Under the generic title NIGHTSNOW, Melik Ohanian articulates his first gallery
exhibition with six works and a full palette of media.
Switch Off, 2002 A simple action that modifes - the state of a street, of a building, of a public space. That alters a moment and oneâ€™s perception.
Switch Off consists of a large light box, containing a b/w photography of the globe. On top of this synthetic image - a recomposition by computer of the world at night, produced by the NASA - a zillion of light dots reproduces the electric lighting used all over the planet. By means of a button, the viewer can commute this vision of the plane world into a constellation : â€˜The Sculptorâ€™s Studioâ€™ (one of the solar systemâ€™s most remote constellations).
Stretching Picture, 2002
figures an Oriental sign, adapted and transfered by the Occident. By means of a transparent adhesive image on the gallery window, this sign transforms the room, stretching both space and time. It acts as a filter.
Freezing Film, 2002
Succeeds to â€˜Coming Soonâ€™, 2001, presented at the exhibition TraversÃ©es, ARC, Paris. Whereas â€˜Coming Soonâ€™ - including the physical presence of William J. Clancey, Engineer at the NASA, approached the subject of the planet Mars in a scientific manner, Freezing Film presents a more playful device. Its elegant concrete structure, half-way between a ping-pong table and a skateboard half pipe, invites the viewer to sit or lay down and watch a moving picture. The images from Mars, forwarded by the satellite Viking, have been collected from the net and animated in order to establish autonomous travellings around the planet. A sub-titling text passes simultaneously. In order to read this text, the viewer has to push a button that freezes the image and gives access to the text. By doing so, the â€˜public/utopianâ€™ film returns the images to where they were taken from : so far, so close, within reach of our imagination.
A short film, shot during a voyage in Iceland (preparing the installation â€™Island of an Islandâ€™ for the Palais de Tokyo). Sensing a snowstorm to approach, Melik Ohanian places his camera at a snow-clad square. Two streetlamps light this strange place. (The orange glow immediately brings to mind Stretching Picture, Freezing Film). The wind brushes up the snow in circular movements. Little by little, the objective gets covered with snow and de-focalizes this readily unreal image- a doubled reality.
Selected Recording # 005, 2000
A colour photograph that seems to signify the unlikeliness of territories. A striking counterpoint in the present articulation of works that rather claims a wider world, in which borders would not have been decided by men.
Men are scarce in this exhibition. The Hand, 2002, brings the exception. Nine pairs of hands, filmed individually, compose a fragmented image. This composition provoques a straight-forward perception of un-employment. Beyond any political confrontation, those unemployed hands suddenly get animated Along with the rythmic Melik Ohanian proposes them, they create a new collective time.This installation will operate the day of the opening.
This exhibition has received the support of the FIACRE - DÃ©lÃ©gation aux Arts Plastiques - Aide Ã la PremiÃ¨re exposition.
At Art Basel - Unlimited , June 10-18, 2002, the gallery will present â€˜Island of an Islandâ€™ - an installation by Melik Ohanian, created for the opening exhibition of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Jan. 2002.
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The gallery will be closed august 4 - 19