Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,
5 artists, 5 consciousnesses of Time and its limits. Where do I come from ? Where do I go ? Who am I ? In Search of Lost Time, the exhibition Tracing Oblivion reproduces plastically the shades of different memories sunk into oblivion.
With a new mental map, memories are now ours, for one month in Paris. Now that the opening has passed, the exposition on the memory and its oversights will be open to the public, Monday to Saturday between 11am to 7pm from Feb 21 to March 21. This exposure proposes to cogitate on materials which can revive dead images from the past. If Art is a bridge between the past and the future, this latter permits to recreate a mental schema of our identities. Exposing 5 passionate artists, the performance of Brunehilde Yvrande, IntiMayok (Polar Sun) has delighted and transformed the gallery as a sounding-board of emotions. As invisible callings launched to the sky, she revealed by her shamanic rituals the fleeting nature.
Why do you have to remember this exhibition?
Laughs and smiles are the warm welcome that you’ll receive if you decide to go to the gallery of Marie-Cecile Berdaguer, Vera Pilpoul and Margalit Berriet. In a pretty little street next to the restaurant La Cantine, the private galery with its white walls and its shop window has nothing to do with flashy ones. Inside , you’ll find a true interrogation on life and its instability. How can we live with this flying time ? How can we create Art with something which has already gone ? There are paintings, freely inspired by conceptual art, in which you can see feathers or swans or just the harmony of black and white shapes. And just below that, in a peaceful connection, there are wood cubes with slightest traces in colour symbolizing the smallness of human kind in a natural macrocosm. In fact, as Schopenhauer would say, « the artist lends us his eyes to look at the world ». And because of that, we are no longer coming with our problems in this Gallery, we are just feeling the moment and its precarity. As if we were possessed, every single piece of art in that very room, becomes eternal.
Time is no longer a long flat line but a sinusoidal one with thousand roots. Linked to the beat of the heart, as an echo of sensation, memories take the shape of an electrocardiogram (Vardi Bobrow), the appearance of a swan (Ayelet Amrani Navon) or even of scrap materials (Arie Berkowitz). In fact, in this search for identity, the spectator who is absorbed in paintings and sculptures, discovers Time as a body, drawn in black ink which hugs the curves of a brush, the vibration of a finger or the whispering of a voice far away from the noise and the tumult of the city and its codes. In fact, when the spectator looks at the artists’ works, he cannot help himself thinking that these pieces are a metaphor of human condition : life through its lightness and its brutality. Brilliant
Who are the artists?
There is Vardi Bobrow and her three in one work : time, accumulation and transformation. With long white recycled stripes, she records the subconscious of the memory. Painting like she was guided by the beats of her heart, the spectator will assist to a gigantic monochromatic wave. As if we could feel the breath, the feelings of the artist, these stripes recreate a mental landscape of what she is and what she used to be. « To symbolize, to trigger associations, to stimulate the imagination, are much more fascinating to me than presenting a fully decoded image ».
Using old maritime navigation maps which belonged to her father, Talia Yemini recreates a new mental landscape. « In my works, I try to reach the delicate point of imbalance ». With her brush, she traces new routes by pushing real borders to imaginary boundaries. « We have to find our coordination, to create our path ».
Inspired by the Arte Povera and the Readymade, Arie Berkowitz exposes through cubes of wood a spiritual materialism. Working on the city and the place of the man in the nature, the artist confronts two universes in which nature has to fight no to be rub out by men. In this poetic urbanism, there as dualities : abstract/ concrete ; microcosm/macrocosm ; wood/plastic… Reviving remnants of industrial parts, the artist makes a « mise en abyme » : there is reality and life, two universes in which human beings evolved.
« I am always experimenting ». Ayelet Amrani Navon, sculptor and painter, presents objects and paintings dealing with childhood memories and myth. Sewing together piano and papers on a work of art, she recreates pieces of her memory. Without leading to hermetism, Wing Piano made of white swans on black backgrounds, tells us a story. Inspired by the myths, Metamorphosis of Ovide or Leda’s tale, the artist transforms her swans into other bodies : they become androgynal symbols, Yin and Yang or even feathers gently put on the canvas. « With symbols and letters I can tell stories ».
Last but not least, there the video-work of Yael Atzmony depicting a journey of an anonymous figure, sailing in a boat, passing underground water canals. Like Charon in his rowing boat, the spectator is breathed in the screen and goes through two universes, from darkness, the oversight to lightness, the memory, like a revival. In this symbolic journey into the unconsciousness, the spirit navigates on the water like seconds and minutes in hours. The pictures are repeating indefinitely on the ocean of destiny.
In these universes which are united by their differences, the spectator will connect easily to the works in which he cannot help thinking of life and its mysteries.