Laurent Grasso

OttO (solo exhibition)
OttO (the film)
ether
Structured around a set of brand-new works and around the eponymous film, the exhibition interconnects sacred spaces, animistic beliefs and scientific theories. Each of these works concerns imperceptible and yet active phenomena that have in common the real or supposed effects of electromagnetic waves, vibrations and frequencies. Perrotin Paris

thomas thwaites

GoatMan

I tried to become a goat to escape the angst inherent in being a human. The project became an exploration of how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals. But instead of the ferocity of a bear, or the perspective of a bird, the characteristic most useful in modern life is something else; being present in the moment perhaps.

Anyway I ended up in the Alps, on four legs, at a goat farm, with a prosthetic rumen strapped to my chest, eating grass, and becoming a goat.

gordon matta clark

Anarchitecture

splitting house

“Of the many shows at the fabled 112 Greene Street gallery—an artistic epicenter of New York’s downtown scene in the 1970s—the Anarchitecture group show of March 1974 has been the subject of the most enduring discussion, despite a complete lack of documentation about it. Anarchitecture has become a foundational myth, but one that remains to be properly understood. Stemming from a series of meetings organized by Gordon Matta-Clark and reflecting his long-standing interest in architecture, the Anarchitecture exhibition was conceived as an anonymous group statement in photographs about the intersection of art and building. But did it actually happen? It exists only through oblique archival traces and the memories of the participants. Cutting Matta-Clark investigates the Anarchitecture group as a kind of collective research seminar, through extensive interviews with the protagonists and a dossier of all the available evidence. The dossier includes a collection of Matta-Clark’s aphoristic “art cards,” the 96 photographs that were produced by the various participants for possible inclusion in the exhibition, and images from a recently unearthed video of Matta-Clark’s now famous bus trip to see Splitting in Englewood, New Jersey.” Mark Wigley

MATHILDE ROUSSEL

ماتيلد روسيل
玛蒂尔德罗素
Матильда Руссель
Lifes of Grass
Mathilde Roussel est une artiste française travaillant à Paris. Son travail “questionne la nature humaine dans ce qu’elle a de plus imperceptible”. Chacune de ses œuvres dévoile en effet des évolutions, mutations souvent discrètes qui s’opèrent pourtant en chacun de nous. Pour ce faire, ses installations reposent le plus souvent sur des matériaux et idées très simples mais néanmoins frappantes..

Pawel Grunert

Chair 5
Born in Warsaw in 1965, Paweł Grunert is a designer, creator of artistic furniture and sculptor. The objects he creates fall somewhere between sculpture and applied art. He uses natural materials such as branches, straw, earth, grass, hay, reeds and wood, but he also employs bricks, fabrics and metals. He has designed and created around two hundred sculptures, spatial arrangements and pieces of furniture.

ANITA MOLINERO

Sans titre

Anita Molinero, tuttavia, impiega spazzatura non mascherata come materia primaria delle sue sculture esponendole pericolosamente al rischio che non vengano riconosciute come opere d’arte perché il loro status di spazzatura rifiutata è difficile da scrollarsi di dosso. La natura ripugnante della spazzatura avrebbe potuto essere così facilmente sfruttata per attingere ad aspetti simbolici ed emotivi; trasformare il normale grasso e la sporcizia ripugnanti in grasso e sporcizia grondante di significato e metafora. Invece no, Anita Molinero ci confronta senza compromessi con oggetti di plastica e polistirolo espanso, contenitori di scarto e sacchi della spazzatura. Sono sculture letteralmente abbandonate, colte in uno stato di debolezza come i personaggi di un’opera teatrale di Beckett, che divorano costantemente la loro desolazione e solitudine, ma profondamente umane nella loro esitazione, espressione inadeguata e consapevolezza del loro abbandono.