First exhibition in France of Michael Bevilacqua at pact Gallery, Paris - On view until July 31

Published by: pact Gallery | 7-Jul-2016
In his most recent body of work, Michael Bevilacqua acts as a collector of images and memories. By layering, combining, improving and erasing images, to the point of creating new content, the thirteen paintings presented in Paris refer to the way we use and manipulate softwares and networks that have changed of way of living, working and thinking -Internet, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc-. The blank white canvas has been replaced by black gesso or a computer detached image printed; and through it, with fun, Big Brother keeps watching over everyone of us spreading our intimacy and controlling the database of our lives, under a more refined microscope. Spies are definitely in the wire. Bevilacqua's process is intuitive, responding to the disintegration of the digital image with paint, allowing for a human touch in a world dominated by screens. #galeriepact @galerie_pact
Venue: pact Gallery
Address: 70 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris
Date: from June 2 to July 31, 2016
The exhibition borrows its title from Cabaret Voltaire's song "Spies in the wire", one of the Michael Bevilacqua's favorite songs, which band's name is inspired by the historical meeting point of artists at the Dada period in Zurich.

Since the serie started with music, the exhibition is enriched with a musical layer, thanks to a pact between the media artist and composer BANREI & Michael Bevilacqua. Indeed, the two artists have imagined a sound piece together, composed by BANREI, based on the song « Spies in the wire » from Cabaret Voltaire. This composition will play during the exhibition, enriching Michael Bevilacqua's digital paintings with its singular vision and similar creative process: the two artists' practices yet respond one to each other in constructing content while erasing it, destroying it and adding extra elements to reinterprete it.
// Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate //

Michael Bevilacqua was born in Carmel, California, in 1966. He attended Long Beach State University and Santa Barbara City College, later continuing his studies at the Cambridge College of Art and Technology in Great Britain. He has exhibited his work internationnaly at Jacob Lewis, New York ; Deitch Projects, New York ; Peter Amby Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark ; Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York ; Kravetz Wehby Gallery, New York ; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Palais de Tokyo, Paris ; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens ; Louisana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark ; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA. His work can be found in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Banrei, the artist name of Jake Harper, is a composer and media artist, born in 1988, based in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, Banrei's work prompts questions of field, perception and duration. Live performance and installation are used to frame a kind of ritual, within which audiences are asked to ponder subtle transformations of space and become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.Ultimately, Banrei seeks to break apart the notion of the living being as a discreet object. The ritual draws the listener out, to rediscover themselves as a vibrating fabric containing multitudes. Jake Harper has performed and exhibited work at venues around the world including the New Museum, the Centre Pompidou, Lille Fantastique, MuCEM, and the National Gallery of China. Since 2013, he has been working with sound and site-specific installation under the name Banrei. In 2015, he founded Public Decibel, a sonic architecture firm whose aim is to solve placemaking and urban design challenges through sound.

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