Lyès: Energy Of Life

Dates:
10 January - 15 February, 2019
Location

Method & Concept 10th Street South Suite 112, Naples, FL 34102

After five years as Thomas Riley Studio, the Naples-based gallery, art consultancy and design atelier recognized for exhibiting innovative artists across all mediums, is now METHOD & CONCEPT. On Thursday, January 10, 2019, METHOD & CONCEPT will debut “Energy of Life” by French visual artist Lyès. The exhibition will feature six “wall-source” sculptures that explore the manifestations of energy in the world. An artist reception will take place at the gallery, located at 26 10th St S, Naples, FL, on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. “Energy of Life” will be on view through Friday, February 15, 2019.

Inspired by quantum physics and Zen philosophies, energy is omnipresent in Lyès work. The six monumental, circular sculptures are hypotonic, large-scale fusions of acrylic and aluminum that represent the interconnectedness of the world—both literally and metaphorically. Steeped in spirituality associated with Mindfulness, Lyès sculptures are abstract tools that captivate viewers and help facilitate a heightened level of consciousness. The artist borrows from a range of traditions and art movements including Minimalism, Abstract Art, Conceptual Art, with nods to James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson.

Works in the exhibition include Eternal CocoonUnion and Inner Infinity. Eternal Cocoon is a series of three interconnected, shimmering colored disks that use optical illusions to manipulate the viewers’ gaze. The silky textures and tonal nuance imbue a sense of peace and tranquility. Union takes on an identical structure but in vibrant royal blue, complimenting Eternal Cocoon’s warmth with a calm, yet inviting glow. Inner Infinity consists of two monochromatic disks—one black and one white that join together with shades of gray. The separation and ultimate intersection of the two tones demonstrate a cyclical quandary, that is, the ongoing dilemma humans face when trying to claim a place and position in the world. Lyès created this piece to reflect on the inner dialogue of humankind, the complementarity between good or bad.

“Energy Of Life” and Lyès’ larger artistic practice and Mindful spirituality offers a calm, optimistic counterbalance to the chaos in the world. His sculptures invite viewers to pause, think and appreciate the positive energy surrounding us all.

About Lyès
Lyès (b. 1978) lives and works between France and Hong Kong. Inspired by quantum physics and Zen philosophies, his work celebrates life and energy in the universe. He uses painting, photography, light and installation, often with a prediction for monumental artworks, to discover, enhance and demonstrate the magic, mystery and natural forces present everywhere. Feeling connected to the world, and wanting to act positively, Lyès joined the Social and Solidarity economy movement, and in 2012 created the Source Project. He aims to spread love, joy and Mindfulness.

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape, placing monumental public art at The Collective and Sugden-Gomez building at Baker Park. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.

As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.