'CITÉ PAUL LOUBET'
A solo show by Paul Loubet
25.01.18 - 10.03.18
Today images flash before our eyes constantly, both abundant in quantity and perfect in quality, as we navigate the world in the streets and on our phones. Paul Loubet demands that we stop and observe his work, his images, and his world at another rhythm.
At first glance, Loubet´s paintings appear as geometric abstractions: an aesthetic combination of simple shapes and primary colors.
As the eye moves across the surface of the canvas and the observer steps closer, what were once formal compositions become buildings, cars, cats, and characters. Within these moments of recognition, a story begins to build, and the spectator gains the freedom to weave a fantastic narrative within the composition and the exhibition as a whole.
The contemporary works no longer intimidate but instead invite the viewer into a fun and playful, creative and explorative game. Each painting becomes a world that leads to the next. Like passing through levels in a Nintendo game, the viewer-turned-player is drawn into the circuit of these uncanny cityscapes.
However, a powerful duality lies at play. What may be in appearance a child's play world is in fact a sly and profound artistic discourse raising complex questions about the social reality inherited by our generation.
In revisiting the work of Modernist urban planners in the early 20th century, such as the city Brasilia, ´Cité Paul Loubet´ reflects upon the morphology of cities, their planning, and the questions that subsequently arise. Is monumentality of scale a transcendant factor in the design of a city? How does the scale of buildings affect the behavior of city inhabitants? Do large urban spaces and sectorization lead to the dehumanization of a city?
ABOUT PAUL LOUBET
Paul Loubet is a French artist currently living in Valencia, Spain. Originally a muralist and illustrator, Loubet began his painting practice in 2012. The artist sources his work from personal experiences, at once pulling from daily life, travels, and childhood memories.
If the artist´s visual language appears naïve and childlike in the simplicity of its forms and colors, it is exactly this confusion that Loubet uses to his advantage to infuse his visions of the world with irony and humor. His catalog of references pulls generously from popular culture: video games, the 1980s, car pimping, poorly drawn tattoos, advertisements, and graffiti.
Paul Loubet´s work has been exhibited in several european countries, as well as in Buenos Aires on the occasion of the Contemporary Art Fair in 2013, at which his work was acclaimed by critics. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Sciences Po Prize for Contemporary Art in Paris, and in November received the prize Revelation Young Talent Urban Art ADAGP / Palais de Tokyo.