Chapter 1: Where I Attempt to Drown the Dragon

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Studiolo Bianca
2013
mixed media installation
160 x 160 x 160 cm
Mout Waiting
2013
pencil, watercolor, ink on paper
40.5 x 50.5 cm
The Holy Spittle
2013
pencil, watercolor, Chinese Ink on paper
36 x 26 cm
The Dream of a Hydrocephalic Bat
2013
pencil, watercolor on paper
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Untitled
2013
pencil, watercolor on paper
50 x 70 cm
Crusade of the Grand Emperor
2013
pencil, watercolor on paper
40.5 x 50.5 cm
Untitled
2013
pencil, ink, watercolor on paper
36 x 26 cm
Untitled
2013
pencil, watercolor, ink on paper
26 x 36 cm
Cynocephalic Circle
2013
Flash animation, sand
8-second loop
Untitled
2013
chair, rope, net, stone, leather belt, metal hook
dimensions variable
Untitled
2013
(detail view)
Untitled
2013
glass rods, fishing wire, bronze bells
30 cm wide x variable height
Untitled
2013
(detail view)
Untitled
2013
(detail view)
The Ride of the Cynocephalus
2013
glass, marker pen, bronze
50 cm diameter
The Ride of the Cynocephalus
(detail view)
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue and ink on paper
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue and ink on paper
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue and ink on paper
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Untitled
2013
pencil, watercolor, ink on paper
70 x 50 cm
Untitled
2013
pencil, ink on paper
36 x 26 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
26 x 36 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
36 x 26 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
26 x 36 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
26 x 36 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
26 x 36 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
36 x 26 cm
Untitled drawing from ‘Methylene Blue Series’
2013
methylene blue, ink, pencil on paper
26 x 36 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled Drawing from ‘Charcoal Series’
2013
charcoal on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Untitled
2013
neon tube, edition of 3
27 x 47 cm
Head of Tatvamasi
2013
concrete, lacquer paint, fabric, synthetic feathers, plastic, balloons
dimensions variable
Mahawenhai
2013
concrete, plastic, paper pistils, sand, graphite and charcoal powder
dimensions variable
5 Brimborions
2013
glass, bronze, fishing wire
dimensions variable
7 Idols
2013
glass
dimensions variable
Entrée ouverte au palais ferme du Roi
2013
steel, tektite meteorite
dimensions variable
Thunder urn
2013
tektite meteorite, concrete, glass
dimensions variable
Untitled
2013
modeling clay, varnish, fishing wire, glass pot
dimensions variable
Power stick
2013
steel, ribbons, balloon
dimensions variable

SYNOPSIS

Galerie Quynh is pleased to present Chapter I: Where I attempt to drown the dragon – Sandrine Llouquet’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Alchemy, transformation, discovery and rebirth are recurrent themes in the show represented through highly symbolic images and metaphors. Spanning the gallery’s main exhibition space and its new downtown gallery, the ambitious exhibition is divided into two parts:  nigredo (blackness) and albedo (whiteness) in reference to the first two of the four major stages of the Magnum Opus in alchemy. Nigredo is presented at the downtown gallery where objects and images strongly suggest rituals and experimentation. At the main gallery on De Tham, albedo refers to purification and a progression to the next stage of spiritual and intellectual development.

With a nod to Victorian novels, the whimsical exhibition title suggests the beginning of an elaborate journey full of fantasy and drama for our protagonist. References to Jung, archetypes and the collective unconscious abound in the show. The dragon itself refers to personal obstacles and symbolizes the shadow, an archetype that represents the darker side of the human psyche. Llouquet states, “Each of my artworks is a step left behind that shows a building of oneself: wandering, passage from one stage to another, rebellion, escape, rebirth… By pursuing my research on this idea of building oneself, I naturally came to study the history of alchemy and found deep similarities with my conception of art: a quest for wisdom that goes with material experimentations.”