From 7 May to 11 June 2017, GALERIE MESSMER presents 14 brand new and never before shown works by Mylène Mai. The expressive and captivating exhibits are paintings and sculptures at the same time and have a strong effect that the viewer can hardly escape.
Mylène Mai, a remarkable young artist with great potential, was born in France in 1988. Her works can be found in numerous renowned private collections. Her clientele is growing enormously fast and steadily, so that her last exhibitions were almost all sold out until her last work.
In her colour-intensive works, the humanities scholar, who holds a doctorate, is primarily interested in the pictorial realization of the relationship between external aesthetics and the emotions that they evoke in the viewer.
And they are indeed manifold: the sensations in experiencing these extraordinary works range from lively and dynamic to hypnotic and poetic, yet they elude any description. The emergence of their works is a process that demands a great deal of manual effort. Using various sharp tools, the young artist digs structures into thick plasterboard, the surfaces of which she then lavishly patinizes.
The monochrome works are kept in intense colours and live through the unique dynamics of the structures, which occasionally remind us of wind-whipped rain, swirling leaves, the bark of ancient trees or waves. In fact, Mylène Mai draws her inspiration from nature and uses only naturally occurring materials such as plaster and natural pigments.
The timefactor also plays a central role in the unmistakable art of the young Frenchwoman. Through artificial ageing processes, such as the simulation of signs of abrasion and wear on the surface of her works, she chooses a characteristic moment of patination for each work, which makes each work as unique as a fingerprint.