Mathematiques. In this exhibition, Erwan Maheo and Isabelle Artuis create an in situ environment in which sculptures and photographs are meshed, multiplied, and added, while remaining divisible. Resonances. Echoing Mathematiques and opening up new rhizomatic horizons, Resonances 1 presents recent works by five Fribourg artists. From sculpture to photography, from drawing to painting to video, this show features a variety of media and techniques. Between artifice and reality, the artists play with perception to highlight sensitive aspects of life that resound like a landscape composed of fractals.
Â« MathÃ©matiques Â» | Erwan MahÃ©o & Isabelle Arthuis
Â« RÃ©sonances 1 Â» | Sarah Glaisen - Anahit Simonian & Pierre Guinot, Christiane Hamacher, Nicolas Pages, Lauris Paulus, st-denisÂ®
In this exhibition, Erwan MahÃ©o and Isabelle Artuis create an in situ environment in which sculptures and photographs are meshed, multiplied, and added, while remaining divisible. Like abstract landscapes, this body of work has a metaphysical dimension. What one sees is not always what is there. Reality is subject to endless metamorphoses. The positive enters upon a dialogue with the negative, black with white, the right with the reverse, the near with the far, the inside with the outside. For MathÃ©matiques, pink and red filters have been mounted on the windows to create luminous and chromatic reflections. The viewer becomes a perceiving subject, intensifying his contact with the world and strengthening the feeling of being in touch with the world. This contact, this field of perception assaults us constantly 'like waves swirling around jetsam on the beach.' Sometimes we find the atmosphere tense and disquietingly strange.
In the 19th century, Auguste Comte defined mathematics as 'a science that uses deductive reasoning to examine the properties of abstract entities, and the relations between them.' RenÃ© Descartes, on his part, delighted in mathematics as 'rules to direct the mind.' The poster La Grotte de Donant (1999), the series of photographs Meta ta phusika (2004) and Transcendance (2004) by Isabelle Arthuis, and the installations and sculptures Fantasme (2004) and MathÃ©matiques â€“carte/patchwork (2004) by Erwan MahÃ©o, give shape to relationships that are both spatial and temporal, opening up new mental perspectives, and inviting us to go and explore them.
Echoing MathÃ©matiques and opening up new rhizomatic horizons, RÃ©sonances 1 (on the second floor) presents recent works by five Fribourg artists. From sculpture to photography, from drawing to painting to video, this show features a variety of media and techniques. Between artifice and reality, the artists play with perception to highlight sensitive aspects of life that resound like a landscape composed of fractals.
With Bornage (rolling stone), st-denisÂ® introduces us to travel. He has built three life-size landsailers. By triangulation, these create a geographic space which is constantly remodelled by random variable winds.
Parasol(s), Sarah Glaisen's video triptych, uncovers a dream landscape based on a sonic concept by Anahit Simonian and Pierre Guinot. The artist makes use of sensory rather than linguistic narration to relate individual and collective relationships.
In Christiane Hamacher's mural drawing Vague, the landscape tracks collective memory as transcribed by the artist's pictorial gestures. Existential experiences arise out of an archivistic chaos, finding in drawings and line a shape and an order to express the dialogue between memory and perception.
Lauris Paulus offers us a panorama that is more enigmatic, combined as it is with a portrait and an artificial cloud. The three photographs present an allegory of life in line with the triad that underpins our western culture: a representation of the objective world, of man, and of his inner universe.
The paintings of Nicolas Pages are often related to his writings. Challenging the viewer to explore the gap between visual and verbal language, his work links perception to intellect.
Mathematics, like the arts, is an idiom to express reality. Like the arts, this idiom reflects reality's complexity and poetic might.
Translated from the French by Zosia Rozankowska, September 2004
Opening: 1 octobre 2004 18 H - 24 H
With the support of the Coriolis Promotion, the State (DICS) and the City of Fribourg, the Loterie Romande, the Federal Office of Culture, the Foundation NestlÃ©, the Embassy of France in Switzerland, the Foundation Alfred Richterich, the Migros Cultural Percent, and the Museum of natural history of Bern.
Petites-Rames 22 Case postale 354 CH 1701