Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present Chanson de ma terre lointaine, the new impressive Joël Andrianomearisoa’ solo-exhibition, expressly conceived for the gallery and inspired by Marguerite Duras’ India song.
Born in 1977 in Antananarivo (Madagascar), Andrianomearisoa is a versatile artist whose unique approach towards art results in mysterious and evolving works. Mixing materials, textiles and colors, the artist gives shape to the multifaceted human relationships and feelings and those pulses of life he captures from urban space. Smells, noises, lights, images and all the incessant movements that generate city life compose his universe without imprisoning him in a specific geographical space.
His works show a combination of opposing forces and ambivalent movements of affirmation and negation, always conveying a sense of fragility. Although Andrianomearisoa does not usually imagine the finality of his installations, he aims to take the viewer to an unexpected, surprising place. Constantly reinterpreted and renewed, his artworks experiment every possibility in order to create new languages: the monochrome is continuously challenged because “this is when artwork makes sense” as he declared.
Being at the same time one and thousand colors, his omnipresent black is a permanent challenge that urges the artist to reinterpret and renew the color unceasingly. Depending on the material as well as lighting angle, his blackness unfolds in endless nuance. “For me it is a challenge. In every piece, I have to find various colors, different postures of black”, says the artist. It is not just a color to him, but also an attitude toward the world. Black is enthralling, sometimes disturbing, but it makes sense everywhere, giving the artist the freedom to deconstruct and disintegrate the structure of the work.
The current project is a reflection on a desire, a sentimental desire towards the geographic longing of Madagascar. Surrounded by a feeling of melancholy, the exhibition displays a series of works of various dimensions and materials. They create a detailed path from black to white and red, combined in many different ways, in order to represent the deepest emotions arising from the India song. The show is divided into three parts: “Forgotten name/Forgotten Love”, “Chanson de ma terre lointaine” and “All and nothing”, that represent Andrianomearisoa’s attempts to carry out a “retour dans le passé, action du présent, esquisse du futur”.