In his first New York solo exhibition Birds of a feather fly together, opening June 7, 2017, at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, young French artist Mehryl Levisse presents an eccentric world blending childhood memories, like the drama he learned from his Italian aunts who were mourners and paid to cry at funerals, with art history, BDSM references, and the aesthetics of Champagne-Ardennes, the rural backwoods where he spent his formative years. This history-laden region of France has become neglected as its population dwindles.

“There, decrepit mansions are full of dusty decorations, yellowish wallpapers and charged ornaments. I love these caulk atmospheres: they are eerie and reassuring at the same time...” says Levisse, whose work was exhibited at Centre Pompidou and Musée de la Chasse in Paris in the past year.
In New York, Levisse has turned the gallery into an immersive environment with every surface covered in his kaleidoscopic wallpaper. Four photographs, six masks and two performers grace the space, inviting us into their shadowy realm.

Mehryl Levisse was born in Charleville-Mézières, France and lives and works between Paris, Casablanca, and Raillicourt (Champagne-Ardenne). Working in photography, installation, and performance, his multimedia practice explores cultural boundaries, social issues and the archetypal representation of the body. His background in dance (jazz, ballet, and contemporary), along with an MFA in Contemporary Art and New Media from Université Paris 8, has allowed for Levisse’ work to become transversal, collaborating with philosophers, linguists, and scholars, as well as choreographers, dancers, and puppeteers. In 2011 he founded BALAK: an annual pop-up contemporary art space whose goal is to remedy the lack of a contemporary art program in Charleville-Mézières.


DATES: June 7 - July 9, 2017
LOCATION: Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
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Catinca Tabacaru Gallery 250 Broome St New York, NY 10002

Mehryl Levisse at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery

When
June 7 - July 9, 2017
Where
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
250 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

In his first New York solo exhibition Birds of a feather fly together, opening June 7, 2017, at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, young French artist Mehryl Levisse presents an eccentric world blending childhood memories, like the drama he learned from his Italian aunts who were mourners and paid to cry at funerals, with art history, BDSM references, and the aesthetics of Champagne-Ardennes, the rural backwoods where he spent his formative years. This history-laden region of France has become neglected as its population dwindles.

“There, decrepit mansions are full of dusty decorations, yellowish wallpapers and charged ornaments. I love these caulk atmospheres: they are eerie and reassuring at the same time...” says Levisse, whose work was exhibited at Centre Pompidou and Musée de la Chasse in Paris in the past year.
In New York, Levisse has turned the gallery into an immersive environment with every surface covered in his kaleidoscopic wallpaper. Four photographs, six masks and two performers grace the space, inviting us into their shadowy realm.

Mehryl Levisse was born in Charleville-Mézières, France and lives and works between Paris, Casablanca, and Raillicourt (Champagne-Ardenne). Working in photography, installation, and performance, his multimedia practice explores cultural boundaries, social issues and the archetypal representation of the body. His background in dance (jazz, ballet, and contemporary), along with an MFA in Contemporary Art and New Media from Université Paris 8, has allowed for Levisse’ work to become transversal, collaborating with philosophers, linguists, and scholars, as well as choreographers, dancers, and puppeteers. In 2011 he founded BALAK: an annual pop-up contemporary art space whose goal is to remedy the lack of a contemporary art program in Charleville-Mézières.


DATES: June 7 - July 9, 2017
LOCATION: Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
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