Gertrude is pleased to present our first Salon with Christopher Grimes Gallery in collaboration with renowned artists Carlos Bunga and Olivier Mosset.
The Salon will be led by Mark Lee, architect and co-founder of one of California’s most internationally regarded architectural offices, JohnstonMarklee, and will feature a private conversation between Carlos Bunga and Olivier Mosset to mark the occasion of their new exhibition at the gallery. This exhibition and subsequent conversation will highlight the juxtaposition of two divergent artistic approaches to painting and challenge our understanding of the medium.
Guests will meet the artists and join in the conversation; ticket includes a wine reception with small bites.
About the artist
Carlos Bunga (b. 1976 in Porto, Portugal) lives and works in Barcelona. His work can be described as painting that exists at the intersection of architecture and sculpture. He is well known for his large-scale installations made of common, unassuming materials. Bunga’s installations respond to existing architecture and are painted in monochromatic planes of color, built with the intention of ultimately being destroyed. Bunga first attracted international attention with his work at Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian, Spain (2004). Since then, he has been shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 6 prize (2014), and he was awarded both the ArtPrize 2013 Grand Rapids, MI and a visual arts grant by the Fundación Marcelino Botín, Spain (2006). His work is in the collections of such institutions as Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal; and Museo d'art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain.
Olivier Mosset (b. 1944 in Bern, Switzerland) lives and works in Tucson, AZ. Mosset first became known in France in the 1960s for having been part of the famous BMPT group alongside Daniel Buren, Niele Toroni and Michel Parmentier, and has since been associated with a multitude of art historical movements. In anticipation of many artists, who in the 1980s would use appropriation to critique Modernist authority, Mosset called into question the painter’s gesture and signature by sharing styles and dissolving authorship to reach a “degree zero” of painting. Mosset has remained committed to questioning painting by, paradoxically, continuing to paint, turning to monochrome works on canvas and walls. He works within painting's particular limitations and concerns, with a deep understanding of the sensuality and physicality of color. Since his emergence, Mosset has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums worldwide. His work has been included in several group exhibitions including Manifesta 10, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2008); and he represented Switzerland in the 44th Venice Biennale (1990). His work is in the collections of such institutions as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; and Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lusanne, Switzerland among others.
Mark Lee is an architect and co-founder of one of California’s most internationally regarded architectural offices. Recently, JohnstonMarklee won the competition for the Drawing Center of the Menil Collection and received the Next LA Honor Award for its Chile House. With deep knowledge of both architectural history and contemporary discourse and construction practices, Mark directs design teams through critical research while striving for efficiency and precision in production. He has written and lectured widely on his research regarding culture specific landscapes and new strategies in material form and technology. He teaches at Harvard University, and have taught at UCLA, Rice University in Houston, the ETH in Zurich, and the Technical University of Berlin.