Lionel Estève – So Much
05.11.22 → 23.12.22
Xippas Gallery in Geneva is pleased to present “So Much”, a solo exhibition by Lionel Estève. The playful interaction of the artist’s work with space, colour and sensory perception is the result of meticulous research using a wide range of materials. His creations are situated between randomness, repetition and precision.
Here, through images made of modelling clay, the artist investigates the relationship between the work and its title, finally making the latter the work itself. If the phrase “So much to give”, inscribed in the mass and repeated nineteen times, can evoke romanticism, love and the condition of the artist, the meaning of these words and those to whom they are addressed is voluntarily left to free interpretation.
In addition to these paintings, there is a series of sculptures representing hands made of pebbles. Gleaned by Lionel Estève from the banks of rivers and shores, they testify to the influence of the environment on his artistic practice. By assembling these pebbles like a jigsaw puzzle and choosing them by pareidolia, the artist not only questions the mystery of the nature that surrounds us, but also wonders, even more deeply, about the application of this psychological process to better apprehend the complexity of the world we inhabit.