One of today’s most recognisable ‘art-brands’, Sylvie Fleury’s work fluently bridges art, fashion, and design. Spanning across a wide range of media – from painting, to sculpture, assemblage, photography and silk screen prints – to showcase some of her most renowned pieces, Fleury’s work flirts shamelessly with subversion, implicating macho-conquest and pop production as a distinctly female domain. Fleury’s subjects blur the everyday and the fantastical – from couture shopping, muscle cars, to nature’s psychotropic bounties – elevating kitsch to opulently luxurious spectacle (and vice versa).

Running throughout the exhibition are three of Fleury’s favourite subjects: gorgeous shoes, fast cars, and 1960s style-icon painting. A series of photographic stills from Fleury’s 2005 video Strange Fire pictures a pair of star-spangly stilettos reducing a sea of glass Christmas tree ornaments to precious-pretty rubble; the carnage of when beauty meets attitude is redoubled in her black marble Chanel Yeti Boots – accompanied by a requisite bronze cast Balenciaga handbag – the epitome of classicism v. well-heeled barbarity. Ash Plumes to the Iron Soul stages a pair of wellies perched atop a smoke filled crate flanked by fronds of feathers in primary hues, elevating statuesque portraiture, with all its parlour room repose, to new smouldering innuendo levels.

Taking their cues from the worlds of fashion and advertising, her abstract and text-based canvases are as much about the exclusive macho codes of painting as the fixating allure of surface.

Her lush Untitled splatter compositions, reminiscent of Pollock’s drizzles, explode in a barrage of Maybelline colours: set against black backgrounds, bursts of concealer beige and eye shadow blue decimate the boundaries between seduction and violence; while in other works, Daniel Buren and Lucio Fontana are each given makeovers: their pop abstractions appropriated and hilariously feminised (or more appropriately, vagazzled). With text paintings from her Miniskirts Are Back series – their fashionista manifesto typeset in horror movie script, emblazoned in cosmetic gloss sheen – Warhol-esque screen prints of Sweet and Low packages, and cuddly fake fur minimalist effigies, Fleury restages pop’s frivolous pose; un-ironically, uncannily levelling the symbolic brand values of beauty, the synthetic, and abjection.

Four large canvases from her Flame series – which have become something of Fleury’s personal logo – set hotrod details ablaze in her signature pink. Following on this automotive theme, her steel panel Crash Tests replicate the format of colour field paintings; dented and warped, their candy hued gloss surfaces reframe modernist elegance as an impetus of seduction and collateral damage. Fleury’s man-eater trump, however, isn’t in hot and fast mechanics, but her oversized fairytale mushrooms: wonderfully trippy, weirdly futuristic, and utterly, erotically, scandalous, their holographic sheen belies a deceptive allure of surface, the very source of Fleury’s own-brand aphrodisiac.

Sylvie Fleury

1961 Born in Geneva, Switzerland
Lives and works in Geneva

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
Your dress is more beautiful, Karma International, Zurich, Switzerland

2015
Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva

2014
Camino del Sol, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris

2013
It Might As Well Rain Until September, Salon 94 Bowery, New York

2012
Do not Think of the Color Blue for Thirty Seconds, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain

2011
Sylvie Fleury, CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain

2010
Written on the Wall II: Astarté’s Cave, Kubus – Kunstraum, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Sylvie Fleury, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Bronzes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2009
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany

2008
Sylvie Fleury – Paillettes et Dépendances ou la fascination du néant, MAMCO, Musée d'Art
Comtemporain de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

2007
Guardian, Montblanc Academy/Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Yes to All, FMAC, Fonds d’Art contemporain de la ville de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Hypnotic Poison, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
High Heels on the Moon, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany

2006
Paris Commissioned, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany/Meredes-Benz Center, Paris, France
Installation permanente, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Video des Monats, Ursula Blickle Videolounge, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
Sylvie Fleury, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Sylvie Fleury – Shilpa Gupta, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Ich möchte alles haben, was gut, ächt und schön ist!, Mozarteum Salzburg, Schwartzstraße/Mozart Wohnhaus, Salzburg, Austria

2005
Yes to All, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
Strange Fire, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2004
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan
Riverside Wall, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
Yes to All, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

2003
Sylvie Fleury, Project Room, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Sylvie Fleury, Sprüth & Magers, Munich, Germany

2002
Sylvie Fleury/H.R. Giger – Beauty and Horror, Kunstpanorama Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Duo – Sylvie Fleury & Erwin Wurm, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Yes to All, Chouakri Brahms Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2001
49000, ZKM, Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Body and the Sin. Art is the Virtue of Communicatione, Convento del Carmen (Bienal Valencia), Valencia, Spain
Ô, Sonje Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Sylvie Fleury, Le Spot, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Le Havre, France
Identity, Pain, Astral Projection, Magasin, Centre National d'Art Centemporain, Grenoble, France

2000
Sylvie Fleury, Elizabeth Cherry Gallery, Tucson, AZ
With J. Armleder, Kunstmuseum Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Hauser & Wirth and Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999
Sylvie Fleury, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen, Germany
Sylvie Fleury, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Sylvie Fleury, Ace Gallery, New York, NY
Sylvie Fleury, Philomene Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany
Sylvie Fleury, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
John Armleder/Sylvie Fleury, Artspace & Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Angela Bulloch/Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
A 011/355, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany

1998
All You Need, Side 2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Life can get heavy, mascara shouldn`t, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK
First Spaceship on Venus and Other Vehicles, 24. Bienal Internacional de Sào Paulo, Suiça, Sào Paulo, Brasil
Hot Heels, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

1997
Módulo – Centro Difusor de Arte, Lissabon, Portugal
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Martin Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
Spring, Galerie Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
Envy, Galerie Rebekka M. Camhi, Athens, Greece
Skin Crimes, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Bedroom Ensemble, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
Is Your Makeup Crashproof?, Postmasters, New York, NY
Ultravivid, Elizabeth Cherry, Tucson, AZ

1996
Sylvie Fleury, Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
First Spaceship on Venus, Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Le Case d`Arte di Pasquale Leccese, Milan, Italy
Sylvie Fleury, Christine König Galerie (mit/with S. Banz), Vienna, Austria
Moisturizing is the answer, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
Sylvie Fleury, ECAL, Lausanne, Switzerland

1995
Sylvie Fleury, Art et Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, TRE, Stockholm, Sweden
Sylvie Fleury, Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France
Sylvie Fleury, Postmasters, New York, NY
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, The Box, Turino, Italy
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen, Germany
Wall Painting on the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1994
Sylvie Fleury, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Sylvie Fleury, La Maison des Jeunes, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
Sylvie Fleury, Gallery Sarah Cottier, Sydney, Australia
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie 121, Antwerp, Belgium
Sylvie Fleury, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Vital Perfection, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, Galerie Emanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
The Art of Survival, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Gilbert Brownstone, Paris, France
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Davide Palludetto, Turino, Italy
The Art of Survival/Baby Doll Lounge, mit / with Angela Bulloch, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK

1992
Sylvie Fleury, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Martigny, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris, France
Sylvie Fleury, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Art et Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Porte-Avion, Marseille, France

1991
Vital Perfection, Galerie Philomene Magers, Bonn, Germany
Sylvie Fleury, Galerie Rivolta, Lausanne, Switzerland

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