NICK MAUSS

Likenesses

21 May - 30 October 2022

Villa Atrata - Angles-sur-l'Anglin

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Continuing an ongoing dialogue between Nick Mauss and Megan Francis Sullivan, Likenesses is the first time their works are presented in direct conversation. Two distinct attitudes pose questions with regard to the orientation of the viewer.

Painting on the underside of sheets of glass that are subsequently silvered, Mauss captures an estranged line inside the resulting mirror—a line that is entangled with the spatial reality of its changeable reflections and a hyper- awareness of one’s own gaze. In this process of built-in delays, shifts, and reversals, the work arises as a fluid framing of the field of vision, interposed by layers.

Sullivan’s “Bathers (Inverted)” reiterate Paul Cézanne’s figural landscape paintings at 1:1 scale in exacting color negative, inciting a strange cognitive reflex: the works oscillate between their rendered inversion and imagined “positive”. Not merely analytical takes, they assert a painterly vitality containing both presence and absence.

These destabilizing maneuvers yield a surprising lushness as they locate and then pierce what Hubert Damisch has identified as “a zero that is not synonymous with the original.”

At Atrata, Mauss’ and Sullivan’s works converse across two sites – the radically spare Chapelle St. Croix in Angles sur l’Anglin, for which Mauss has created a large-scale reverse- painted mirrored mural, and the more intimate Villa Atrata, where Sullivan’s “Bathers” confront the omnipresent view of the landscape. The works sensitize dimensions of gesture and touch, and, as the poet Susan Stewart has observed, “touch, like dizziness, is a threshold activity—subjectivity and objectivity come quite close to one another.”

Nick Mauss lives and works in New York. His recent solo exhibitions include Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc. at Kunsthalle Basel, Transmissions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Intricate Others at Museo Serralves, Porto. His works are included in numerous public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Lenbachhaus, Munich; M+, Hong Kong; Museo Serralves, Porto; and the Long Museum, Shanghai. His writing has been published most recently in October, May, Artforum, and Octopus Notes. This July, Mauss contributes as an invited artist to the survey exhibition of Christian Bérard at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

Villa Atrata
9 rue Notre-Dame
86 270 La Roche-Posay

The exhibitions are open to public
Thursday and Friday at the Villa from 2PM to 6PM 

Saturday in the chapel from 2PM to 6PM or by appointment

Atrata Paris
30 Galerie de Montpensier
Jardin du Palais Royal
75001 Paris

Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM to 6PM

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Villa Atrata
9 rue Notre-Dame
86 270 La Roche-Posay

The exhibitions are open to public
Thursday and Friday at the Villa from 2PM to 6PM 

Saturday in the chapel from 2PM to 6PM
or by appointment

Atrata Paris
30 Galerie de Montpensier
Jardin du Palais Royal
75001 Paris

Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM to 6PM

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