Gensis Belanger & Raphaëlle Pinoncély
Genesis Belanger – This monograph dedicated to the sculptor Genesis Belanger looks back at the genesis of her practice and offers an analysis of her work.
The book begins with an introduction by curator Amy Smith-Stuart, who presents Genesis Belanger’s work and how she explores gender. A second essay, by curator Leigh Arnold, explores how the artist, influenced by her experience in advertising, uses beauty and desire to enter into a dialogue with the viewer. A third essay is by Éric Troncy
, co-director of the Consortium in Dijon.
The work of Genesis Belanger (born in 1978 in the United States) is characterized by the treatment of objects as substitutes for the body. Sculpted in porcelain and concrete and tinted with melting colors, everyday objects take on human traits, made uncomfortably familiar as they begin to resemble us. Belanger’s still lifes – compositions of furniture, fruit and flowers covered in signs and symbols – are increasingly contextualized by their surroundings, psychologically charged spaces created by the artist. The effect is unsettling, drawing a distinction between comfort and disquiet, the beautiful and the strange.
In 2019, Belanger created an installation in the window of the New Museum, New York. In May 2020, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, presented his first solo exhibition at a major American museum. Belanger was the subject of an exhibition at the Consortium
, Dijon, in 2020.