ScNa’s peek at the web
Each month, we are inviting you to browse the web and discover our selection of exhibits, places, personalities, projects and creations of outdoor works of art, and more… For this new digital exploration, we have decided to focus on a particularly topical question: that of the relationship. The relationship to others, but also to the landscape, art history and to the matter… We found answers in Italy, the Limousin region, Puerto Rico, Aubervilliers, Chatou, and Oregon.
Walk on water with Christo in Italy
Ten years ago, Christo and Jeanne-Claude installed 7,500 saffron yellow doors in New York’s Central Park. Jeanne-Claude has now passed, and it was feared that the New York installation would be Christo’s last one. But the New York Times just announced that the artist started a new endeavor on his own, this time in Northern Italy, on Lake Iseo, 60 miles east of Milan. It consists in nearly two miles of “Floating Piers” (the title of the project), composed of 200,000 cubes covered with glittering yellow nylon which connect the lake’s islands to the mainland. From June 18th to July 3rd, the piers will allow visitors to freely walk around the lake.
For those who always dreamt of walking on water.
Read the article here: www.nytimes.com
« Etre chose »: an exhibition organized by Marianne Lanavère and Gyan Panchal at the CIAP Ile de Vassivière and at Treignac Projet
This collective exhibition, spread out on two contemporary art sites in the region of Limousin – Treignac Projet and the International Art and Landscape Center (CIAP) of the Ile de Vassivière – questions our “anthropo-centered” reading of the world and gives form to the possibility of an encounter between the human and the non-human through the works of 18 contemporary artists, including Alis/Filliol, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Miriam Cahn, Guy Mees, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Michael E. Smith, among others. The Treignac Projet exhibition is now closed, but the Vassivière one is open until the end of the week. Let’s hurry!
Être chose, Centre d’art de Vassivière : July 5th – November 1st, 2015 www.ciapiledevassiviere.com
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Puerto Rican Light: the new Dia Art Foundation commision
Last month, on the south coast of Puerto Rico, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla inaugurated a site-specific work under the initiative of the New York Dia Art Foundation. For this installation, Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), the artists placed an art piece by American minimalist artist Dan Flavin within a limestone cave. Dan Flavin’s Puerto Rican Light (to Jeanie Blake), which consists of pink, yellow, and red fluorescent lights, is powered by solar panels located outside the cave. This new installation, which plays with historical, geographical and technical gaps, is part of a series of Land Art works which have become mythical and now belong to the foundation’s collection. Among them, Walter De Maria’s The Lighting Field (1977), in the desert of New Mexico, and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, in Utah. But according to Artnet News and the New York Times, the installation is not to the liking of the Flavin Foundation, which has not given its blessings to the work.
2 hour long guided visit, reservations required, until September 2017.
More on the installation: www.diaart.org
To make reservations: www.diaart.org/exhibitions
In between a beautiful installation at the sculpture garden of La Petite Escalère in South West France in 2014 and a major personal exhibition at the Lucerne Kunstmuseum in 2016, German artist Katinka Bock will stop this fall in the Parisian suburbs for two projects in which she tries to show the invisible links between the work of art, the exhibition space and their physical and human environment: the exhibition Zarba Londa, at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, deals with the questions of gift and “counter-gift” and is the result of a nine month long residency in the Quatre-Chemins neighborhood of Aubervilliers. With Links Mitte Rechts at the CNEAI – the national center for publication, art and image located in Chatou – the artist diverts water from the Seine in order to have it run through the center. Also note her participation to L’ordre des lucioles, the exhibition for the 15th Ricard Foundation Prize (curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler), for those who, like myself, never have enough of her gracious, demanding and poetic work.
Zarba Lonsa, October 16th to December 19th, 2015, Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers
Links Mitte Rechts, curator Jacob Fabricius, CNEAI in Chatou, October 17th to December 5th, 2015.
L’ordre des lucioles, 15ème Ricard Foundation Prize (curator Marc-Olivier Wahler), September 15th to October 31st, 2015
And an article by Emmanuelle Lequeux on Zarba Lonsa published in Le Quotidien de l’art
Richard Serra, Railroad Turnbridge, (1975-1976/n&b/16 mm film/17’00)
In Railroad Tumbridge, Richard Serra’s camera follows the movements of a turnbridge built on the Willamette river in Oregon, north east of the United States. The artist first uses the bridge to frame the landscape before turning his camera to the bridge itself, focusing on its mechanisms and its machinery in an attempt to grasp what the American critic Rosalind Krauss termed “a relationship, a transitivity… The physical turnbridge is the support of this experience, not its subject.” (The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, Rosalind Krauss, 1985, The MIT Press).
A fascinating discovery which helps better understand the roots of the artist sculptural work and that of the whole 1970’s American avant-garde.
Watch here: www.ubu.com