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Crossing the Line 2011: FIAF Fall Festival Trailer

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“One of the fall’s most exciting and thought provoking performance events”
—New York Times (2010)

The fifth edition of Crossing the Line, the annual fall festival of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), hits NYC September 17–October 16, 2011. Check back here for up-to-the-minute details and information. Full website and ticket sales will launch August 1.


Crossing the Line is conceived as a platform to present vibrant new developments in artistic practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, the fifth annual edition of this transdisciplinary, genre-defying festival of contemporary arts provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and participant; to examine how artists help re-imagine the world around us; and to engage with the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.

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July 11, 2011 at 19:02

Amelie Chabannes Fragments Galerie Hussenot Paris

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June 27, 2011 at 01:47

Opening Reception: Vast | Amelie Chabannes Saturday Feb. 27, 7:00 PM

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stephan stoyanov gallery
29 orchard street new york ny 10002  212 343 4240

STEPHAN STOYANOV GALLERY is pleased to present, Vast, a solo exhibition by Amelie Chabannes.


Reception: Saturday, February 27th, 7-9pm

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Amelie Chabannes continues her investigation into the monumental topic of identity.  “Vast” follows her 2008 exhibition at Luxe Gallery entitled “My Portrait of Your Identity”. With the current title, the artist is front and center concerning the scope of her limitless topic.  Vast conjures up endless vistas, the great sun lit expanse.  Chabannes describes, “vast” as directly referring to Baudelaire, whose use of this word imparted the “immensity of the intimate”, which the artist molds and coaxes into the “intensity of the intimate being”.  In this exhibition, as in 2008, Chabannes places herself in the hotspot of her inquiries, as well as, taking the view from the outside and often intermingling the two, allowing the viewer a glimpse at the vacillating, vague and often counterintuitive aspects of defining the individual.

Chabannes employs sculpture, drawing, video and installation in her entangled enterprise.  All of these offerings have an outspoken tactility, pushing the viewer’s awareness of the works as physical objects and yet, all the while, whispering about our interior, delicately grinding away at our psychology.   Referencing the grandeur of the landscape, she builds her pieces mimicking the earth’s processes: fossilization, stratification, glaciation, often using topography, maps and measures.  These processes, in turn, quote the layered, multivalent complexities and tectonic shifts of the subconscious and yet simultaneously, oppose it.  The wide-open world vs. tiny private thoughts, which we well know are not so tiny.  The artist gets at fractured and disrupted identity with several installations and the drawings, “ Oskar, Alma And I #1 and #2”.  Oskar Kokoschka was a major Austrian painter who forlornly constructed a doll of his ex-mistress, Alma, to combat his grief over her absence.  Chabannes creates dolls, decayed and aged, embedded within a reconstituted emotional land mass, showing the history of a violent impact on the psyche as the revelatory rings inside a tree’s trunk.  The artist’s face flickers in and out of the drawn portraits of Oskar and Alma, the interplay confessing her sympathies and own personal disruptions as if a geological remnant.

The artist hints at the complications that arise when rigid categories, inferring technical or bureaucratic systems, are forced upon ever-shifting entities, such as ourselves.   In “Anthropometric Self Portrait”, a glass-encased head juts out from the wall.  The unobstructed face is partitioned on its surface with official, yet officious looking circles and measurements.  A similarly constructed sculpture, “Self Portrait Dream”, is ensconced in a spinous charcoal latticework, obscuring the entire top half of the head.   Chabannes very physically posits our clear-eyed definitions against our mind’s eye, the inept category trying to surround the labyrinth.  Chabannes subjects squirm and mutate underneath, yet in defiance of miniscule designations and inescapable histories, bristling at reduction.  In the age of internet profiles and downloadable status, she seems to be tempting us to cherish our right not to fit in.

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Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is located on the Lower East Side at 29 Orchard Street between Hester & Canal. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11am until 6pm, and Sundays Noon until 6pm.

For more information, call (212) 343 4240 or email:

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February 23, 2010 at 21:13

Marie Maillard Opening at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (Luxe)

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Last night was amazing! The new Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (aka Luxe) on Orchard street is an incredible space. Nestled in on the first block of Orchard above Canal, on arrival, the street was glowing with art lovers and the artists whom they adore. The opening of Marie Maillard was beautiful, hypnotic and exceptional. The clear blue light and stunning imagery mixed with ethereal sounds produced a feeling of floating on a cloud, made just for you. After this initial transformation, the gallery space leads you down the stairs to the “secret” second gallery where the contrasts are strong. Brick walls, industrial appliances and a crowd that rivals any speakeasy in the time of prohibition. The cozy, homespun, creative feeling encountered brings us to a different time. A different feeling. A place where the art speaks to each of us and provides us with a much needed break from the white walls of the outside scene. Enjoy!

This opening was part of the Crossing The Line FestivalLuxe Gallery (new location)
29 Orchard Street, [MAP]
Between Hester & Canal St.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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September 10, 2009 at 15:14

LUXE/ STEPHAN STOYANOV GALLERY – New Space/ New Exhibition/ New Beginnings

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LUXE/ STEPHAN STOYANOV GALLERY   29 Orchard  Street, New York, NY 10002 M: 646 407 2932  

Luxe Gallery has moved and is changing its name. Having vacated its Stanton Street premises, the gallery is now located at 29 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, where its collaboration with the French Institute Alliance Francaise—Marie Maillard’s Wall 0909—is currently on view. At the conclusion of the show, the gallery will take the name of its director of seven years, Stephan Stoyanov, and resume its program of group and solo shows of gallery artists.

Please join the gallery for it’s inaugural reception celebrating Marie Maillard’s exhibition WALL 0909 on Wednesday September 9th from 6 until 8pm at 29 Orchard Street between Hester and Canal on the Lower East Side.

For Immediate Release: 

Marie Maillard 
« WALL 0909 » 
At a time of radical evolution in our information society, Marie Maillard transcribes the futures of an image that suddenly emerges in reality in order to reshape it. She anticipates the consequences of virtual reality’s intrusion in the day-to-day spaces of our lives. Her artworks test the becoming-image of our realities.
With the new century came the age of the iconocrash. This confrontation between heterogeneous and apparently incompatible regimes of representation is based on an imaging principle at the heart of the functioning of hypermodernity. Reality generates its own representations in a continuous and simultaneous flow. In this context in which the image goes so far as to anticipate the event in order to engender a heightened reality, the frameworks of our lives are reshaped in terms of their physical and perceptual coordinates.
Maillard’s Video-Wallpaper expresses the idea of an inhabitable, enveloping image that moves beyond the screen to take over architectural space. It is no longer an image that is looked at or read but rather an image one inhabits. The image is superimposed over reality, redefining it aesthetically.
The artist’s collaborations with Jean Nouvel display this incorporating of the image into the experience of the contemporary city. The architectural building becomes a disseminator of an image that creates an interaction with its immediate environment while making it part of the atmospheric ambiance. Maillard’s works filter reality live in order to give back a representation of it that is informed by digital protocols.
A similar effect appears in her photographs, where the pixels are stretched and elongated one by one to produce an extruded image, like an acceleration of iconic cells, offering a representation of the new digital horizon.
Maillard’s chair and table sculptures seem to be infected with a virus generating the proliferation of bubbles on their surfaces, like a swelling of the object that reveals the vitality of the atoms composing it.
Through these intrusions of an image that is endowed with an intelligence all its own, Marie Maillard introduces a doubt into our understanding of what distinguishes virtualities from realities. Welcome to the enigma of the virtual.
Pascal Beausse

Romina Djelosevic
Gallery Manager

Luxe/ Stephan Stoyanov Gallery
29 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
T: 646 407 2932
M: 310 877 6904

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September 8, 2009 at 13:50

Crossing the Line Festival FIAF – You Need TO Go

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Crossing the Line
FIAF Fall Festival 2009
Sept 12–Oct 3

• View Event Lineup
• Watch Festival Trailer
• Download Brochure (pdf)

The third edition of Crossing the Line 2009, FIAF’s annual fall festival presenting vibrant
new works by a diverse range of artists working in France and New York, opens September 12.
Whether by performing shopping, watching sounds, composing films, or reading movements,
we invite audiences from all walks of life to join in exploring, sensing, and tasting a unique
collection of outstanding new works and experiences—all while discovering new revelations
with each of these truly extraordinary artists.

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August 21, 2009 at 14:31 Crossing the Line 2009 Macy’s

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Crossing the Line, FIAF Fall Festival 2009 presents: Macy’s

Macy’s legendary windows become the site for artists and fashion designers to come together as part of the store’s special ongoing series, Art Under Glass. Eleven French and American artists have been invited to create installations especially for these highly visible showcase windows. This temporary sidewalk gallery will place multimedia displays by these potent young artists in relation to the new, exclusive fusion collection Rachel Rachel Roy. Free and open to the public 24/7, Macy’s windows will take on a whole new life as night falls.

Windows will feature the work of: AIDS-3D, Olivier Babin, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Marie Losier/Aya Kakeda, Marie Maillard /Amelie Chabannes, Sarah Ortmeyer, Shoplifter, Agathe Snow/Rita Ackerman, Visual System, Nick van Woert, and Michael L. Yinger.

Tuesday, September 8–Thursday, September 17, 2009
Macy’s Herald Square
Co-curated by Julie Boukobza

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August 11, 2009 at 18:55