SITE SPECIFIC WORK AT ART PARIS ART FAIR
Façade 2012, 600 x 600 cm, Thermoformed plastic mesh basrelief, scaffolding. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.
A monumental installation by the Moscow group Recycle greets the public at the outdoor entrance of the Grand Palais and sets the tone. Presented by Suzanne Tarasiève gallery and produced in 2012 for the “Futurologia” exhibition in Nantes, the work entitled “Façade” is six metres high. It is a reference to the fake “Potemkin villages” allegedly erected by Grigory Potemkin, a favourite of Empress Catherine the Great to impress her and cover up the misery of the Russian countryside.
Fossile, 1990, 4m X 8 m plastic shopping bags, oval embroidery frame, plastic ties and elastic thread. Supported by Electrolux.
Elise Morin’s work focuses essentially on the use of materials stemming from our consumer society and their impact on our ecosystem. As part of her research activities, Elise Morin had been planning for some time to design a large-scale installation to highlight the “plastic” footprint of our time.
The brand Electrolux – which aims to denounce the excessive and absurd use of plastic bags wanted to support the performance of this contemporary and committed artwork.
“Fossile. 1990” intends to shed light on the process of degradation of a plastic bag, an object much mythicized over the thirty-year boom following the end of WWII before being heavily criticized and demonized from the 1990s to our day. The work is the symbolic representation of what palaeontologists are likely to see as the mark left on the environment, like a fossil, by the consuming machines we human beings have gradually turned into.
Rock, 2012 Mountain Climbers Association.
Art Paris Art Fair lends its support to the Mountain Climbers’ association by exhibiting one of its projects alongside the Artdesign platform. This itinerant project aims to ask internationally known designers, architects and artists to invent new uses for old Swiss ski lifts from the 1950s. Young designer Adrien Rovero is the first to take up the challenge of transforming one of these cabins and has called his creation “Rock 2012.” A graduate of the ECAL art school in Lausanne, Rovero has come up with the idea of using a rocking chair base for the cabin which has now been turned into a piece of outdoor furniture or what he calls a “little garden folly.”
d_fuse space, 2013, L.1900 x P.1550 H.2250 mm, Structure made of painted metal, M1 fabric, flat screen, seat with foam cushion. « Fragments d’atelier » made by director Sébastien Jousse. Courtesy Galerie Domeau & Pérès.
Domeau & Pérès gallery presents at Art Paris Art Fair a piece designed by matai crasset commissioned by film-maker Sébastien Jousse entitled "d_fuse space" and installed on the left hand side of the grand staircase of the Grand Palais. matai crasset describes her piece as “a space to withdraw from the surrounding environment in order to experience an intimate relationship with a film or a documentary.” The structure is like “a jewel box whose shape is inspired by a speaker that broadcasts a story in motion.” The films made by Sébastien Jousse will be shown here. Made especially for Art Paris Art Fair, they show the work of Bruno Domeau and Philippe Pérès at work in their space, presented in a fragmented, non-linear way. The films show different facets of the work of Domeau & Pérès whose activities encompass series of design objects, prototypes and artistic creation.
X360-II, 2013, 560 x 313 x 313 cm Carbon fibre, electronic components, steel. Courtesy Galerie Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo.
The work entitled “X360” is the last in a series that was started over 10 years ago. Laurent Bolognini’s machine produces threads of light that are woven into a shape programmed by the artist and inspired by the location in which it is placed. The speed of the thread’s movement is variable, as is the intensity of the light it emits. It is shaped into two spheres , one inside the other, whose existence reveals itself to the viewer little by little though patient observation. In this way, Laurent Bolognini turns light into a tangible reality.