covering the scaffolding at 73 boulevard Haussmann. We discovered her whimsical, dreamlike world, full of rebus and popular imagery, at the Clavé Fine Art gallery last year. Here, her monumental work is inspired by 'loubki', the old Russian prints that the artist discovered as a child in the study of her grandfather, Serge Poliakoff. She is also one of six Beaux-Arts graduates chosen to create the trophy vases for the gold medallists of the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Manufacture de Sèvres.


Written by Julie Chaizemartin



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