La conquête de l’espace,la chute des feuilles, les neiges éternelles, l’avancée des déserts, la puce électronique.


27/05 – 08/07/2017
Opening Sat. 27/05 17-19h



Anne-Lise Coste, Blue nude women, 2017, Oilstick on wood, 45 x 30 cm

For her solo exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Anne-Lise Coste will show a selection from recent series of paintings, oil pastels and drawings.

In the fuck series, a collection of black and white spray paintings, Coste reduced her critical words into small canvases. By using extremely forward messages with no ambiguity – just a clear no! – is she literally reproducing the revolt parole as heard in current demonstrations around the world.

In contrast to the black and white paintings, Coste will show a series of oil pastels, The Blue Nude Women. Looking at a colourful box of oil pastels reminded Coste of a more joyful world, a beautiful world in which she is not “eaten by the ugliness of the people in position of big power and the nastiness of thoughts you can find everywhere in the world as soon as there is a human hierarchy established and a normality stated”.

A selection of Pussy Drawings will be on show as well. These drawings were made during the time Coste lived in New York and are part of her recent publication “Pussy Drawing Riot” (Nieves, Zurich, 2016). Her drawings and texts have the immediacy of graffiti, and allow her to express subjective moods mixed with political criticism and literary sentences. As stated by Coste: “This zine is an homage to my pussy, all my girlfriends’ pussies, all the pussies of this planet and art history.”

Anne-Lise Coste was born near Marseille, France, in 1973. She studied in Marseille and in Zurich, Switzerland, after which she was based in New York, and now lives in Orthoux (South of France). Recent exhibitions include: Helmhaus Zurich, CH (2017); Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, NL (2013); Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander, ES (2013); Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, DE (2013); Fundacio Caixa Madrid, ES (2013); Esslinger Kunstverein, Esslingen, DE (2012) and had several exhibitions at: Halsey McKay, New York, US; Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL; NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona, ES, Lullin Ferrari, Zurich, CH; Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, DE. Current exhibitions: Helmhaus Zurich, CH (05/05-25/06/17); Kurhaus Kleve, DE (20/05-10/09/17)




Camila Oliveira Fairclough

15/04 – 10/06/2017


 Haha ha ha, 2017, Acrylic on linen, 33 x 46 cm

Camila Oliveira Fairclough works with language and abstraction. Her wry and idiosyncratic painting draws from so-called hard-edge and geometric traditions and is as informed by popular culture as it is by classical graphic design. Fairclough paints by hand, applying her generally uninflected fields of color with pain-staking, but invariably imperfect human precision. This not only invests the work with an appreciable warmth, but also a sense of vulnerability and intimacy – two values not normally associated with the opacity of the painting traditions in which she awkwardly, but winsomely inserts herself. Language is used sparingly, but with great humor and tenderness, retaining the evocativeness of her wildly divergent sources. Her’s is a human painting; at once wonky and sharp, its urbane slinkiness and unsubtle penchant to celebrate color is anything but removed from the world. Rather it fully inhabits it.
Language and abstraction – Chris Sharp, 2012 

Camila Oliveira Fairclough (1979), born in Rio de Jeneiro (Brazil) and based in Paris. She studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, graduated in 2005. Recent exhibitions include: Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valencia), Galerie Joy de Rouvre (Genève), Emmanuel Hervé Gallery (Paris), La vitrine du Plateau – FRAC Ile de France, MuCEM (Marseille), Frac Aquitaine (Bordeaux), Musée des Beaux Arts de Dole (France), Air de Paris Gallery (Paris), Praz-Delavallade Gallery (Paris), Le Quartier (Quimper), Shanaynay (Paris), MinusSpace (Brooklyn, NY), CRAC Alsace (Altkirch), CAN (Neuchâtel), Villa Médicis (Rome), Galerie van Gelder (Amsterdam), Le Palais de Paris (Gunma), Chiso Galerie (Kyoto), MoinsUn (Paris), AB Contemporary (Zürich). Collections: FRAC Ile de France, Paris / MAC/VAL Vitry-sur-Seine / Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris / MAMCO, Geneva / FRAC Alsace, Sélestat / FRAC Bretagne / FRAC Normandie, Rouen / Norac collection, Rennes / Private collections.

Upcoming exhibitions: Solo Show, Grandpalazzo, with Emmanuel Hervé Gallery, Rome, Italy, 05-2017 – Flatland / abstractions narratives #2, curated by Sarah Ihler-Meyer and Marianne Derrien, Mudam Luxembourg, 07-2017, Solo Show, ‘Everybody is looking for something’, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warszawa, Poland, 01-2018

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