Brigade is pleased to present the opening of ‘Night Emails to Friends’, a solo exhibition by French artist Coline Marotta (b. 1991, France). At first sight, the evocative paintings by Coline Marotta seem to be centered around the behavior of the characters, and the effect of light in these seemingly intimate and somewhat self-referential scenes. Spending time with Marotta’s paintings, however, is to see them change. Subtle gestures - a head tilting, the hint of a smile, a bird passing by, rippling waters - move in and out of the viewer's attention, as each painting begins to unfold as an act of seeing and remembering. We sense our dreams before we can speak of them. So it is with the evocative color scheme of Marotta’s paintings; partly composed of burnt orange, pine green, high blue, and blushy reds, it affects us pre-reflectively. Standing in front of Marotta’s paintings, we sense the amorphous figures first because they are red and because they are alive.
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