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  • Jonathan Binet was born in Lyon (France) in 1984, lives and works in Paris.
    Binet makes paintings with a marked character as objects, though at the same time they are clearly graphic, like drawings traced on the wall of the exhibition space. Balanced between drawing and sculpture, but also between abundant forms and terse geometric formulations; assemblages and deconstructions; “finished” and “unfinished”. Distributed in the exhibition space according to installation logic that calls into play the autonomy of the work and its relationship to the context, Binet’s paintings are “fields of possibility” in which the artist asserts his right to creative freedom. This assertion is an empirical procedure, of stops and starts, errors, changes of direction. The results are ghosts of harmonious compositions, because they manifest the will of the artist to be extraneous to any discursive, productive and distributive apparatus of painting.

    Jason Matthew Lee was born in Chicago (U.S.) in 1989, lives and works in New York.
    The works of Lee combine painting with computer graphics. To interpret them carefully requires paying attention to their many layers. It is always possible to recognize a background level that consists of a gestural sign, made by the artist with spray paint. A digitally constructed image is printed over the paint, generally blending two elements: photographic images and graphic layout. The former are “appropriated” from a reservoir that ranges from the visual impressions of early data processing to cyberpunk imagery, processed by software for digital manipulation. The latter consists of texts, grids, filters, logos, etc. Approaching a work by Lee, the viewer has to engage in a dual exercise of perception of the image in its unity and in its parts. In other words, to think about the act of seeing as a command of fusion or breakdown of the constituent levels.
    jonathan Binet - Jason Matthew Lee

    press release

    Jonathan Binet - Jason Matthew Lee

    23 September 2017 - 15 November 2017
    Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-13 am / 16-19 pm, or by appointment.

    Each exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with critical essays by Michele D'Aurizio.

    On Saturday 23 September, at 18:30, Galleria Mazzoli opens the exhibitions by Jonathan Binet (Lyon, France, 1984) and Jason Matthew Lee (Chicago, United States, 1989), both with their first solo show in Italy.

    Among the works Binet has made for Galleria Mazzoli, there are both new iterations of gestures explored by the artist in the past, and new approaches to the painting-object. The first group might include, for example, the paintings made by wedging a can of spray paint between the canvas and the stretcher: the canvas applies pressure to the valve and makes the paint emerge, so the painting “paints itself.” In these works Binet confirms what might be called a true “refusal” both to paint the canvas and to “impregnate” it with his own artistic subjectivity. The precipitate of his gesture, in fact, is an imprecise, ambiguous sign whose interpretation is left up to the viewer. Alongside these works, Binet presents paintings on canvas made in the past but recently reworked – or, more precisely, uprooted, smashed and dismembered – and then crossed on an iron frame. These works emerge from a gesture that is perhaps more ruthless than the one described above, a true attempt at annihilation of the self and its representations. This gesture, however, displays the truly radical nature of Binet’s procedure, an antagonism that leads the artist to think of creation as an attempt to dig an escape route for the painter-self, beyond the painting itself.

    Lee has made two groups of works for the exhibition at Galleria Mazzoli. The ones in a larger format represent stratifications of lines: spray-painted doodles, photographs of tangles of electrical wires, orthogonal grids and circumference patterns. The linear nature of all these elements is an echo of their production processes (digital printing, computer graphics, etc.). They replicate and incorporate the diagrammatic nature of computer thinking, the property through which the computer embodies all the principles of linear thought, just as it ignores any command not formulated in keeping with the rules of linearity. If, however, we notice that many of these lines are circular, closed or knotted to themselves, then these works can be interpreted as suggestions of reflexive commands, codes that write themselves, intelligent machines. The smaller works blend images and codes of computer viruses with images of biological viruses. They are nocturnal, spectral works that point to the immanence of technology in human civilization.

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    Jonathan Binet, New Works, Mazzoli Gallery, Modena 2017 (Photo By R.P. Guerzoni)
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    Jason Matthew Lee, New Works, Mazzoli Gallery, Modena 2017 (Photo By R.P. Guerzoni)