On the occasion of Art Rotterdam 2021, Double V is thrilled to present a new solo show by the French artist based in Paris Maximilien Pellet.
How is a style built? How does it become representative of an era in the modern age? How is it popularized? And how does it age?
Graduated in 2014 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Maximilien Pellet questions the pictorial language and links it to the question of its diffusion. What interests him is the link between the avant-garde and mass culture.
After experimenting with a technique halfway between parietal art and construction industry painting, Maximilien Pellet broadens his research in 2018 to test the possibilities of two-dimensional ceramics.
This medium favors, by its ability to freeze shapes, the repetition of fundamental motifs (the «Bonhomme», the face, elementary geometric figures), which he declines by taking inspiration from the main artistic movements of the beginning of the 20th century - cubism, Dada, abstractions, etc. - to create a new form of painting.
Pellet draws in fresh clay before glazing. The drawing stage is quick, artisanal. That of the color by enameling is more industrial, although he makes his own shades. If ceramics interests him so much, it is for its ambiguities. The artist plays with the evocative power of the material - we think of the school of Vallauris -, its combinatorial potential and the exhaustion of the motif.
«Seeking to produce an unprecedented image, not without didacticism, Maximilien Pellet, using a deceptively outdated aesthetic, experiences modernity by inscribing himself in tradition: that of the ceramist who has become a decorator. »
Extract from texts by Camille Viéville and Thomas Havet