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Ghislain Brown-Kossi's work aims to understand how individuals interact with each other and how social relationships are transformed. As time passes he wonders if, as a society, we will break the walls and barriers between our diverse communities.

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Artist Statement

Sociology is the study of the relationships, actions and social representations by which societies are formed. My work aims to understand how individuals interact with each other and how social relationships are transformed. My different works draw a parallel on the mechanisms that govern relationships between individuals. I study social phenomena and behaviors but also the evolution of our society in the way of communicating. My work is a constant search for the best way to interpret the ideas that I have about myself and the world in which I live. I don’t limit myself to using just one medium because inspiration and ideas can change but the concept remains the same. Each piece I create is simultaneously an extension of the past where I come from and what I learned, but also a glimpse of my future work. Using paintings, photos, sculptures or even canvas prints, my work examines the world in perpetual motion.

Are We Still Together?

Vancouver-based French artist Ghislain Brown-Kossi’s exhibition addresses the troubling obstacles that emerge in ourselves and in our relationships as we become more dependent on technology to provide connection. Our devices enable us to converse with people all over the world, but such correspondence has not necessarily enriched our lives. We are often alone on our side of the screen, integrated blindly into a global web of relations. The interconnection and freedom marked by the “i-Epoch” often leads to feelings of disconnection and loneliness, enhanced by other perceived divisions in religion, politics, race, class, and so on. The pieces in Are We Still Together interrogate the unifying role symbolism plays as a means of truth telling. Across history, symbols have distilled complex phenomena into seemingly simple ideas, breaking barriers of language, faith, or conflict. Brown-Kossi’s symbolic portraits invite considerations of the challenges implicit in modern modes of communication, asking us to contemplate the ways we might build dialogue in our communities. His remarkable portraits draw on familiar graphics and contrasting blocks of soft and bright colours to suggest new ways we might see one another, breaking the walls that reinforce estrangement. Through his symbolic icons and harmonized colour palettes, his work reminds us of the necessity for people to be united with one another. Across the distance erected not only by space but also by misunderstandings about our differences, we must concentrate on unity, mutual recognition, and connection.

L'exposition de l'artiste français Ghislain Brown-Kossi, basée à Vancouver, aborde les obstacles troublants qui émergent en nous-mêmes et dans nos relations alors que nous devenons de plus en plus dépendants de la technologie pour établir des liens. Nos appareils nous permettent de converser avec des gens du monde entier, mais une telle correspondance n'a pas nécessairement enrichi nos vies. Nous sommes souvent seuls de notre côté de l'écran, intégrés aveuglément dans un réseau mondial de relations. L'interconnexion et la liberté marquées par la «i-Epoch» conduisent souvent à des sentiments de déconnexion et de solitude, renforcés par d'autres divisions perçues dans la religion, la politique, la race, la classe, etc. Les pièces de Are We Still Together interrogent le rôle unificateur que joue le symbolisme comme moyen de dire la vérité. À travers l'histoire, les symboles ont distillé des phénomènes complexes en idées apparemment simples, brisant les barrières de la langue, de la foi ou des conflits. Les portraits symboliques de Brown-Kossi invitent à la réflexion sur les défis implicites des modes de communication modernes, nous demandant d’envisager les moyens de construire le dialogue dans nos communautés. Ses portraits remarquables s'appuient sur des graphiques familiers et des blocs contrastés de couleurs douces et vives pour suggérer de nouvelles façons de se voir, brisant les murs qui renforcent l'éloignement. À travers ses icônes symboliques et ses palettes de couleurs harmonisées, son travail nous rappelle la nécessité pour les gens d'être unis les uns aux autres. À travers la distance érigée non seulement par l'espace mais aussi par des malentendus sur nos différences, nous devons nous concentrer sur l'unité, la reconnaissance mutuelle et la connexion.

Bibou Eyes 36"x48" Acrylic on Canvas $600.00
Symbôle 1 36"x36" Acrylic on Canvas $850.00
Symbôle 2 36"x36" Acrylic on Canvas $850.00
Downtown 3 36"x36" Acrylic on Canvas $800.00
Downtown 4 36"x36" Acrylic on Canvas $800.00

His paintings are very colorful he draws bubbles with symbols, mantra or funny faces. We are in the world of technologies now lot of our interactions go through a smart phone or a computer and his art is the result of contemplative reflections of our world. (excerpt from biography)

Bibou Series - Bleu 1; Bleu 2; Cream 1; Cream 2; Jaune 1; Jaune 2; Orange 1; Orange 2; Vert 1; Vert 2; Violet 1; Violet 2; each piece is 24"x24" Acrylic on Canvas $400.00
My work is a constant search for the best way to interpret the ideas that I have about myself and the world in which I live. I don’t limit myself to using just one medium because inspiration and ideas can change but the concept remains the same.

Ghislain Brown-Kossi

Biography

Ghislain Brown-Kossi has been always surrounded by Art and Fashion since his childhood in France. His father made a move in California when he was young for study marketing and his mother was a fashion stylist. Ghislain grew up with these two sides but as a child he didn't know how to deal with them. After his studies in Fashion business he worked for a while for different fashion company in Paris and also he was manager for a French luxury house at Le Bon Marche and Galleries Lafayette Haussman. Simultaneously he was developing his penchant for art, during his free time, spending his time between contemporary museums and photoshoot as a fashion stylist. In January 2017 he moved to Vancouver, where he always wanted to live here since 2009. Since he got here he's focusing his new career in art, eclectic artist he uses several mediums for his global art. The human being has many faces and Ghislain aims to explore his own through his creativity. His paintings are very colorful he draws bubbles with symbols, mantra or funny faces. We are in the world of technologies now lot of our interactions go through a smart phone or a computer and his art is the result of contemplative reflections of our world. We are surrounded by messages, logo, advertising but we don't take time to make the difference between what is good or bad for us. His art is a kind of positive vibe, there is a secret message into it. Everyone can pick something, the imagination/ inspiration of Ghislain comes from spiritual readings, manga, BD, movies animation, life, nature and of course fashion. Inspiration for him is everywhere and we could just take a look and see the beauty in our giant universe.

Are We Still Together?

This show has been presented as a live exhibition installed in the gallery and a digital exhibition for viewing online. Ghislain Brown-Kossi's virtual Artist Talk streams live to Facebook on January 21, 2021. The gallery is open for in-person visits and artwork is available for purchase in person or over the phone 1-(604)-931-2008. See PoMoArts website for Gallery hours and our COVID 19 Safety Plan.

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