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Antoine Donzeaud + Hubert Marot, Mr. Vetigo (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy La Sira.
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Antoine Donzeaud + Hubert Marot, Mr. Vetigo (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy La Sira.
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Antoine Donzeaud, 'Loop painting' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
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Antoine Donzeud, 'Floor to Ceiling, I will tell' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
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'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.

'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
'Mr. Vertigo' (2015) Exhibition view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Hubert Marot, 'Appel 1 & 2' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Antoine Donzeaud & Hubert Marot, 'Permission to stand' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Antoine Donzeaud & Hubert Marot, 'Flako flako' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Antoine Donzeaud & Hubert Marot, 'Flako flako' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Antoine Donzeaud, 'You're no good at gambling' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Antoine Donzeaud, 'You're no good at gambling' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Hubert Marot, 'Untitled (Wall Ride 3)' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Hubert Marot, 'Untitled (Wall Ride 3)' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Hubert Marot, 'Untitled (Wall Ride 2)' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Hubert Marot, 'Untitled (Wall Ride 1)' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.
Hubert Marot, 'Untitled (Wall Ride 1)' (2015) Install view. Courtesy the gallery La Sira.

Antoine Donzeaud + Hubert Marot, Mr. Vertigo (2015) exhibition photos

, 14 October 2015

This Summer at La Sira in France, Antoine Donzeaud and Hubert Marot came together to make the show Mr. Vertigo, which ran between June 26 and July 25. The beautiful press release reads like a romantic story which cites the lives of two young people exploring and learning about things in the countryside –like how a wheelie bin’s wheels can be made into spinning tops made of clay. “It taught us about breathing and floating”, the text reads, “things loosened and tightened in cycles”.

The huge 4,000 square-metre space of La Sira, which is the headquarters of MAD Agency in Asnières-sur-Seine is home to fifteen artists in residence. For Mr. Vertigo, Donzeaud and Marot manifest the press release story as much as is physically possible into art works and inside an art gallery.

Antoine Donzeaud + Hubert Marot, Mr. Vertigo (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy La Sira.
Antoine Donzeaud + Hubert Marot, Mr. Vertigo (2015). Exhibition view. Courtesy La Sira.

The clay wheelie bin spinning tops are there, sitting in a little group, and there is a painting made by and because of a sheet of polythene wrapped over a big table with a portable heater underneath. It makes the surface change according to how hot or cold the temperature gauge goes, which is also on display. There is a pair of jeans dried out and crumpled up against a wall and a couple of items that kind of look like animals. A wooden crate is the base for ‘Appel 1’, a perfectly fitting slope/wedge made of earth by Marot that could be a countryside farm animal. Opposite is Donzeaud’s ‘Ceiling to Floor, He knows’ made with pieces of oak that form into an upward-facing arrow, or something that looks like a flying fish. On top of this is a drawing by Donzeaud, with a style of line that makes its way into and on to other works in the show. The drawing seems to be smiling or winking and it feels like, as the press release says, “if you stay where you are, you’ll be dead before winter is out. If you come with me, I’ll teach you how to fly.”

Mr. Vertigo is like two artworks holding hands trying to make sense of things around them. It’s nice that some parts of the collaboration is made by both artists, and some of it is made by each of them, individually. This way it feels true to the story, like since those days they both still remember, together and individually. The main centrepiece that bi-sects the space is a large transparent screen mudded by PVC, and in the middle is a silkscreen print of the back of some panel or old radiator you might find in your shed. The work is called ‘Ordinary Objects for Common Use (Transformer)’. This one in the cycle feels like “things tightened” as the press release describes. What can you transform into what? **

Exhibition photos, top right.

Antoine Donzeaud + Hubert Marot’s Mr. Vertigo was on at Asnières’ La Sira from June 26 to July 25, 2015.

Header image: Mr. Vertigo (2015) Exhibition view. La Sira.