Spring 2015, the flowers of evil are blossoming abundantly at SomoS with a special exhibition, April 3-17, of paintings by French artist Louie Otesanek, organized by Galerie van Cauwelaert – Roche. Presented are works from the young painter’s poignant “Forgotten Families” series.
Working within the rich history of symbolist and decadent European painting, yet embedding an acute sense of Zeitgeist, the highly poetic and dreamlike works are inspired by, in the artist words, “fragments of souvenirs, portraits of vanished families, forgotten memories of past lives, and the remnants of frozen, in-between days.”
Within these set thematic marking points, Otesanek’s abundant melancholy and morbid imagination is free to associate, making use of a refined, velvety rich color palette and sometimes nonchalant brush, transforming and fusing his motifs into poetic, unsettling narratives that let his protagonists act out unknown desires in magical territories, “inhabited by their dreads and fears, suspended in time, in an eternity of dreams.”
April 4 – 17, 2015
Opening : April 3, 6.30pm