New York

Corentin Grossmann, Jeux de femmes (Women’s Games), 2018, graphite, colored pencil, and airbrush on paper, 41 1⁄2 × 63".

Corentin Grossmann

OSMOS Address

The graphite drawing The main gate, 2017, welcomed visitors to Corentin Grossmann’s first US exhibition with an architectural fabulation of elephantine columns, ball-shaped ornaments, and massive vaults enclosing depthless shadows. As the title suggested, we were looking at a threshold between two places. Behind the titular structure, the tops of palm trees were silhouetted against the sky, placing us in the tropics. In front was the nebulous gray void of our immediate foreground. The hazy gray scale, flat tonality and grainy surface texture of the drawing unsettled the exoticism of the scenery by creating a sense of disorientation and distance. Were we in a courtyard in some mythical city, looking out at the jungle beyond, or were we outside the gate, looking into a walled garden?

Grossmann, who was born in 1980 in the northeastern French city of Metz and now lives in Brussels, makes

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