Christiane Pooley

Christiane Pooley

Temuco, Chile,1983 

 

Christiane Pooley feels her way through memory and history as she paints. Landscape predominates throughout, tender with complex events and bodies, unresolved tensions held by a very particular quality of light. 

 

Part dream, part documentary, Pooley’s work situates the viewer in a hazy place. We are not quite sure where we are grounded. Layers of time—past and present—softly conjoin, collaborate, trouble one another. We absorb these relations via a certain visual resonance, through repeated scenes, studies in the passage of time. 

 

Her paintings hold a deep relation to Romanticism, combined with a contemporary sense for the politics of place, of mutable perspectives, simultaneities and dissonances. Pooley learns as she paints and continues to offer us a slow dance with the sublime, the melancholy and the political.

 

Pooley has a BA Fine Arts from Universidad Católica, Santiago, CL and a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art, London, UK. She is the recipient of awards and residencies, including ADAGP Grant for first monograph, Paris, FR (2017); Artist in Residence, Plataforma Atacama, CL (2014); Artist in Residence, KinoKino, Sandnes, NO (2013);  Artist in Residence, Camac, FR (2012) and was awarded the Unesco Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (2011), among others. 

 

Solo exhibitions include: Landscapes Beneath, Bendana | Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, FR (2018); La forêt est là et me regarde, Bendana | Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, FR (2016); Los bordes del mundo, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, CL (2015); Promised Lands, Kunstforening, Sandnes, NO (2015); On Belief, Summa Solo Project, Madrid, ES (2013); Inside Out, Galerie Esther Donatz, Múnich, DE (2012); Atrapados en lo desconocido, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, CL (2010); I also ask myself, New Galerie de France, Paris, FR (2008).

 

Recent group exhibitions include: The World Without Us, APT Gallery, London, GB (2019); Gallery Show, Gallery 38, Tokyo, JP (2018); …avec elles, Galerie de France, Paris, FR (2018); The Marmite Prize for Painting V, Block 336, London, GB (2016); A invenção da praia, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, BR (2014); Sub 30, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC, Santiago, CL (2014); Künstlerliaison, Munikat, Múnich, DE (2014); The Hamsterwheel, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, IT (2007); Xhibit 06, The Arts Gallery, London, GB (2006), among others.

 

Christiane Pooley lives and works in Paris, France.