There were many good (and many baaad) drawings last weekend @ the Parisian Drawing Now fair, many welcoming and many “stupid” art gallery owners, a few art magazines advertising their wonderful publications… and quite a lot of people. We’ll be focusing on some of those new (and not so new) artists in the coming days, starting with one of the best drawings in the exhibition: Jean Bedez’s “Cavaliers de l’Apocalypse”.
Hard to miss one of the biggest pieces in the whole fair, and also one of the most politically-engaged. This first piece of four taken from his “Horsemen of the Apocalypse” series and which has been exhibited last year all around Paris is Jean’s own interpretation of the passage from the Bible’s Book of Revelation: the end of the world as seen through our contemporary society.
The scene takes place in one of the conference rooms during the 33rd G8 meeting organised in Heiligendamm (Germany) 5 years ago.
A lot has rained since right? Europe is about to collapse and our leaders keep printing notes like there was no tomorrow.
While Jean Bedez’s (represented by the Parisian Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery btw) artistic expressions tend to materialize on paintings he’s experimented and tried a varied number of practices from sculpture to aural and visual pieces. He seems pretty interested in the petty games dominant cultures play to stay dominant, power relationships, political history… and our roles as citizens in this complex puzzle.