Evolution, dissolution, memory, fragility and decomposition are some of the themes found in on&on. The curators Flora Fairbairn and Olivier Varenne have chosen 14 artists from different generations and countries to explore their work.
A room bathed in chocolate, birds emitting sounds through five guitars and three double basses, rotting red fruit, chemical flowers taking over an office desk, a giant block of melting ice, a room in which the lights flicker on and off, improvised piano recitals, matter altered by micro-organisms and the experience of a boat ride are some of the pieces on show…
This brief exhibition attempts to jog the visitor’s personal memory and demonstrate the inevitable decadence of nature, which transforms as time passes. None of the pieces on display aim to freeze an image for posterity, but rather to open the observer’s eyes to the magic of the moment, the poetry of the present, with its accompanying shifts and changes. Every time the visitor comes to see the show it will have changed, it will never be same. The only truly enduring element is the change, the process, the transformation itself.
This evolution of the installation has been achieved in two ways: by using perishable materials such as chocolate, fruit, living organisms, ice and wax, and by using fleeting actions in the performances offered as part of the show.
The participating artists, of varying nationalities and ages, are Michel Blazy, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Martin Creed, Eloise Fornieles, Andy Goldsworthy, Anya Gallaccio, Kitty Kraus, Claire Morgan, Tino Sehgal, Chiharu Shiota, Roman Signer, Steiner/Lenzlinger and Gregorio Zanon.
Ephemeral art which invites the participation of the audience in order to become solid and enduring. The exhibition started yesterday and will stay until January 16th. And as it’s @ La Casa Encendida, it’s of course… free (more info on their website). Enjoy!