The ninth edition, after exploring the relationship between music, sound and contemporary art, invites new artists to expose and produce original works, organize meetings and signatures in shops luxury neighborhood and on the Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres, the Hotel Lutetia, the Cafe des Deux Magots or Cafe de Flore...Continuing the tradition of a thriving cultural district.
Café de Flore
For the Parcours Saint Germain, who has chosen to honor the collectors and their active role in supporting artists, the artist Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil produced a series of por- traits of collectors on demand as a using the same principle as his previous series “les Ambitieux”. It thus makes a tribute to those who are the first support of the artists while making a nod to the secular tradition of command portraits. “A Guess who” will be organized to recognized the collectors on the café’s walls
Place Saint Germain
Frank Scurti has a habit of meddling with eve- rything, so for twenty years, his work crosses eclectic themes from politics to sports, economy or industry. This year, as part of the Parcours St. Germain, he chooses to put a huge rock in the middle instead of St Germain des Pres with the phrase inscribed “I RENT THIS PLACE,” a funny but critical way to talk of over ownership above urban space. Another reading or other questions is also of- fered to the passersby’s, on the definition of the the artists’ egos who display their power over their work’s exhibition places. I rent this place (projet pour le Parcours St-Germain 2011) Courtesy Franck Scurti & Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
Pierre Malphettes is a sculptor who represents nature using industrial elements. This surprising alliance strengthens unexpected tense poetry in his work. For Vuitton, he imagined an installation setting up a luminous window made of a white neon tubing and a horizontal beam that one end is crossed by a line of neon. In the second part of the shop, a tripod is hous- ing the replica of a rock, made of cast aluminum, taking the shape of an animal. As Leah Gauthier wrote: “The artist sets the strange atmosphere confusion of genders and categories, creating hi- erarchies in which each fragments of landscapes are echoes”
Didier Mencoboni hangs at Arthus Bertrand’s several mobile suspensions meant to be seen as paintings in mo- tion, as “Revolutions.” The mobile is an additional chapter completing the vision of his work from his different se- ries. Accumulation of colored surfaces, the works as well as any painting, drive to multiple experiments. The incessant change indefinitely recomposes all the very little movement of the air. From all these slow move- ments a perception, a contemplation in which nothing is final is created. The work as a “painting” motion through space, recreate and redefines its design, color and territory itself in each moment.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Marc Turlan’s work is the following of research initiated in 2007. The artist uses paper maga- zines and turns them into sculptures. Cata- logues of two-dimensional images, he reveals the three-dimensional character of the objects by different interventions. Deep cutter’s cuts, small interlaced strings, balls of steels, white resin masks on faces. Through these interven- tions, the magazines take a whole different life, where their immediate role for promoting consumption is delayed as secondary to focus on visions of a strange world.
Laurent Pernot invites us at Gerard Darel’s to see a world where strange dreams and melan- choly, resurrect emotions and play with the imagination. Laurent Pernot is an artist who uses all forms of expressions. He presents at the Parcours Saint Germain “La fenêtre” a video installation in the showcase that offers a glimpse through the veil of a curtain, an everchanging imaginary and timeless landscape. It acts as a window on a world that is both disturbing and exciting, freeing itself from reality , while echoing around the canvas of the window in the history of painting. The three photographs shown on the inside, from the series “The time lost”, are accumulations of time and stories. The video “Montagnes”, set in the back of the shop, dive the visitors into the strange poetry of the artist who has got the idea to recreate the birth of landscape, accelerating time, the 455 seconds of the video refers to the 4.55 million years of the birth of the earth.
JNF Production presents “Dîner de Gulliver” by Lilian Bourgeat. The artist presents a perfect replica of an industrial garden table, two and a half times bigger than normal, which refers to monumental sculptures in the history of art and their roles in religion, philosophy and politic. The work is part of artist series creating installations from everyday elements. Some viewers are invited to enjoy a giant cake, climbing on giant chairs, to sit on huge table, us- ing cutlery, and drinking in huge glasses. They become actors, of the confusion induced by the distortion of the scale. Lilian Bourgeat use everyday elements usually produced in series, divert it from their first purpose and create a unique experience and destabilizing. At the visitors request a photographer will immortalize this unique experience.
The artist’s work is made of stories and parallel worlds that obey to his own assumptions. Earthworms, comic book heroes, bananas and various objects such as sandals, cheese or clones coexist in the same space. That helps to build vocabulary of the crazy world of Gilles Barbier which meltings humor, fiction, poetry and impertinence. At Berluti’s the artist offers a cabinet of curiosities, where you can find mussels, phylacteries or monsters of the deep ends. In the shop, “reality correctors” , mixed with shoes allows Gilles Barbier to create a new space and continue to take us into another dimension.
Didier Marcel presents at La Société a surreal white tree trunk, made from resin and covered with white flocking. The artist borrows from reality and sets natural elements to an end where it is almost impossible to distinguish the replica from the original. Nature is the heart of his work. Didier Marcel takes fragments of landscapes and artificially replicates them to be displayed in architecture. He focuses on the antagonism between the natural and industrial, pro- viding a manufactured controlled by man Nature. His sculptures are often made as puzzles, reproducing, per- haps, the mystery of nature?
The photographs of Rune Guneriussen refer to Land Art installations. Conceptual artist, Rune search essentially singular outdoor places to display his composi- tions of objects. Preserving these natural areas, he built temporary installations, extremely complex, for shooting spreads. Photography is the only tangible evidence of his intervention. Lonesome, Rune is the only witness of his strange compositions. At Dior’s, Rune Guneriussen will create an in situ instal- lation.
We find in the early work of Eva Jospin perspective, the sense of cut and accumulation. It was after a moving that she started working on cardboard, common material, used during her studies at the Beaux Arts de Paris. Since then Eva accumulates and sculpted layers of cardboard to transform them into beau- tiful yet mysterious forests, taking this material, made from trees to dignity. She works as she was do- ing marquetry, turning this poor material in precious objects. Eva’s work is referring to time passing by, to the hours spent produc- ing pieces made themselves from relent- less accumulation of successive layers, as steps in the depths of self. As part of the Parcours Saint Germain, Eva will exhibit at Sonia Rykiel’s her forests in which we would dream to get lost.
True to her habits to explore the correlation between space and time and real space, Marie Maillard dis- play at Pataugas as part of the the Parcours Saint Germain in the aim of turning upside down our relation- ship to reality. Thanks to a video installation placed in the shop, the visitor discovers an invisible reality through a CCTV who shows us that, in addition to our perceived reality, strange phenomenon comes off of the ceil- ing. This relationship between the reality and the imaginary, the visible and the invisible as well as space and time is the heart of the work of the artist who has a habit of stretch- ing the walls, to make wallpaper’s alive, and incessantly questioning our relationship to the images that surround us. As Pascal Beausse wrote: “She anticipates the consequences of the intrusion of the vir- tual in our everyday living spaces. Her instal- lation are experimenting on the becoming of our realities.
Les Deux Magots
Armen Rotch present a series of paintings entitled “Espaces tempérés” in the famous Café Les Deux Magots. The artist composes his paintings with thou- sands rows of tea bags, as traces of passed time. It’s not just about the tea bags that have been drunk, shared with friends, but more on traces of intimate moments. Always the same and always differens, time traces and fingerprints of one’s own. These organisms can extend and deteriorate themselves and sometimes change their nature, creating changing shades of tel- luric colors.
Annabelle Adie is an artist of multiple faces, her work drive through contemporary art and design, on the theme of pureness. Annabelle Adie ex- plained that she went from color to form, with the idea of removing the anecdotal. The result is ce- ramic pieces exposed at Eskandar’s. The material, the sensuality and fragility of it co- exist in these white objects, which refer to the timeless and archaic feeling of pleasure, calm and beauty.
On September 21st 1991 appeared the first spread of L’INSENSÉ, cultural large sized magazine.10 years later, the Pho- to edition of L’INSENSÉ is released, im- age lover, taking countries in hostage in order to celebrate contemporary photography. It will be its 20 years this year. Let’s celebrate! For the occasion, L’INSENSÉ offers a special edition that put together 50 personalities’ favorite photographs.Each guest explains his choice and share his feelings in few lines. As part of the Parcours Saint Germain, in partnership with Mr. Ralph Lauren, the chosen photographs for this double spread will be exhibited in the shop, during FIAC, creating a bridge between contemporary art, photography and fashion.
Hôtel Lutetia (salon de thé et galerie)
Yann Toma is a seeker-artist. For the Parcours Saint Germain, he takes place at the tea room of the Hôtel Lutetia with its intriguing CO2 sculp- tures. The CO2’s sculpture symbolizes the ne- cessity to protect our atmosphere. Produced in partnership with the best specialist of the CO2 treatment, current adviser of President Obama and one of the greatest French seismologists: Alain Bonneville, a shareholder of Ouest Lumi- ère. The CO2’s sculpture is precious and rare. It conveys a collective energy who aims to protect our environment. It wanted to be in every home reminding the risks of the increase of CO2 on Earth. The artist also exhibits paintings in the gallery of Yann Toma, Nous assurons votre avenir énergétique the palace.
Virginie Yassef et Julien Bismuth
For the Parcours Saint Germain, the art- ists take possession of a suite and offer a “work in progress.” They will realise a real- time video to be broadcast more or less “live” through the suite’s monitor which will become a stage and setting alongside of being a space of exposition. The visitor is then invited to participate in the work in progress. Surprises and experi- untitled dialogues, 2011
Anais de Chabaneix
The practice of Anais de Chabaneix is one of those who are intimately related to literature, combining in a common breath, almost made of silence wrote Elise Vandewalle. As part of the Parcours Saint Ger- main, the artist exhibited at Agnès b. As a write com- ing from reminiscence, a time stamp, Nostalgie des étoiles (negatif) present itself as a record of a star map shattered on an opaque surface. In-situ, the in- teraction with the outside light reveals real and bright constellations made of light. The projections of bright light spots give the illusion of being able to touch the untouchable.
Catherine Houard 2
“House to house” is the equivalent of the French expression “ nail to nail “. This “house” is inspired by the flexible toy houses kids can open and transform. The artist appropriates the aesthetics of a shipping box, well known by the artists, to make a house of a singular size, which opens and closes in the stoneware of the humor. This structure is intended to be- come a real shipping box for an itinerant exhibition presenting a group of artists which will come to develop in every new venue.
Emporio Armani exposes for the Parcours Saint- Germain, in association with Magnum-Photos, an exclusive selection of the photographer Elliott Landy. From 1967 till 1969, the artist, who was the official photographer of Woodstock, photographed the biggest icons of the Rock as Bob Dylan or Janis Joplin. These pictures, realized thanks to a partic- ular process worked out by the C.I.A, the movies with infrared, are characterized by an important contrast, lively and saturated colors, making unex- pected images appear, as suspended, just like this artists’ generation.
Image: Marc Turlan. Photo Frank Turlan. Courtesy Galerie Anne de Villepoix
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