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Caroline Achaintre

Caroline Achaintre with Martin Herbert
31 July 2018 / 7 pm

Frank, 2013
Frank, 2013, ceramic
Courtesy of Arcade, London
Photo: Andy Keate


Caroline Achaintre works across a diverse range of media including textiles, ceramics, prints and watercolours, using techniques typically associated with the applied arts. Her work is colourful and potent, evoking the subversive spirit of carnival and creating an atmosphere simultaneously playful and absurd. Citing German Expressionism, post-war British sculpture and Primitivism as influences, her work also makes reference to more contemporary sub-cultural strands of sci-fi, the Goth-metal scene, psychedelia and horror films.

Caroline Achaintre and Martin Herbert will discuss the following questions:
– The revolution of Achaintre’s work through both thematics/subject matter and practical considerations relating to materials
– The importance of the carnivalesque as a theme
– The notion of the works as entities, and how the viewer might interpret and complete them
– How and why the art world has increasingly accommodated craft techniques and textiles
– How Achaintre synthesises the diverse influences in her work, and why she chooses them
– Achaintre’s use of humour and absurdism.

Caroline Achaintre, born in Toulouse (FR) in 1969 and brought up in Nuremberg (DE), lives and works in London. She works across a diverse range of media that includes textiles, ceramics, prints and watercolours, using techniques typically associated with the applied arts. Her work is colourful and potent, evoking the subversive spirit of Carnival and creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playful and absurd. Citing German Expressionism, post-war British sculpture and Primitivism as influences, her work also makes reference to more contemporary sub-cultural strands of sci-fi, the Goth-metal scene, psychedelia and horror films.

Exhibitions
2018 (upcoming) Fantomas, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (UK). 2017 Escaner, Museo del Alabado, Quito. Caroline Achaintre, FRAC Champagne- Ardenne, Reims (FR). 2016 Caroline Achaintre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK). 2015 Caroline Achaintre, Tate Britain, London.

Publications
Ann Dressen, Zoe Gray, Emma Dean: Caroline Achaintre exhibition catalogue, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and FRAC – Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Champagne-Ardenne, Reims 2016.

www.carolineachaintre.com

 
Portrait photo Caroline Achaintre