MAY 15 - JUNE 12

Arms reach from the sides onto the tabletop, various dishes and everyday objects, as well as luxury bags or flowers are seen. Different hands cutting lemons or breaking eggs, holding wine glasses, smoking cigarettes. Vases falling over, cats causing chaos on the table. The setting appears opulent, lively, and above all, it shows community. It's a big mess that in times like this pandemic, exudes an almost painful nostalgia. A utopia, a blissful togetherness with many people. This is how the current series of the French artist Johanna Dumets (*1991) can be marked, in each of which a tabletop filling the image carrier is depicted from a bird's eye view. Painted in the technique as it radiates the scene in its entirety. Quickly placed brushstrokes that do not get lost in details, but rather reinforce the pure forms of the objects and, moreover, convey a promising carelessness through an extremely saturated choice of colors. Through this vivid simplicity, what is depicted also always moves in a humorous, accessible space. 

It is her own narrative and an expressive response to her surroundings that Dumet instinctively brings to the canvas. Her work raises questions of identity, exclusion, and belonging. She works with familiar references and subjects that instinctively engage herself and the viewer. In her table scenes, as well as in her fashion series, which focuses primarily on abstract paintings of luxury handbags, Dumet works with the question of the icons of our time, the consumer behavior associated with them, and further, the role attributions in our society. Nevertheless, her oil paintings are to be seen as a positive affirmation of life. Dumet's approach to work is reminiscent of the expressive, casual painting of the 1980s, shifted to the now. The artist paints self-confidently, fearlessly, and thus joins above all the canon of contemporary women artists who no longer question themselves and their position on the art market, but loudly demand their attention. The title of her first extensive solo exhibition Die Geile Ausstellung leaves no doubt about this. 

Die Geile Ausstellung starts on May 15, 2021 and runs until June 12, 2021 at Galerie Droste Wuppertal, Katernbergerstraße 100, 42115 Wuppertal. 

Unfortunately the exhibition can't be visited due to the current corona situation in Wuppertal. 

A virtual tour of the show will be posted online. 

In addition a catalog will be published for the exhibition, which can be purchased online in our shop.