The first major solo exhibition of French artist Jean-Luc Moulène, at Modern Art Oxford, promises a fascinating multi-media critique of the relationship between object and representation.
Moulène’s career, beginning in the 1990s and stretching to the present day, has been littered with an eclectic range of media and techniques. At its heart, though, it has always focussed on the relationship between image and object in the modern world.
This exhibition at Modern Art Oxford is no different. Through a series of sculptures, drawings, photographs and film, Moulène examines the history and aesthetics of contemporary objects and processes, scrutinising natural and cultural phenomena along the way.
Of particular note are his celebrated monochromes, painted with conventional BIC ballpoint inks — red, green, blue and black — to create theatrical abstract works from mundane origins. Elsewhere, his bold sculptural knots, made from glass and bronze, are vibrant yet charming in their solidity, reminding us of the fine qualities of natural materials.
Finally, in a newly commissioned film, he references The Three Graces of Greek Mythology — often depicted in Renaissance sculpture, drawing and painting — transposing the subject to reflect on an era of mechanized reproduction. Truly, this is an exhibition to make us reflect on modernity, and question its virtues.
Jean-Luc Moulène at Modern Art Oxford runs from 29th September until 25th November.