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This artwork has been featured in the collection "100 years of Bauhaus" curated by Aurora Garrison

Throughout human history, the moon has been a metaphor of the darker side of nature - of mystery and crime, of trance and insanity and, of course, of creative madness. As a died in the wool rationalist, I have no use for moongoddesses and werewolves - even less for the disgusting rites of fascistic moon-sects. But I believe in the beauty of a moonfrozen landscape, the intuition of sleepwalkers (y compris in science, as Arthur Koestler has so impressively shown), and in the power of the human mind to create poetry out of a moonlight shadow.

The KRYPTA series
Relief and assemblage work, half-painting half-sculpture - geometrical constructions overlaid with painting, drawing and written panels incrusted, intarsia-like, into the supporting frame. The word «Krypta» (from Greek «hidden», «secret») stands for an artistic expression that depicts neither the reality nor the abstraction of our conscious perception of being, but the imago of an unconscious area of the mind not immediately accessible to analytical intelligence.


PublisherJuliet Vles
Certificate of authenticityIncluded

About the artist

Juliet Vles is an European multidisciplinary artist, born in 1950 in the Netherlands, of Swiss-French nationality and actually living and working in Switzerland.
Essentially an abstract painter and sculptor, whose work is mainly to be found in arte povera and minimal art collections, her artistic interests also include installation work, drawing and digital painting.

The works of the Krypta series, half-painting half-sculpture, are geometrical constructions overlaid with painting, drawing and written panels incrusted, intarsia-like, into the supporting frame. The word «Krypta» (from Greek «hidden», «secret») stands for an artistic expression that does not seek to depict reality, nor even its abstraction, but the imago of an unconscious area of the mind not immediately accessible to analytical intelligence.

Formally, the hallmark of Vles’ artwork is the unusual combination of its sober, geometrical underlying structure and the multilayered, rough texture of the painted surface. Although often shown in exhibitions featuring Concret Art, her work owes more to the Support/Surface movement than to formal Constructivism.
In her recent work, the artist increasingly abandons the notion of "making images" and rather sees her wall sculptures as an extension of architecture - expanding the supporting wall by an additional physical and esthetical dimension.

In 2017, Vles started working on a series of reverse glass paintings, revisiting the glass sculptures and installations she created between 1997 and 2003 and drawing on the technical experience she acquired during that period. 

For the GLASSWORKS please see 

2021  FLECKEN / City Hall - Zurzach, Switzerland
2019  MYOPIC MASTERMIND / Annual Research Day,  School of Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) - Maastricht, Netherlands
2017  transCerebral / Berlin School of Mind and Brain – Berlin, Germany2016
2016  Hirngespinste / Centre des Sciences Neurologiques,  Ecole Polytechnique (ETH) - Zürich, Switzerland2015
2015  KRYPTA / Château de Mons - Caussens, France2015
2015  Brainscapes / Forum des Sciences Cognitives, Université René Descartes - Paris, France
2014  transCerebral / Musée d'Histoire Naturelle – Toulouse, France
2013  taaltralies / Réfectoire des Cordeliers - Paris, France
2012  Peindre sur Papier / Centre Culturel Paul Ricard – Abzac, France
2011  Lâmina / Château d'Aubiac - Aubiac, France2007
2007  Lâmina / Château Prieural de Monsempron Libos – Monsempron, France2006
2006  Cerveaulant / Galerie des Tanneries - Nérac, France
2004  Witwater / Château d'Aubiac - Aubiac, France
2002  NUMA ou la Géométrie de la Paix / Château d'Aubiac – Agen, France
2001  Non decet! / Espace Chantal Dazin - Aubiac, France2001
2001  Non decet! / Galerie des Tanneries - Nérac, France
1999  un vers de dreyt nien / Centre Culturel Crédit Suisse – Zürich, Switzerland
1998  La Voix du Silence (dans le cadre du Festival "Eclats de Voix") / Maison de Gascogne - Auch, France
1998  Lightyears (avec Serge Fudji) / Centre Culturel de Bardos – Bardos, France
1997  Lightyears / Bucher & Scholl - Lengnau, Switzerland
1997  Lightyears / Chantal Dazin - Agen, France1
1996  Katharoi (avec la participation d'Amnesty International) / Château de Lavarden - Lavardens, France
1995  Rare Earth / Espace Croix-Baragnon - Toulouse, France
1995  Seltene Erden / Galerie Alleman - Zürich, Switzerland
1994  The Gers Paintings / Abbaye de Flaran - Valence, France
1994  The Gers Paintings / Galerie Alleman - Zürich, Switzerland


2021  SwissArt 21 / The Artbox Project Gallery / Station Hall –Zürich CH, Switzerland
2021  WORLD 1.0 The Artbox Projects / Galerie Artbox & ARTSY – Zürich, Switzerland
2020  Swiss Art Expo - ARTBOX PROJECT ZÜRICH 2.0 / Zürich Hauptbahnhof – Zürich, Switzerland
2019  Singularités / Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMC), - Cordes sur Ciel, France2016
2016  CONSULART / l'artiste représentant la Suisse / MAMA Musée de l'Artisanat et des Métiers d'Art - Marseille, France
2014  Singularités / Espace Rochegude / Les Guetteurs - Albi, France
2006  Oeuvres Orphelines / L'inventaire - Montauban, France
2005  L'esthétique des Vautours / Casernes Lalanne, avec Rougerouge – Auch, France
2004  Hommage à Paul Luis Rossi / Médiathèque Jacques Demy – Nantes, France
2002  Traversales 02 / Les Tanneries de Nérac, en collaboration avec arcos - Nérac, France
2001  Traversales / La ville de Lectoure, en collaboration avec arcos – Lectoure, France2001
2001  L'éloquence des Loques / Musée des Beaux-arts – Pau, France
2000 Bât'Image / Le Bâtiment - Saint Paul de Baïse, France
2000  L'éloquence des Loques / Musée Ingres - Montauban, France1999
1999  Fin du Siècle / Ambassade de Suisse - Paris, France
1998  L'oustaou dou Saleys / Centre Culturel - Saliès de Béarn, France
1995  Festival de la Sculpture / La Ville d'Abzac - Abzac, France
1998  Collection de Plieux / Abbaye de Flaran - Valence, France1
1997  Collection de Plieux / Centre Ecurueil - Toulouse, France
1997  Face à la pensée totalitaire / Centre Cuzin - Auch, France
1997  Festival Grains de Sable / Parc de la Mounède - Toulouse, France
1996  Detours / Agora Art Gallery - Billère, France
1996  Juxtapositions / Château de Larrazet - Beaumont, France
1996  Contemporain / Centre Culturel de Verdun - Verdun, France
1995  Le Proche et le Lointain / Musée des Beaux-Arts - Pau, France
1995  Le Proche et le Lointain / Musée Ingres - Montauban, France
1995  Rencontres / Galerie Spielman - St. Gallen, Switzerland

PUBLICATIONS  (selection)

2021  Kunstplatform OnloineGallery
VIND magazine, Pan edition
A2021  RTSY Editorial Review- juliet vles - notable works
2020  ARTBOX Projects Gallery- New Glassworks
2020  Artsy Editorial Review- juliet vles - notable works
2019  ARTBOX/Projects Gallery- transCerebral
2019  ARTBOX Projects Gallery- Juliet Vles Wall Sculpture2019
2019  ARTS Illustrated magazine- The Art of Juliet Vles2017
2017  Introduction d'exposition- Berlin School of Mind and Brain / Juliet vles
2019  Canvas Saatchi Art- Inside the Studio / Juliet Vles
2016  Catalogue d'exposition- Consul'Art / Suisse / Juliet Vles
2014  La Dépêche du Midi- L'art contemporain au Château de Mons
2014  Sud- Ouest- Juliet Vles expose au Château de Mons
2014  Sud-ouest- Une tête bien pleine2013
2013  Essay / David Lanstedt- Archives du Préverbal
2009  Essay / Tijs Ulevel- Cerveaulant2007
2007  A crâne ouvert / G.Leon Taveling


Other work of Juliet Vles

windows on white (1)
Collages, 58x102x5.5 cm (w/h/d)
GW17/18 (solitary wave)
Sculpture, 272x136x8 cm (w/h/d)
On loan
GW17/19 (dervish)
Sculpture, 136x136x8 cm (w/h/d)
On loan
L88 (central panel)
Painting, 180x182x17 cm (w/h/d)
Sculpture, 132x148 cm (w/h)
L112 (beautiful orphans)
Sculpture, 90x130x7 cm (w/h/d)
L125 (grey eminence)
Sculpture, 66x191x24 cm (w/h/d)
L106 (feuerzeichen)
Sculpture, 110x160x16 cm (w/h/d)
On hold
Painting, 41x52x4.5 cm (w/h/d)
L 109 (lunar lyrics)
Sculpture, 170x112x10 cm (w/h/d)