Meet the Artists
Carles Valverde considers himself a sculptor, but his practices may embrace painting as well. He likes to combine the diversity of parts and the unity of the whole. From monumental pieces in metal to paintings, from drawings to installations: harmony must be found in everything. Minimal and linear forms characterize his universe to the fullest. Defined as a builder of space, the artist remains faithful to his style, described as austere, but also enjoys experimenting with materials and techniques. He offers animated and playful installations that provide an extension in space and time as well as static sculptures.
In Switzerland, his creations can be found at EPFL, Bex & Arts, the Louis Moret Foundation, and in several galleries and private collections. He also participates in exhibitions in Spain, Poland and Germany and, since spring 2018, at the Château de Vullierens.
A Venetian resident for more than a year, Guillon loves his city through and through. A complete care which emerges, among other things, in his desire to work with local artisans. Since 2013, the artist has been deeply fascinated by the precious traditions that make up the identity of Murano glassmaking; he has been producing works of art in collaboration with renowned local master glassmakers ever since. Not only glass: Guillon’s latest creations are produced together with local craftsmen. Bronze and brass are the materials which recently brought his research to imagine new shapes, now part of the artist’s well-known repertoire. New experiments, then, always faithful to the heritage of Donald Judd and the American Minimalists so dear to Guillon, leading the artist to conceive imposing yet delicate cubist metamorphosis.
In the context of the exhibition, Fondation Valmont is entirely dedicating the room 5 to Gayle with the site-specific installation Atlantis. This artwork represents the mythical landscape as a city created and carved out of semi-opaque, used, plastic food packaging, collected from people who live in London, and links to concerns about waste and the environment.
In 2002 she created Simon Super Rabbit, published by l’École des Loisirs and translated into numerous languages, before being adapted into a cartoon in 2016.
Since 2018, Stephanie Blake has been creating clay sculptures that she immortalises in bronze, Indian ink sketches on Japanese paper, and large coloured canvases. Beneath their crude, naive and spontaneous exteriors, Stephanie Blake’s works paradoxically reveal a delicate, poetic… even obvious side.
In the Guillon family, art is a family story.
From an early age Valentine inspired her father, as in the story of Ivo the gorilla, which became one of the artist's icons.
For Peter Pan. La nécessité du rêve, Didier challenges his youngest daughter, sharing with her his perception of Peter Pan and leaving space to the teenager's imagination.
The Guillon combo exchanges under Didier's impulsion. Valentine brings her young touch to the sequence of images.... giving birth to an imaginary world, yet so real.
Father and daughter are on the same wavelength to create Blessing in Disguise.