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Time in contemporary art

06/07/2022 in Votre temps
At the Bourse du Commerce Pinault Collection, a new exhibition Une seconde d'éternité juxtaposes original and varied works that evoke the various dimensions of time. A lively and exciting exhibition, with paintings and installations that are sometimes ephemeral, not to be missed between now and 2 January.
 
At the start, a podium is lined with lights that are permanently on. A podium designed by the artist Felix Gonzales-Torres that remains empty most of the time, since a real flesh and bones go-go dancer only performs there once a day, for a few minutes, and then leaves until the next day.
 
Further on, in the heart of the Bourse du Commerce Pinault Collection, a former wheat market that recently was reorganised and restructured by the architect Tadao Ando through the construction of a monumental concrete ring under the dome, a multi-faceted installation by Philippe Parreno transforms the space into an imaginary landscape, animated by the path of the sun. Once again, you have to be there at the right time to see the ephemeral works that surround the projection of his fictional character Ann-Lee on an immaterial screen. A pile of artificial snow that may have melted tomorrow, sunlight reflected in the mirrors of the heliostats, caressing and animating the structure of the grey cement building, drawing ephemeral shapes before disappearing when a cloud appears, and losing their prime position to a network of diodes like fireflies that can hardly be seen in full light.
 
Different techniques and mediums
On two floors, in different rooms, Une seconde d'éternité deals with the different perceptions of time in the field of art and its multiple disciplines, where chronos is generally thought to add gloss and embellish works, to increase the value and prices... The pieces exhibited challenge this traditional, academic perception. They use different, new, contemporary forms, materials, techniques and media. Between reality and fiction, a hologram by the French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Forester gives life and voice to Maria Callas in a suspended installation, between reality and imagination, past and present, in which the visitor finds themselves projected, sometimes as a spectator and sometimes as an actor.
 
Capturing changes from one moment to the next
Many works play with the direct participation of the audience, between appearance and disappearance, at a specific moment. Sherrie Levine's or Wolfgang Tillmans' images capture the ever-changing sky and horizon to the second. Nina Canell also plays with the passage of time and transforms the material. Ceramic fragments laid out here and there on the ground have a film of water deposited on them, replacing the water that is lost through evaporation. You can see the process in action. Or not. Just as in Liz Deschenes' photograms, which transform the space into an optical device where viewers can see themselves observing.
 
In a final room lined with floor-to-ceiling aluminium by artist Rudolf Stingel, visitors are encouraged to leave a mark on the walls in the manner of those lovers who carve their initials surrounded by a heart on trees... For eternity.
 
Texte : Frédéric Martin-Bernard
Copyright Retner 2009 - Néle Azevedo's Melting Men' - You Arts
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