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PUBLIC Gallery is excited to present Live a Little, the debut UK solo exhibition of French artist Coline Marotta, showcasing a new series of paintings and drawings produced during her residency with the gallery.
Through themes of communication, intimacy and restlessness these new works explore how we interact with the world around us and specifically with each other. Marotta is particularly interested in the influence of new technologies on our behaviour and how, as we become more dependent on external tools to communicate, our abilities to interact and create intimacy in real life are gradually eroding.
Reflecting this current situation, Marotta’s characters appear in a state of pensive sadness – not overwhelmed by sorrow but in a state of contemplative post-summer blues. These protagonists inhabit a private world of the interior, a place where bodies can interact and move at their own pace. Compared to public spaces, where we are demanded to move quickly and with direction, Marotta views interior spaces with a slower rhythm, where we can reflect, contemplate, relax - a place where definitions of relationships can be created and altered in privacy.
These scenes are rendered in candied pastel hues and effortless gestural strokes, with figures stretching and reaching across the canvas in a delicate balance of tension and playful curiosity. Spaces are rendered minimally with small recognisable elements – fruit on the table, a tiled wall, a book lying on the floor – creating a hazy environment for us to place the paintings within our own remembered places.
This new group of works almost act as an extended pop song, full of sweetness but underlined by a sense of light melancholy. There are lazy bathers and lovers contemplating a loss of contact; the other is everywhere but never fully visible, cropped out from the composition like an unanswered message marked ‘seen’.
Coline Marotta (b. 1991, France) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2017 and her BFA from The Marseille-Mediterranean College of Art and Design in 2013. Solo exhibitions include ‘Halfway Home’, Alice Folker Gallery, Copenhagen (2019), ‘Big Love Low Ceiling’, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen (2018) and ‘Untitled’, The Tennis Elbow, New York (2018). Group exhibitions include ‘New “bad” painting’, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen (2018), ‘An action without image’, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Germany (2018) and ‘Code Art Fair’, Bella Center, Copenhagen (2017).