Series of contemporary mosaic exhibitions
Parai-le-Monial, Burgundy, France, July 06 – September 15, 2019
For the 22nd time, the House of Contemporary Mosaic in Paray-le-Monial, with the support of the Ateliers d’Art de France, the Regional Council of Burgundy, the General Council of Sona and Loire and the City of Paray-le-Monial, holds a summer series of exhibitions of contemporary mosaic. The current series includes two exhibitions – a joint exhibition “Abundance” of three mosaic artists: Gerard Brandt, Giulio Menossi and Lynn Chinn, as well as the exhibition “Light from Darkness” by Sylvie Guyomard. The exhibition “Abundance” takes place in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the exhibition of Sylvie Guyomard – in the House of Contemporary Mosaic.
Gerard Brand was born in Obernai and created his first mosaic at the age of 17. His creative abilities developed through independent experience, especially during several wonderful trips to Africa. Self-taught, this amazing and super-active handyman presents his creations and his unusual stories every year at several exhibitions in France or abroad. He also produces monumental works, participated in the restoration of the burnt church of Gerstheim in Alsace in 2012-2013.
Gerard Brand is an atypical self-taught with a broader view of how to create mosaics, whose work goes beyond the generally accepted notions. Since the opening of the «Fabulous creatures» exhibition in Paray-le-Monial in 2005, the artist continues to improve his technique, innovate, and use various materials – glass, stainless steel, bone, fabric, ceramics, metals. His themes – romantic, religious, playful, memorial – develop his concept of “Otherwise mosaic”, where tesseraes cling to each other, without support, revealing color and light more fully.
A perfectionist jeweler, full of imagination, he is one of a kind and at the same time a very prolific author.
Gerard Brand lives and works in Obernai.Alsace, Auburn.
The work of Giulio Menossi presents an explosion of shapes and colors. According to a very personal technique his tesserae take place on a complex frameworks of slender shapes that give the work volume and dynamic. For the artist, his way of telling about life is “a colorful and completely personal adventure with unique colors”
Giulio Menossi, a native of Udine, started his apprenticeship in Milan, and continued in New York, with the Crovatto Mosaic. Now his workshop is located in Udine, in the north Italy. He participates in many exhibitions, conferences, colloquiums, seminars, takes part in the jury of mosaic exhibitions.
Lynn Chinn is a young American artist who designs abstract sculptural forms, with austere and yet surprising surfaces. She works in a color palette, essentially monophonic with more concern for harmonizing shades and transitions. Her tesseraes are forming a new way of creating movement and fluidity.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Lynn Chinn attended a course in graphic design before moving on to painting and then to the mosaic, which she has been engaged since 2001. She received several awards in the USA. In France, she won the Picassiette de Chartres prize at the 2013 Chartres International Mosaic Congress.
At the House of Contemporary Mosaic
Light comes from black
Sylvia Guillaumere – mosaic artist, painter and sculptor, graduate of the Paris National School of Fine Arts. She creates abstract landscapes, “surface contemplation.” Admiring the canvases of the artist Pierre Soulage and his mastery in reflecting light on black surfaces, Sylvia chooses slate as her favorite material. This is a mineral material, the color of which in nature varies from light gray to pure black, allowing the artist who uses it to explore the light as a third dimension.
But her research does not end there. Gradually, it passes from slate to mother of pearl, then to metal, with signs marked by time. Today, Sylvia Guyard enters a new phase of creativity through painting, continuing to explore the play of light.