June 12th through July 24th, 2014
The Galerie Da-End is pleased to present Locus Amoenus, the second solo exhibition between its walls of French artist Cendrine Rovini (b. 1971).

Filled with animist thought and a spirituality born from dreams, Cendrine Rovini’s artworks depict a pastoral and fertile world where ethereal nymphs, shape shifting creatures and an abundant vegetation congregate.

Throughout the body of works on paper, wood or sheet displayed at the gallery, the artist visually transposes her imaginary memories of the locus amoenus, this « agreeable place »  described since Antiquity in the Greco-Roman literature and where the souls of the living come to rest. She therefore makes possible the access to memory’s buried places and unwinds, in the course of her brush, the complex skein of her mental landscape.

Land of a disturbing calm, the dreamed Eden she pictures is a world of the strange where unexplainable rituals and resurgences happen in secret...


Also stating interior processes and oscillations, artist Jean-Benoist Sallé invests the project room with his installation, Lever d’Aurore (Crack of Dawn), created especially for the space. Thus, he inaugurates a series of in situ experimentations, through which the visitors will be physically immersed in the artwork.

Using the human body as a semiotic medium, the artist creates organic-shaped textile sculptures which symbolically expose our own interior. Playing with the visible and the invisible, or notions of the attractive and the repulsive, Jean-Benoist Sallé chooses the in-between as his field of investigation. His latest installation allows him to double up this theme with a questioning on fertility and the regeneration of matters.


OPENING RECEPTION on Thursday June 12th, from 6 to 9 pm