Press Release | July 2019
From 12 July, Foam 3h presents the work of Kévin Bray (France, 1989). There is likely no other artist who mixes and matches more than Kévin Bray. He graduated as a graphic designer and moves across the boundaries of various disciplines with ease. His work is a hybrid of techniques, motifs and formal languages in which he brings together painting, graphic design, sculpture, video, 3D photography and sound design.
By investigating the particularities of a medium, and then stretching the visual codes, creative possibilities open up and give space to the unpredictable and otherworldly forms that are so characteristic of Bray. His work contains many art historical references but is equally apocalyptic, as if it were a backdrop for a science ﬁction story.
For those that pay close attention to details, Kévin Bray's creative process is evident within his work. He intentionally exposes the diﬀerent layers of his images and clearly displays the diﬀerent mediums he uses. He incorporates brush strokes in the digital image and lets the structure of an empty canvas shine through. As he puts it, ‘The transformation of production processes and the alteration of their narratives forces us to question our relationship with materiality and with reality’.
In Morpher - Stories of Being Consumed, one of the works in the exhibition, each image and scene gradually transforms into another. That is precisely the meaning of the verb to morph. This also applies to the way in which Bray presents his work. Figures that played a role in earlier presentations return later in other forms. Elements from his videos become physical objects. As the god Morpheus (the designer) can take the form of every person in Greek mythology, the Morpher III exhibition takes everything into a new form.
Kévin Bray graduated at the graphic design department at L'Ésaab (Nevers, France) and completed the postgraduate course at the Sandberg Institute, Design Department in Amsterdam. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited at Showroom Mama, Rotterdam; Unfair, Amsterdam; K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; De Appel, Amsterdam; OT301, Amsterdam and De School, Amsterdam.
This exhibition is made possible with support of the Van Bijlevelt Foundation.
Foam 3h: Kévin Bray - Morpher III is on show from 12 July until 4 September 2019.
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