GORODINE Alexis, painting, engraving, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 1990

« Water, earth, fire and sky, the essence of all things form part of the universe of Alexis Gorodine at the very instant it is exposed in all its eternity. The multiplicity of eyes are like a myriad lights in the constellation with a human touch where the four elements meld together in such a way that we are perhaps, most likely transported, to the golden heart of the painting.


Before becoming a doorway to the realm of colors and movements, it is a scintillating wall, a sleepy river, a star-kissed road, almost still, a footbridge frozen in mid-flight. The city is free, and it’s getting late; The light is already dimming, its inexhaustible cloth already giving way to the night while the last remaining licks of flames still dot the air, opening a passage to the core. A breach, the vanishing point is this delicate transition that takes us beyond earth, and the sea. All those cats’ eyes staring at us seem to be the only movement in this snapshot of the city that falls asleep and seem to carry in them the canvas’ fire, behind the image.


They say alchemy seeks to capture the mysterious harmony of the gods by distilling each molecule of precious essences that make up our humanity and revealing it to ourselves. The artist, within the enigma of his secret forge, finds the gold of places that he visits or loves by reinventing them on his canvas and by triggering in the eyes of the other, an emotional reaction ».


Muriel Soulié


« I am back to landscapes, urban and rural


I work in the wind, sun, rain, in open air…


First on the bare canvas: earth, ashes; then prints, cracks, buboes, tracks, signs: it breathes again. Come the colors, the water, their chemistry and recipes, the dry pigments bound in mayonnaise. Now the elements rage. (Wind, rain, and sun play physical). It splashes, drips, oozes, drizzles, dries and cracks; the stains work.


I take place, after all; I draw, erase, scratch, blot, add, play and sign.


This was it ».


Alexis Gorodine, december 2012

Biography

Born in 1954 in Malicorne (Sarthe), France

Civil engineering studies, Paris

1969
Civil engineering diploma

1970
Town planning Fort-de-France

1972
Engraving workshop Louis Calevaert-Brun in Paris

1974-75
Studio Sauve-qui-Peut, Paris

1977-82
Travels to Europe, Africa, North and South Americas

1982-92
Brooklyn, New York

Since 1992 lives and works in Paris

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Public collections

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caracas, Venezuela

Sala Mendoza, Caracas

Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas

Banco Mercantil, Caracas

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas

Musée d'Art Moderne, Bogota, Colombia

Musée de la Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

Musée Omar Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombia

Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

Phillip Morris Collection, New York, USA

Metro North, New York, USA

Exxon Collection, USA

Mobil Collection, USA

Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

Musée d'Annecy, France, France

Artothèques de Caen, Annecy, Nantes, Montpellier, France

Irving Trust Bank, Caracas, Venezuela

Avero Achmea, Amstelveen, Netherlands

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Bibliography

JavierVidal, El Universal, Caracas, 1976

Roberto Guevara,"Naturaleza,El Nacional, Caracas,1981

Eduardo Serrano, Bernard Gheerbrandt, catalogue, galerie la Hune, 1982

Maritza Jimenez, El Universal, Caracas, 1985

Miguel Gonzalez, "La naturaleza al campo conceptual",Museo Omar Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombie, 1985

Roberto Guevara, " Dibujo en Bienal", El Nacional,Caracas, 1986

Elizabeth Lizarralde, catalogue, "Terrenos", Museo Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1986

Roberto Guevara, "The Sunken Spaces", Venezuelan Art Center, New-York

Axel Stein, catalogue, Sala Mendoza, Caracas, 1989

Malina Galac, TAGA, Caracas, Venezuela,1991

Gérard Xuriguera, Jorge Rovatti, galerie Der Brücke, Buenos-Aires, Argentine, 1992

Miguel Briante, "Obra de la duda", La Nacion, Buenos Aires, 1992

Juan Carlos Palenzuela, Georges Leprince, catalogue,Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris,1996

Christine Frérot, Johan Debruyne, catalogue, galerie BMB, Amsterdam, 1998

Charles d'Estève, galerie BMB, Amsterdam, 2000

Thorsten Obrist, catalogue, Essen, 2002

Pierre Souchaud, Artension, "Graveurs du Monde", Artémis-en-Creuse, 2002

David Gaillardon,Berry Magazine,exposition Galerie Capazza,2003

Nicole Coudert,Charles d’Estève,catalogue Galerie Capazza,2006

Pedro Douaihi Toledo,
«   por amor al arte   », revista Club,Valencia,2008

Aude Boissaye,Regard,revue «
Vernissages   »,2009

Film «
Alexis Gorodine   , un univers   »/Olga Gambis/2008

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