Xavier Noel’s work revolves around three axes of inspiration: The notion of contemporary archaic, Pop Culture and the ornamentation of the 18th century. This hybridization takes the form of masks and fetishes, mixtures of poor and precious materials, inspired both by Ngere masks (Côte and Ivory Coast), Yaka (Democratic Republic of Congo), masks from the No (Japan), Hopi figures (North America), Japanese Manga, Advertising and American cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s among others.

Noel’s training of gilder on wood allowed him to master techniques of Traditional gilding and ornamentation. He creates figure-sculptures, kinds of illuminations in 3D composed of disparate elements: balls of wool and feathers, pearls and ribbons, logos of sportswear brands and comforters... the whole agglomerated on golden wood in the most pure tradition.  

This art of the "exquisite corpse" is not new but it puts us in the presence of the signs of this aesthetic re-enchantment, of this "new mannerism", of that Dionysian maximalism which irrigate a part of the current creation.

This art, which obeys only its own rules, tries especially to extract itself in priority of "Good taste” and here everything is disharmony and saturation, provocation and jubilation. The magic is not far away and one can see there shamanic figures of which the paradoxical object, between iconoclastic step and proposal of new idols, would be to re-enchant as well as to expiate the sins of the contemporary consumption and this overabundance of images and objects.

Xavier Noël’s show at PLEASE DO NOT ENTER, "The Golden Superheroes", will be his first exhibition in America, the native land of Superheroes. Bringing to life his pop and comics inspirations, Noël brings a thrilling tribute to American Culture adding his irreverent yet positive aesthetic. Noël’s Superheroes are 24k gold fetishes who draw their superpowers from a fantastic world of jubilation.

The show is in partnership with the Iconic Millennium Biltmore hotel that will host Xavier Noel and display 4 of the exhibition masks in their Rendezvous Court from September 1st until October 1st. On September 7th there will be a special afternoon tea soiree with Artist, Xavier Noël with a discussion and special cake collaboration by Chef Daniel. 

September 6 (6pm-9pm) : Opening in presence of the artist at the Please Do Not Enter gallery. 

Please Do Not Enter 549 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Xavier Noël at Please Do Not Enter

When
September 6 - October 7, 2017
Where
Please Do Not Enter
549 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Image from the Please Do Not Enter's Press Release, featuring Xavier Noël's work

Xavier Noel’s work revolves around three axes of inspiration: The notion of contemporary archaic, Pop Culture and the ornamentation of the 18th century. This hybridization takes the form of masks and fetishes, mixtures of poor and precious materials, inspired both by Ngere masks (Côte and Ivory Coast), Yaka (Democratic Republic of Congo), masks from the No (Japan), Hopi figures (North America), Japanese Manga, Advertising and American cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s among others.

Noel’s training of gilder on wood allowed him to master techniques of Traditional gilding and ornamentation. He creates figure-sculptures, kinds of illuminations in 3D composed of disparate elements: balls of wool and feathers, pearls and ribbons, logos of sportswear brands and comforters... the whole agglomerated on golden wood in the most pure tradition.  

This art of the "exquisite corpse" is not new but it puts us in the presence of the signs of this aesthetic re-enchantment, of this "new mannerism", of that Dionysian maximalism which irrigate a part of the current creation.

This art, which obeys only its own rules, tries especially to extract itself in priority of "Good taste” and here everything is disharmony and saturation, provocation and jubilation. The magic is not far away and one can see there shamanic figures of which the paradoxical object, between iconoclastic step and proposal of new idols, would be to re-enchant as well as to expiate the sins of the contemporary consumption and this overabundance of images and objects.

Xavier Noël’s show at PLEASE DO NOT ENTER, "The Golden Superheroes", will be his first exhibition in America, the native land of Superheroes. Bringing to life his pop and comics inspirations, Noël brings a thrilling tribute to American Culture adding his irreverent yet positive aesthetic. Noël’s Superheroes are 24k gold fetishes who draw their superpowers from a fantastic world of jubilation.

The show is in partnership with the Iconic Millennium Biltmore hotel that will host Xavier Noel and display 4 of the exhibition masks in their Rendezvous Court from September 1st until October 1st. On September 7th there will be a special afternoon tea soiree with Artist, Xavier Noël with a discussion and special cake collaboration by Chef Daniel. 

September 6 (6pm-9pm) : Opening in presence of the artist at the Please Do Not Enter gallery. 

 

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