Cédrix Crespel: D I S T A N C E
September 30th – October 30th, 2023
San Diego, California- Madison Gallery announces D I S T A N C E, French artist Cédrix Crespel’s first solo US exhibition. A stunning and ethereal representation of love in landscapes, of love in our surroundings, of love outside the physical beings. The use of bold, yet soft, colors, Crespel captures the desire and vulnerability of passion from afar. The feeling of endless depth, of dynamic distance, of eternal love and longing.
“To face it, to get lost in it and to surrender to it. The landscape, with its magnificence, its ‘immensity,’ and its indifference, imposes its might and its power dynamics. The one who gazes upon it experiences a form of solitude, vulnerability, and inaccessibility: a state that, in many ways, resembles love. Painting the vaporization of love, the vibration that lack can generate, the projection of feelings. Painting emotions far beyond what can be seen. When we are both separated, our landscapes clash and represent the distance between us. From her to me, and vice versa. A form of landscape in love; showing what cannot normally be represented.” Cédrix Crespel
Cédrix Crespel’s paintings are a true reflection of his life, a man whose notions of love and sensuality have been constantly questioned and deconstructed. By exploring different representations of femininity, the artist creates a deep connection between his own existence and his art.
In his canvases, swirls, vapors, and veils of the visible conceal a secret figuration. It is through subtle details and palpable sensuality that Cédrix Crespel stages his wife Tiphaine, an undeniable presence since the beginning. His love and desire prefer to express themselves in intimacy and modesty. Thus, the artist freezes in his paintings the materiality of flesh and the vivid emotion that accompanies it, creating a dialogue of silence and subtleties.
Since 2016, Cédrix Crespel has focused his work on the notion of “correspondence” and the creation of a “new Entity” generated by the couple in art. He thus offers a contemporary and introspective vision of the relationship between art and life, inviting the viewer to get lost in the layers of meaning and emotion in his work.