Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
12 May → 20 Jun 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Closed Monday and Sunday.
"She-devils on Wheels" was originally a movie about a motorcycle gang. Intriguing, isn't it? It's also the name Sylvie Fleury gave to a club in the 1990s, where women who share a common interest in customizing American cars meet. From there, a series of works on the same theme was born. And there is no doubt that Sylvie Fleury's work is original and unforgettable! Self-taught and with no artistic training, the Swiss artist, born in 1961 in Geneva, is known for her offbeat, sexist and/or fetishist installations. Her works are generally based on the exhibition of objects a priori invested in society with a strong aesthetic value and sentimental attachment. The Thaddaeus Ropac gallery today looks back on a historical series of the artist's work. A psychedelic mural more than ten meters long announces the title of the exhibition like a slogan. A chromed bronze engine recalls his practice of the ready-made. Six photographs show luxury shoes in close-up on pedals, steering wheels, gear levers. Hanging on the wall a dress adopts the dress codes of a Formula 1 racing suit. At the crossroads of Duchamps' "ready-made" and the Warholian vision of consumer society, Sylvie Fleury stages luxury objects. In turn, the latter remind us of her attachment to the typical images of mainstream culture, to performance, but also to the post-feminist position that pushes her to reappropriate so-called masculine practices and objects.