Sara Bichão | Manon Harrois

curated by Boshko Boskovic

May 15, 2014 - July 4, 2014


Using very different strategies Sara Bichão and Manon Harrois engage in the tropes of abstraction and the recurring impulse towards the medium of drawing. Manifesting various gestures and silhouettes, Bichao and Harrois feature works that investigate reductive forms and color schemes as well as minimal geometries. The collection of their oeuvre is organized on the basis of visual and conceptual affinities at times resulting in improbable compositions. Their approaches are varied, ranging from re-imagination of the history of abstraction to explorations of organic forms.

Chance, spontaneity and experimentation are qualifiers of Sara Bichão’s work including her newest site-specific installation that draws upon the idea of break and continuity. Her works on paper, often miniature in scale are full of vibrant color containing a myriad of signs, organic figures or circular arcs of geometry. Her patterns pulse with energy by means of graphite, pencil and acrylic paints. Bichão engages with the overlapping histories of modernist design and abstraction to unsettle notions of meaning and authorship.

Manon Harrois subtle gestures explore the limits of material, support, surface and structure. Her most recent work include tracings forms on carbon paper and transferring directly onto the wall, suggesting open ended and performative actions. Inspired by the Tuareg jewelry and weaving techniques Harrois creates a visual language that produces signature blue ink drawings. Her practice is charged with mutability constructing a range of forms and concepts, which fuse into an imaginative universe. Harrois’s opus ranges from sketchbook diaries that explore the artist’s everyday experiences to hybrid sculptural objects and performance.

Each artist’s oeuvre embodies a sense of distinction, articulating patterns that fold into one another yet always embrace the formal language of drawing. Emphasizing the art of delineation, the works of Bichão and Harrois outline an evolution of ideas and compositions providing a unique insight into each artist’s singular yet complementary aesthetic.