Ciou’s wondrous drawings are a recurring phenomenon on the walls of the KochxBos gallery. On Saturday, March 23rd, she will personally attend the opening of « A Spell on You », her third solo exposition in Amsterdam.
A spell On you, solo show : 23 rd march-20th April
Ciou’s scintillating darkness
Ciou (1981) was born and raised in Toulouse, the city in southern France, where she still lives and works. Her first important exposition was in 2004 in the Flux Factory in New York, after which shows followed in Barcelona, Brussels, Berlin and Seattle.
As was shown in the VPRO documentary « Sarah’s Barbaren », Ciou is inspired by a wondrous mix of music, pin ups, manga, primitive and religious art, art nouveau, tattoos, old toys and mexican culture. She succeeds brilliantly in melding all this into her own unique chimerical world which, despite its dark edges, has a scintillating character.
She often uses old books and writings as a canvas and paints over them in pen, ink and acrylic. For the pieces in « A Spell on You » she found an illustrated book, about magic , from 1924. Hereon she made a series of spectacular drawings, in her trademark style, with a dominant black delineation and small surfaces with brilliant colours. In this way Ciou combines an old fashioned technique with forms from our lightning-fast popular image culture.
As we can surmise from the name, the work in Ciou’s « A Spell on You » is about magic. Let yourself be enchanted by her precise pen-and-ink drawings of little girls and monsters, Ciou’s dark antithesis to all the My Little Pony and Pet Shop friends. As cute as children’s toys, but with jet-black eyes and razor-sharp teeth.
Ciou is represented by Kochxbos Gallery, if you want more info , purchase original artwork, please contact : email@example.com
see the show online : http://www.kochxbos.nl/now.html