Art Basel: Jean Corliano, Doping Trophy


Italian artist Jean Corliano premiers a new series of paintings called Doping Trophy. This series ironically refers to the athlete’s perfect image and his never ending quest to celebrity.

In Ancient Grece sculptors represented the exact moment of the physical effort of the sportsman: the “Discobolus” ready to throw his disc, the ”Doryphorus“ clinging to his spear. Full-sized nude figures showing the perfection of their naked bodies.

“My series instead deciphers their chemical nudity, priviledging the infinitesimals, the dissected body and most of all the analysis of the molecules of the doping products.” he said.

3Thanks to these molecules, these chemical additions, it’s possible to make more money and win gold medals. It’s a perpetual challenge, a continuous battle to the top; some sportive managers are even envisaging to select new born babies because of their genetic capacities and make them the top athletes of the future.

These molecules can increase capacities thus transforming a quite normal athlete into a champion; the molecule then becomes synonymous of victories; an easy way to acquire fame for oneself and for one’s country! Doping comes out in the open and becomes a symbol of victory.

Along with the series about doping in sports comes the series about recreative doping. Here all kinds of medical molecules are represented: legal, illegal, toxic and complex molecules that are losing their shape, exploding or disappearing in the pure whiteness of a simple chemical landscape.

IMG_9641Corliano was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1971. Presently he is living and working in Miami Beach drawing his inspiration from the highs and lows of the human condition complete with all its blemishes, violence, addictions and pain.

His paintings unlike the concepts to which they’re referring have a sweet and innocent side; The picture remains totally aesthetic, ironical but nevertheless deceitful.

Already in his Landscape series he develops a more physical relation with his paintings: he applies several layers of paint, scratches and pounces his canvas and then again,gently adds another layer. Under a layer there’s another one ;one layer covering another one.. just like in all living beings: in life itself! His paintings are the reflection of his way of thinking.

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