Installation view at 7 East 14th Street @ ChaShaMa

Installation view at 7 East 14th Street @ ChaShaMa

Installation view at 7 East 14th Street @ ChaShaMa

Installation view at 7 East 14th Street @ ChaShaMa

Installation view at 7 East 14th Street @ ChaShaMa

Installation view at 7 East 14th Street @ ChaShaMa

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Strychnos Nux-vomica (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper, in wood frame

45.50h x 32w in
115.57h x 81.28w cm

ADC186

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Arum maculatum (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper, in wood frame

45.50h x 32w in
115.57h x 81.28w cm

ADC187

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Symphytum Officinale (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper, in wood frame

45.50h x 32w in
115.57h x 81.28w cm

ADC188

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Saccus Arboreus (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16.50h x 10.50w in
41.91h x 26.67w cm

ADC168

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Malum Arvanum (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16h x 10.50w in
40.64h x 26.67w cm

ADC169

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Epidendron (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16.50h x 10.50w in
41.91h x 26.67w cm

ADC170

 

This work was created on a page from a manuscript from 1783, titled "Histoire naturelle du règne végétal" written by Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz, a French botanist who was also interested in the treatment of melancholy and recommended music as therapy. He travelled throughout his native Lorraine and published a 13-volume of "Histoire naturelle" of the province. Some of the books he published are : Mémoire sur la manière de guérir la mélancolie par la musique, 1768; Médecine rurale et pratique, or Pharmacopée végétale et indigène, 1768; Herbier ou collection des plantes médicinales de la Chine d’apres un manuscrit peint et unique qui se trouve dans la Bibliothèque de l’Empereur de Chine, 1781; L’art alimentaire ou méthode pour préparer les aliments les plus sains pour l’homme, 1783; Dictionnaire des plantes, arbres et arbustes de la République, 1785.

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Arum Maculatum (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

18.50h x 11.50w in
46.99h x 29.21w cm

ADC173

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Rheum Palmatum (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

18.50h x 11w in
46.99h x 27.94w cm

ADC175

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Juglans Regia (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

18.50h x 11w in
46.99h x 27.94w cm

ADC176

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Ekebergia (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

12h x 9w in
30.48h x 22.86w cm

ADC177

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Melastoma, Villosa (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

10.50h x 8w in
26.67h x 20.32w cm

ADC178

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Commelina Hexandra (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16h x 11w in
40.64h x 27.94w cm

ADC179

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Anemone and Narcissus (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

8.50h x 5w in
21.59h x 12.70w cm

ADC180

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Rose and Jasmine (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

8h x 5w in
20.32h x 12.70w cm

ADC181

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Don Quixote of La Mancha Returns to Nature (Botanica Magnifica), 2017

ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper

19h x 11.50w in
48.26h x 29.21w cm

ADC160

 

This work was created on a page from a manuscript from 1783, titled "Histoire naturelle du règne végétal" written by Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz, a French botanist who was also interested in the treatment of melancholy and recommended music as therapy. He travelled throughout his native Lorraine and published a 13-volume of "Histoire naturelle" of the province. Some of the books he published are : Mémoire sur la manière de guérir la mélancolie par la musique, 1768; Médecine rurale et pratique, or Pharmacopée végétale et indigène, 1768; Herbier ou collection des plantes médicinales de la Chine d’apres un manuscrit peint et unique qui se trouve dans la Bibliothèque de l’Empereur de Chine, 1781; L’art alimentaire ou méthode pour préparer les aliments les plus sains pour l’homme, 1783; Dictionnaire des plantes, arbres et arbustes de la République, 1785.

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Ligulatae (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

8h x 5w in
20.32h x 12.70w cm

ADC182

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Associatae (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

8h x 5w in
20.32h x 12.70w cm

ADC183

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Radiatae (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

8h x 5w in
20.32h x 12.70w cm

ADC184

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Urtica Dioica (Botanica Magnifica), 2017

ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper

19h x 12w in
48.26h x 30.48w cm

ADC161

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Curcubita Pepo (Botanica Magnifica), 2017

nk, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16.50h x 10.50w in
41.91h x 26.67w cm

ADC162

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Jambolana (Botanica Magnifica), 2017

nk, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16.50h x 10.50w in
41.91h x 26.67w cm

ADC163

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Cucumis Anguria (Botanica Magnifica), 2017

nk, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16.50h x 10.50w in
41.91h x 26.67w cm

ADC164

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

The Botanist (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

nk, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

15.50h x 10.50w in
39.37h x 26.67w cm

ADC165

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Hibiscus Abelmoschus (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

nk, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

ADC166

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Eugenia Malaccensis (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

nk, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

16.50h x 10.50w in
41.91h x 26.67w cm

ADC167

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Symphytum Officinale (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

18.50h x 11.50w in
46.99h x 29.21w cm

ADC171

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Strychnos Nux Vomica (Botanica magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

18.50h x 11.50w in
46.99h x 29.21w cm

ADC172

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

Curcuma Zerumbet Roxb (Botanica Magnifica), 2018

ink, watercolor, wax and color pencils on paper

18.50h x 11.50w in
46.99h x 29.21w cm

ADC174

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC BOTANICA MAGNIFICA

presented by Silas von Morisse

@ 7 East 14th St - ChaShaMa (Space to Present)

November 18 – 26, 2018

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC  BOTANICA MAGNIFICA

November 18 - 24, 2018 

Opening Reception Sunday Nov 18, 4  - 6 PM

 

ChaShaMa (Space to Present)

7 East 14th Street 

New York City, NY 10003

 

Open hours 

Wednesday: 12 - 6pm
Thurday: 12 - 6pm
Friday: 12 - 6pm
Saturday: 12 - 6pm 

 

Silas von Morisse is pleased to present Alexis de Chaunac second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be held at ChaShaMa (Space to Present) 7 East 14th Street.

 

Alexis de Chaunac, Botanica Magnifica. In this new body of work, de Chaunac draws his inspiration from the natural world, collecting insects, plants and minerals in the spirit of the naturalists.  A passion since childhood which has evolved in urging the artist to name, label and classify the world around him. 

 

De Chaunac paints and draws on top of original French botanical engravings from the 18th and 19th century, giving new life to these enigmatic herbariums, custodians of naturalistic illustrations of typified plants.  His process introduces subtle forms and colors that give new meaning to the material while keeping visible the original illustration and the accurate name of each plant. De Chaunac likes to combine scientific rigor through observation with a sense of fantasy and optical illusion: among the plants, camouflaged human faces and symbiotic relationships with these extremely complex beings emerge. Studies in neuroscience show that neurons connect with each other within our brain  just as plants. Those neurological gardens reflect our own personality, mood and energy. Plants not only beautify our planet, they provide oxygen and have exceptional nutritional and medicinal qualities. Because of their infinite variety of colors, shapes and flavors, they are essential ingredients in gastronomy. Some plants are less innocent, as they are hallucinogenic and can even be deadly because of the potency of their poison. As we absorb them, they undergo a transformation and display their properties within our bodies. Each work in this new series correspond to these inner reactions.

 

Alexis de Chaunac draws from nature, literature, religion, mythology, art history, politics, and his own multicultural background to produce exuberant, mixed-media drawings. He describes drawing as “a transcendental language that anyone can understand.” He works often with ink because of its fluidity, producing rich, multilayered works filled with faces and laden with cultural references. His own artistic rendering of humanity comes from literature. He claims influences from the Scriptures to great epics and all the way to Beat Generation writers such as William S. Burroughs. Referring to his practice as contemporary myth making, he takes archetypes such as Oedipus, Jesus Christ or Dante “working out of them to explore the primitive aspects of human nature”.

 

 

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC  (French-Mexican, b. 1991 in New York, NY, lives and works in New York). Born in New York and raised between Mexico City and Paris, de Chaunac grew up drawing in the studio of his grandfather – renowned Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas.  He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, NY and has had a few solo museum exhibitions in Mexico at Museo Iconografico del Quijote, Guanajuato, Mexico (2014) and Pinacoteca Diego Rivera (2015). 

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE GALLERY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKS

Press

VANITY FAIR ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC
October 2017
CHASHAMA (Space to Present) @ 7 East 14th St
WHITEWALL ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC: A DANCE WITH LIFE AND DEATH by Katy Donoghue, October 19, 2015
WHITEHOT MAGAZINE, A Dance with Life & Death: ART 3 Interview by Jeffrey Grunthaner, October 2015
CULTURAL SERVICES OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY, ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC FIRST SOLO SHOW, September 16 - October 25, 2015
EYES IN Magazine, Dance With Life & Death at Hypnotic NYC Exhibition, Alexis de Chaunac's Breathtaking Exhibition Explores Life & Death
EN CONTACTO Alexis de Chaunac invoca a la deidad y a lo bestial con Mala Sangre, by Daniela Severino, May 8, 2015
HARPER'S BAZAAR MEXICO Alexis de Chaunac inaugura la exposición "Mala Sangre / Bestiario en Veracruz
IMAGEN DE VERACRUZ | GALERIA | ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC presenta su 'Bestiario' y 'Mala Sangre' by Laura Haddad, May 18, 2015
VERACRUZ Exhibe IVEC Mala Sangre / Bestiario, en Pinacoteca Diego Rivera
DIARIO AZ Xalapa veracruz, Continua la Exposición Mala Sangre / Bestiario de Alexis de Chaunac
VANIDADES Se inaugura en Veracruz la Exposición Mala Sangre / Bestiario de Alexis de Chaunac, May 2015