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Valérie Snobeck — 2019


Valérie Snobeck
Opening on August 29, 2019

Exhibition from September to December 2019

For her exhibition at Le Box, Marseille, Valerie Snobeck presents a series of works conceived during her residency at Atelier Calder, Sache (2018) and shown at Consortium museum, Dijon (2018), a film produced on residency at Lafayette Anticipations –Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette (2014) as well as new productions (2019.)

Snobeck’s exhibition reflects on her preoccupations with environmental concerns and concentrates on the especially fraught legacy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. For this project she was interested in expanding and drawing together distance and time, dissolving boundaries between the body and architecture and complicating the boundaries erected by the State between itself and the people it purports to serve.

Snobeck draws from the architecture of the EPA building to create components removed from its neoclassical façade and isolated into body-sized elements, thus upending viewers’ relationship with architectural details otherwise experienced on a monumental scale, or from a distance merging appropriated visual tropes into something new shown disembodied and stripped of their monumentality.

The newest body of work in the exhibition appears under the name Visual Closure, which refers to a visual exercise of inference. The work collapses front and back onto the surface. Rendered in brush-stroked enamel on window panes are shadows and reflections caught in the glass. Snobeck offers a vision that consolidates negative and positive space, the visible and the invisible, into a greater ensemble.

Valérie Snobeck was born in 1980 in Wadena, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 2003 and her MA in Fine Arts from the University of Chicago in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in the United States. United and Europe in institutions such as the University of Delaware and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Valérie Snobeck’s work has been included in the 2014 Whitney Biennale. She lives and works in New York.

Several solo exhibitions have been dedicated to him: Catherine Bastide à la Brasserie Atlas Bruxelles : Build of a nearby valley while looking afar (Avril 2019), Tanks (2016), Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong & Essex Street, New York, (2016), Vista, Wallriss Kunstraum, Freiburg, (2015), Simon Lee Gallery (London 2014), Mechanic of fluid - Basel Parcours, Basel (2013), Use Period - Catherine Bastide Gallery, Brussels (2013), Tool Construct - The Consortium, Dijon (2012), Grand Beauty Salon - Essex Street, New York, NY (2012), Blook Optic with Rope - Catherine Bastide, Brussels (2011).