Following on his well received, non-conventional solo presentation in Venice last year, Pejac has decided to put up a small intimate showing in Paris this June. Determined to exhibit his works in surprising and authentic spaces, ‘Waterline’ will be on view inside an old ‘péniche’ boat moored right next to Notre-Dame. Bringing his poignant imagery to another location which can hardly be described as an art venue, the artist will create an enticing ambient that will provide an unprecedented look inside his work process.
Custom built to fit the Belgian and French canal locks, ‘péniche’ steel freight carriers played an important role in building the country and creating the lifestyle France is known for today. With the last of them built in mid 70s, most of these vessels have been repurposed nowadays, but never to this extent. Challenging the traditional exhibition space and concept, ‘Waterline’ will be showcasing carefully selected body of work just above water level, with evident focus being put on the line based works on paper. Matching the artist’s sentiment that is evoking times of hands-on approach to human activity and slower ‘progression’, this inland waterway barge provides an excellent backdrop for a series of studies and drawings. Using the compact interior of the craft to his advantage, Pejac decided to put the focus on smaller scale studio drawings and sketches as the crucial element of his work practice. With most of them being starting point for large paintings, murals, and interventions, the exhibition will be an exceptional opportunity to get a close and unmediated look at artist’s poetic vision of the world. The showcase will include around 30 original works of paper, created in the past year or so, as he is preparing for his big US debut in NYC next year. Unlike Venice show that was a non-commercial, the works at the upcoming Paris exhibition will be available for purchase.
Péniche Daphné. Pont au Double, next to Notre-Dame.
Face nº11 quai Montebello, 75005 Paris
Wednesday 20th – 7 to 11 pm (Vernissage, RSVN only)
Thursday 21th – 10 am to 10 pm
Friday 22nd – 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday 23th – 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday 24th – 10 am to 2 pm