"BRICOLAGES"

Pierre Bastien
Olivier Blanckart
Cécile Bonnet & Delphine Reist
Malachi Farrell
Hervé Graumann
Vincent Julliard
Kressig AG

Le Gentil Garçon
Mathieu Mercier
Joachim Mogarra
Hugues Reip
Pierrick Sorin
Cyril Verrier

 

Kunstraum Kreuzlingen
3 février - 18 mars 2001

Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau Kartause Ittingen
3 février - 22 avril 2001

Shed im Eisenwerk (Projektraum) Frauenfeld
3 février - 24 mars 2001

The exhibition Bricolages takes place in three thurgovian art institutions, totally or partly allocated to contemporary creation: the Kunstraum Kreuzlingen, the Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau in Ittingen and the Projektraum of the Shed im Einsewerk in Frauenfeld.

In a period of time where technology is omnipresent, where overabundance has erected recycling as a crucial necessity, and where everyone is able to create its own little firm in his garage, it's seems fascinating to probe what the "do it yourself" notion means in the contemporary art field.

"Do it yourself", a term that has for a long time dragged a pejorative meaning _ it is still sometimes nowadays the case_ a work of à peu près, "fast done, wrong done". This until Claude Lévi-Strauss in "La pensée sauvage" (1962) has conferred a new aura to the word. It is in the extension of his analyse that the notion of tinkering interests us. The representation of the world that inscribes the handyman's figure who develops his own activity, is partly opposed to the engineer's one, whose action field results of the application of a theoretical knowledge.

The artists, ads Lévi-Strauss, inherit at once from the scientist and the handyman's knowledge: with craftsmen means, he makes a material object that is as well an object of knowledge. Today the human being has more spare time and access to very many different tools and technologies for individual use. The boundary between professional activity and hobby is more and more fading out, in the working duration as well as in the savoir-faire. The "do it yourself" mood is, to an extend, comparable to a start up or a home studio. It requires polyvalent skills for the use different of and techniques.

In parallel, the toolsrecycling of all types of materials has become as much an economical as an ecological necessity. The process that consists of making "new" out of "old" implies, in particular in the fine art field, a real love for materials, technical knowledge, aesthetic inventiveness, in brief a will of (re)-creation.

We're trying to value a specific point of view that would transform the "do it yourself" notion into a state of mind. The ability that pushes to try, explore, improvise and even sometimes to invent. A mental disposition that doesn't lead one to an à peu près, but on the contrary to the elaboration of an individual savoir-faire that enables the construction of a singular and personal universe.

The artists we've been chosen are building, deconstructing, transforming images, objects, structures and are developing a thought in multiples areas: from housing conditions to human condition, from music to game going through human body or the environment. Each of their practise are in their own way, a kind of "do it yourself", which we can qualify as a personal technology.

Most of the artists exhibiting in Bricolages live in the French part of Switzerland and in France. The choice reflects the will to give the opportunity to a specific Swiss area _ north east of Switzerland_ most frequently attracted by Germanic or British creation, to enlighten French-speaking artists' work.

The "do it yourself" notion_ and practise _isn't of course peculiar to the French-speaking community, but it's seems judicious to remember that beyond the cliché according as French-speaking artists often create artworks linked to intellect, literal and formalism, many of them are well and truly first class handymen.

Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser (translation Celya Larré)


Sponsors

Pro Helvetia
AFAA, Association Française d'action artistique
Ambasade de France en Suisse
Ville de Genève
Stadt Kreuzlingen
Kanton Thurgau Lotteriefonds
Thurgauer Zeitung
Schweizerischer Kunstverein - échanges
Videocompany Zofingen

 

Pierre Bastien
Solo concert of "sounds machines" built with Meccano elements, in a mis en scène including video projections for the opening at the Kunstmuseum / Kartause Ittingen and the presentation of the CD-Rom "9 optical toys" (2000) - an images and sounds installation alterable - realized with Karel Doing.

Olivier Blanckart
"Familyx" is the portrait group of a poor generic family. This original sculpture realized with adhesive and expanded foam according to a model of photography of Walker Ewans (in "Let's now praise the great men", 1936) is exhibited in the Kunstraum in Kreuzlingent.

Cécile Bonnet & Delphine Reist
Ephemeral installations in public space composed of several little huts made of recuperation materials. As the probable disappearance of these basic shelters, photocopies of photography attesting of their attendance will be stick up in the concerned places.
The project will be well documented at the Kunstraum in Kreuzlingen and will be the subject of a daily publication, for a month, in the Thurgauer Zeitung newspaper.

Malachi Farrell
Co-ordinated by a presence detector and a computer, the installation "Fish Flag Mourant" (Black Kettle) (1998), stages, around a bowl, a macabre ballet of metallic, with moving joints fishes, denouncing the general environment's pollution. The artwork is presented at the Kunstmuseum / Kartause in Ittingen.

Hervé Graumann
From photography of the Ittingen's church, the artist has realized 3D video films generated by a computer for the Kunstmuseum / Kartause in Ittingen as well as a sleep mode screen especially for his web site www.kunstmuseum.ch, directly inspired by the inventory of the museum's collection.

Vincent Julliard
Performance for the opening at the Kunstraum in Kreuzlingen, then, presentation of the video installation "Théâtre O.R.L." (1998-99) in which the artist appears as the orchestra man of his own work.
Inside his mouth takes place a stage of a burlesque show where strange figures come down from the sky or appear suddenly from the smoke… .

Kressig AG
In situ improvisations based on heterogeneous objects in space, in particular "N 47° 33' 40" - E 8° 53' 38" "in both rooms of the Projektraum in Shed in Eisenwerk - Frauenfeld and "N 47° 35' 04" - E 8° 52' 00" " in an exterior yard at the Kunstmuseum / Kartause in Ittingen.

Le Gentil Garçon
"The Specialist of the gardening department. First contact. -Hello, I'd like to have an information on hydraulic pumps please, - Yes of course, follow me. What is it for? - Euh, it's a bit special, in fact it's for a kind of sculpture. - No, you shouldn't think I spent my lifetime in this store! I'll sometimes go to the museum. I see clearly what kind of things you going to do." (LGG)

Mathieu Mercier
In the entrance of the Kreuzlingen's Kunstraum, a built structure made of modular elements is used as a furniture for welcoming visitors, for the presentation of documentation and for video monitors as well. Elsewhere, an electric module is close to the scale model of a transformed house, a recreated palette of storage or even a sketch that categorise spare time activities.

Joachim Mogarra
"Images' world" (1983-85), courtesy Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris. Hanging at the Kunstmuseum / Kartause of a selection of black and white photography: complete series of " Untitled
(I bought a car): ten "Images' world and three", "Places of Faith" (1986)

Hugues Reip
Device especially realized for a room (old monk cell) of the Kunstmuseum / Kartause Ittingen, composed of a Bob Dylan's soundtrack "…knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door…" interpreted by SPLITt (Hugues Reip and Jacques Julien) - and of a video projection in which the artist's shadow is smashing down a door. Publication in the Thurgauer Zeitung newspaper.

Pierrick Sorin
At the Kunstraum in Kreuzlingen. The video installation "Pierrick cuts wood" (1997) composed of two monitors and a two-way mirror disposed in a specific construction. The artist is seen sawing a wooden board placed between his two legs, filmed by an sidekick holding the other extremity of the board, and simultaneously, Pierrick's face is transformed by pain and ecstasy caused by the wooden board's vibrations.

Cyril Verrier
The "Helmets" series (2000-01) in different states of realisation: drawings, digital images, casts, scale models, colour helmets, mainly realized in fibreglass and silicone. Selection of recent video works at the Kunstraum in Kreuzlingen. "The helmets" series has been realized with the financial support of the State of Geneva.

 

     

 

 

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