Olivier Foulon was born in 1976. He currently lives in Berlin (Germany). Suchan Kinoshita was born in 1960. She currently lives in Brussels (Belgium).
While both artists have been developing their own practices for many years, they have also worked together on several projects.
These include Tokonoma, a collaborative work begun at Suchan Kinoshita’s instigation. Started in 2012, it consists of a structure made of a diagonal line connecting and supporting vertical and parallel planes that allows guest artists to intervene—Olivier Foulon being one of them. This complex installation sought to create interconnected exhibition layers, a sequence of constant interruptions and transitions that explore the various physical and conceptual spaces of an artwork.
Two years later, while the artists were both in New York to present a new version of Tokonoma, they used their residency at the Goethe-Institut to initiate joint painting sessions. Working side by side, they took a specific work by Belgian painter Walter Swennen as a “starting point”: his painting Cigarette (2014) which had just been sold and therefore could not become part of Tokonoma NY. A selection of this series would later be exhibited in the Biennial of Painting (2020) at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium, and was then named Karaoke Paintings.
These two examples reflect the intersections of Foulon’s and Kinoshita’s distinctive practices with regard to several crucial issues, such as artistic collaboration and transmission, the passages from one medium to another, and the questioning of the artist’s role.
Olivier Foulon’s recent shows include Pollock Power, Clages, Cologne, 2022; Le soleil sonne, Nadja Vilenne, Liège, 2021; Share, VIS, Hamburg, 2019. He is represented by Clages Gallery in Cologne, Nadja Vilenne Gallery in Liège, and dépendance in Brussels.
Suchan Kinoshita’s recent shows include Architektonische Psychodramen, PAKT, Amsterdam, 2022; On Celestian Bodies, Arter, Istanbul, 2021; Risquons-Tout, Wiels, Brussels, 2020. She is represented by Nadja Vilenne Gallery in Liège, Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, and Hidde van Seggelen Gallery in Hamburg.