MARK HACHEM, Paris / Beirut / New York
Over recent years, Kinetic art has been revived with the emergence of a brand-new generation of collectors. Galerie Mark Hachem has always been attached to this art movement, never ceasing to represent it in solo exhibitions, collectives or at international art fairs. At Volta Basel, the gallery intends to showcase the growth of the kinetic movement through time by exploring the works of different artists from different time periods. Galerie Mark Hachem is firstly bringing together three masters of the kinetic movement, Jesus Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Dario Perez Flores, in order to show the roots of this iconic movement from which new styles and interpretations have grown. The three artists, who came from Venezuela, chose France as their country of refuge from which to base their artistic research. It is a useful reminder that immigration and exchange often lead to considerable cultural contributions. Originally from a country with very little pre-Colombian art to shape their vision, these Venezuelans focused their artistic research on early 20th Century European art. It influenced them over an extensive period of time, despite the generational difference between them. Eventually, though they drew on the same inspiration, their paths diverged and each artist developed his own style and interpretation of kinetic art. Finally, the three artists were able to deal with paintings by resolving the challenges posed by space, light, and color. This concept moved through time, being addressed differently by different artists.
One such artist is Hussein Madi, whose work will also be shown by the Mark Hachem Gallery at Volta Basel. Madi’s work draws on the kintetic movement for inspiration but takes another turn, making the style his own. In his work, Madi reverts back to the pictographic style, when writing was half-symbol, half-picture, in order to express unity between the concrete and the symbolic, a school of thought which can be applied to any ideal, but his works still represent the use of shapes that is crucial to kinetic art. He learns from the masters’ styles of movement and merges this with post-cubist elements in order to bring a distinctive voice and style to his works. Post-cubism has also driven French artist Philippe Hiquily to create something different, something unique. Though inspired by the Post-Cubist movement, Hiquily does not adhere strictly to its practices, and chooses instead to marginalise himself and allow this movement to be viewed in a new light through his personal artistic lens.
Moreover, the gallery will also be showcasing the growth of street art through the work of Ghazi Baker and Mauro Corda; these artists use their artistic platform and style to bring an appreciation of art to the masses. They move their art from the canvas to the streets, making it more accessible to the general public. Meanwhile, Bastiani’s work furthers the growth of art all the more by using mixed media such as videos to express art in a way that fuses the new with the classic. creates images of classic artistic styles, such as nature scenes and ballerinas, but brings them to life with the use of technology such as LED lights and interactive video projections.
This as a whole is the aim of the Mark Hachem Gallery in their exhibition at Volta Basel: showing the growth and evolution of art from the classical masters to the newest styles. The juxtaposition of works by icons of the kinetic movement such as Perez-Flores and Cruz-Diez with the modern styles of Madi, Hiquily, Baker, and Bastiani.