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Stephane Blumer

biography

Stéphane Blumer was born in Geneva in 1985; he lives and works in London.

Education

2010 – 2012 Goldsmiths University of London, MA Fine Art, London, UK
2007 – 2010 University of Art and Design Geneva, BA Fine Art, Geneva, Switzerland

Scholarships

2012 Fondation Helène et Victor Barbour, Geneva, Switzerland
2010 Rotary Foundation Bursary, Geneva, Switzerland

Solo Exhibition

2012 Ellipsis, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK
2012 Sweat Dreams, Le Spot, Geneva, CH
2012 Dobra — Entre[…]Vista, Flausina, Lisbon, PT

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Represented by La Scatola Gallery at The London Art Fair 2013.
2012 Preposterous, La Scatola Gallery, London
2012 Emoticons, for Urban Caprice at House of Saint Barnabas, London
2012 Goldsmiths MA final Show, New Cross, London
2012 Inclusion, The Stone Space, London
2012 Jusqu’à épuisement des stocks / While supply last, Galerie B-312, Montreal, CA
2011 The Face of the Shape, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK
2011 Rathania’s – Ars Similis Casus, curated by Fabrice Gigy, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
2011 Slow Forward, New Gallery London, London, UK
2011 The Second Attempt Of Phane Terglo, Lewisham Art House, London, UK
2010 Anonymous Drawings – Archive 10, Blütenweiss, Uferhallen / Wedding, Berlin, Germany
2010 Fête de Famille, Villa Dutoit, Geneva, Switzerland
2009 Anonymous Drawings n°10, Blütenweiss, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2009 Floating Details, La Pinacothèque, Geneva, Switzerland
2009 Folklore, Villa Dutoit, Geneva, Switzerland
2009 Avant-Goût, with Norbert Bisky, curator Christoph Tannert, Live in Your Head, Geneva, Switzerland
2009 Les Arts Incohérent, Live In Your, HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland

Publications

2012 Loud and Quiet Magazine, Photos by Phil Sharp, London, UK
2009 Avant-Goût Catalog, introduction by Christoph Tannert director Bethanien Künstlerhaus, Berlin and Jean-Pierre Greff director of the HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland
2009 Avant-Goût — Multiples, Edition of 66 boxes containing original works, with Norbert Bisky, Geneva, Switzerland

 


Emoticons, 2011. Installation view – Ellipsis, 2012, La Scatola Gallery

 

Ellipsis (Shave #2)

 

Words on Stephane

Well-versed in communicative methodologies and rhetorical abstractions, Stephane Blumer’s sculptures, installations, videos and salt paintings speak in a language of the artist’s creation, one that attests to his on-going conversation with the verbal and non-verbal cues appropriated by expression.

By removing emoticons, symbols that have more pervasively begun to pepper electronic messages, from their text-based homes and inserting them, black, big and bleakly, onto white gallery walls, Blumer monochromatically magnifies their significance to feeling and function. His translation of fundamental images of emotion back into a stark, complex language is a compelling commentary on the communication between humans and their seemingly always winking minds.

Employing materials as diverse as balloons, salt and wood, Blumer’s work points to the disparate congruencies between what is easily thought and impossible to express, and what is unthinkable yet effortlessly revealed.

Stephane Blumer was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland, and lives and works in London. Ellipsis, at La Scatola Gallery, was his first solo show. Past exhibitions include The Face of the Shape, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK (2011), Rathania’s – Ars Similis Casus, Musee Rath, Geneva, Switzerland (2011), Slow Forward, New Gallery London, London, UK (2011), and The Second Attempt of Phane Terglo, Lewisham Art House, London, UK (2011).

Words by Chris Piegza