Earlier this year, between 20th-24th of June 2018 to be precise, Pejac hosted his 3rd self-produced international showcase, Waterline. After a successful solo exhibition in London and a special presentation in Venice, the artist chose Paris for the next destination to present previously unseen body of work. The response to the show was exceptional, with collectors and fans flying in from around the globe, including China, Japan, US, Russia and around Europe. The exhibition also marked the release of the artist’s 8th limited edition that was available through the charitable lottery system which helped to raise money to support the work of locally based environmental NGO Good Planet.
Waterline wasn’t necessarily planned in long-term but was more of a spontaneous gesture by the artist. As he was working in his studio, preparing work for the upcoming US debut in NY, Pejac rediscovered some of his older concepts, sketches, and drawings, and felt like it was time to share those with the public for the 1st time. Usually quite reserved when it comes to revealing his process, he decided to provide us with a look at the most intimate and unmediated part of his work process exhibiting around 30 original works on paper.
Proud of his French heritage the artist always dreamed of showcasing his art in the “city of lights”. During one of his recent visits to the French capital, he spotted this old “péniche” boat moored right next to the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral and fell in love with the idea of setting up an exhibition on such exquisite location. He decided to pay respect to these historic vessels that helped to build Paris into what we know today by repurposing the old inland waterway barge into an art venue.
▼展览设在巴黎圣母院边的老旧船屋中，the exhibition was held in an old péniche right next to the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral
▼船内的展览空间，exhibition space in the péniche
In addition to the large body of work that included a couple of early drawings as well as most recent large-size pieces that hold the high quality of his intricate canvas pieces, Pejac constructed 2 subtle yet striking sculptural and performance installations. One was a full-size realistic stone water well on the front of the boat, and another was a piano with tools scattered underneath, played by a pianist dressed up as a mechanic. Commenting on both environmental topics and social issue of clashes between classes, these 2 pieces provided a channel for recurring themes from the studio works to transcend into real life.
Photo credits: ©pejac