Bella Vista

Côme Clérino, Noémie Goudal, Adrien Vescovi

Exhibition   Biographies


  • From 13 March to 9 May 2021
  • To be seen from the street
    The shutters will be open Monday to Friday, 11.00-19.00, Saturday and Sunday 14.00-19.00.

Still unable to reopen its doors, Le Grand Café chooses to continue its work of accompaniment and support for artists. And if this cannot be seen from the inside, it will be seen from the outside!

Because we need to open up our imagination
Because we want to rediscover the pleasure of creating and sharing,
A sequence of three different universes is presented in the windows of the art centre for the arrival of spring. It proposes an immobile journey through the artistic practices of Côme Clérino, Noémie Goudal and Adrien Vescovi.

A project to walk past, to stop, to be astonished, to breathe... which shows us that art is only waiting for our gaze, and that when we wish it, the view can remain beautiful.

Côme Clérino

Côme Clérino’s practice conjures up painterly gestures that he applies to disparate substances. He works with raw materials, often drawing on the construction industry, and amalgamates them to create hybrid, almost organic, forms with a particular attention paid to colour. The artist, who describes himself as a painter, uses his favoured ceramic technique to work with the play of transparency, opacity, surface and relief. He exploits the porosity between materials to create environments that are, according to their scale, decorative or even ornamental: kinds of fictional worlds between domestic spaces and exterior places. By bringing a form of preciousness to building materials, a poetry of the everyday arises.

Fenêtre au sol, 2019
Mdf, plywood, polyester plaster, oakum, acrylic resin, white clay, enamel, paraffin, roughcast, polyester resin, polyurethane resin, thermoplastic glue, concrete, tile joint, acrylic mastic, and colored pencil, 99 x 92 x 77 cm

Des temps liés, 2020
Concrete, acrylic resin, ceramic, enamel, silicone, polyester resin, fiberglass and silkscreen printing on japan paper, 56 x 38 x 3 cm
Collaboration with Camille Benarab-Lopez

La Petite verte dans son pot, 2019
Ceramic, paraffin and concrete, 56 x 46,5 x 27 cm
Collaboration with Victor Levai

Noémie Goudal

Noémie Goudal’s landscape photographs swing between the realism of the scientific references that inspire her and the artificiality of a décor. If the illusion appears perfect at first, the artist takes pains to leave some visible clues that reveal, in part, the process of fabricating the image. The image doesn’t lose its magic because of this, on the contrary: shunning special effects and photomontage software, Noémie Goudal experiments with an empirical way of constructing the image on the spot, anchoring fiction at the heart of nature. The resulting landscapes lead us towards a poetic elsewhere, where notions of place and time fade away.

Southern Light Stations II, 2015
Lightjet print, 350 x 460 cm

Adrien Vescovi

Always mutating, Adrien Vescovi’s paintings are the outcome of a long fabrication. Like an alchemist, he uses dyeing processes to experiment with colours appearing and fusing on his canvases. For the Alphabet series, he builds his palette from natural pigments extracted from the ground in the Vaucluse, the Roussillon, in Burgundy, but also from Italy and Morocco. The colours impregnate the fibres of the textiles and the memory of place is inked into matter. The assembled recycled sheets, sewn together, form strata of territories and histories.
His loose canvases are suspended in the small room of Le Grand Café; through the windows they give a rhythm to the space with the play of appearance and openings, suggesting any number of possible monuments or ephemeral compositions. In a reversal of his older works, where the body passes through them, the artist asks us to take time to halt and contemplate. In this new series, created in the introspection of lockdown, letters appear and reveal a coded, encrypted writing. It shows itself today in public for the first time, like an invitation to unpick the ties between language and matter.

Alphabet, 2020
Sheet (linen & cotton), natural dye (ochres), sewing machine, 318 x 557 cm

Soleil Blanc, 2020
Sheet (linen & cotton), natural dye (ochres), sewing machine, aluminium. Variable dimensions

Alphabet A, 2020
Sheet (linen & cotton), natural dye (ochres), sewing machine, 237 x 127 cm

Alphabet B, 2020
Sheet (linen & cotton), natural dye (ochres), sewing machine, 237 x 127 cm

Sans titre, 2020
Hemp, cotton, natural dye (ochres). Variable dimensions


Côme Clérino
Born in 1990, lives in Paris and works in Pantin.
Represented by Chloé Salgado Gallery, Paris.

Noémie Goudal
Born in 1984, lives and works in Paris.
Represented by Edel Assanti (London) and Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery (Paris).

Adrien Vescovi
Born in 1981, lives and works in Marseille.