Presentation

Composing materials of both natural and industrial origin, Cat Fenwick creates  sculptures and installations that are characterized by their minimalist sensitivity with aesthetics inspired from vernacular constructions. She entertains insinuations of certain subtle manipulations. Her recent “handmade” research generates a fragility of constant unbalance, in contrast with the strength and sturdiness of the materials used.

Her assemblages are inspired by both existing and fictitious architectures, she reverses the codes of their purpose by questioning the continous dialogue between the sculpture and its surrounding place of exhibition. She constantly analyses and deciphers the roles and features of the materials she uses, putting their possibilities of attraction and repulsion to the test. Always on edge, the artist’s works are ready to switch from one state to another, at any given moment.

Often Cat Fenwick’s sculptures find themselves the protagonists of funny and quirky situations, detaching us from the seriousness of the exhibition space. This jeu d’espirit, sometimes verging on the absurd, is the symbol of a strong artistic gesture dedicated to a visual illusion.

Léo Bioret

Biography

Born in 1983, Manchester, United Kingdom


EDUCATION

2007
- Ba Hons, 2:1 Interactive arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England

2003
- Distinction of the Foundation of art and design, College of Art, Newcastle, England


EXHIBITIONS

2017
- «Le 62ème Salon de Montrouge» (Montrouge, Paris)
- «Welcome Home 3» RDV galerie Nantes (Nantes, France)
- «VERRE ÉTONNANT» galerie Le Diapason (Rennes, France)
- «30 ans» galerie Le Corridor, Musée de l’imprimerie de Nantes (Nantes, France)
- «erosjon» galerie du Leveld Art centre (Leveld, Norway)
- «Le clou» L’atelier de la rue Chateaubriand (Nantes, France)

2016
- «ARCHIPEL, Episode 1» Le Temple de Goût (Nantes, France)
- «ARCHIPEL, Episode 2» galerie Le Praticable (Rennes, France)
- «ARCHIPEL, Episode 3» IPN (Toulouse, France)
- «Multiple #6» RDV galerie Nantes (Nantes, France)
- «La Biennale métiers d’art et design» galerie de l’école d’arts plastiques Pantin (Pantin, Paris)

2015
- «art-athina» international contemporary art fair (Athènes, Greece)
- «Episode 21» galerie Kaskadenkondensator (Bâle, Switzerlands)
- «The pretend is near» RDV galerie Nantes (Nantes, France)

2014
- «La Nuit blanche» invitation de RDV galerie Nantes (Paris, France)

2013
- «Episode 21» galerie Lokal-int (Bienne, Switzelands)
- «hluku kefy kladiva ticho» galerie mille feuilles (Nantes, France)
- «Aller-retour» Basic Space (Dublin, Ireland)
- «L’art prend L’air » POL’n ( Nantes, France)
- «Episode 21» galerie Westwerk (Hambourg, Germany)

2012
- «TABLE» Atelier Alain Le Bras (Nantes, France)
- «Episode 21» galerie Genscher (Hambourg, Germany)
- «Pousser la vis» galerie de l’Atelier de la ville en bois ( Nantes, France)
- «Camping vor hort» aux galeries K34 et Umbtrieb (Keil, Germany)
- «Mémoires d’éléphants» L’Atelier (Nantes, France)

2011
- «Que sera sera» Atelier Alain Le Bras (Nantes, France)
- «Ni Fixe,Ni Fige» Maison régionale de l’architecture de Pays de la Loire (Nantes, France)
- «Chantiers autorisés au public» Le Grand Atelier (Nantes, France)
- «Fréquences Parasites» Le grand cordel (Rennes, France)
- «The flip collection» PrintRooom (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
- «Postcards from the edge» galerie CRG (New York, USA)

2010
- «Month in print» Islington mills (Manchester, England)

2007
- «Degree show» galerie Holden (Manchester, England)


RESIDENCIES

2017
- Leveld Art Centre (Leveld, Norway)
- La Belle ordinaire (Pau, France)

2012
- Galerie Genscher (Hamburg, Germany)

2011
- Atelier Alain Le Bras (Nantes, France)
- The RogueStudios (Manchester, England)
- «a’acb» Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (Bruxelles, Belgium)

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