jean-luc moulene, new works at thomas dane

29 November 2012 § Leave a comment

Following on from his well-received solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford – his first UK museum exhibition – Jean-Luc Moulene has taken over both of Thomas Dane‘s Mayfair galleries.

This is an artist who has made his career from being deliberately – or wilfully one might say – different. Each work, and body of work, is characterised by the absence of a unifying aesthetic. Her we variously have blown glass, photography, steel sculpture, mirrors, fabric and biro ink on canvas.

Strangely it works a lot better here than at MAO where he struggled to fill the open space. Its still hit and miss – bits of coloured fabric draped around corners adjacent to mirrors to ‘reconfigure the space’ look plain silly, but the knot theme taken through the glass Blown Knots, the steel and bronze Knot2 and the photographic knots of Figure (tree) works well.

An interesting show but I could have done without a condescending gallery manager telling us, whilst quoting prices in the mid tens of thousands, that they were keeping prices low ‘just to get it out there’. Yeah right!

At Thomas Dane until 26 January 2012

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