Corners of(f) Society

Colab Gallery
Weil am Rhein, Alemagne
Novembre 2018 – avril 2019

Projet en collaboration avec Luce

Commissionnée par Daniel Künzler

www.colab-gallery.com

Après notre première collaboration en 2015 qui expérimentait autour du périscope et de l’idée de voir au travers les murs, nous avons décidé d’approfondir le sujet en fabriquant des dispositifs plus légers avec des nouvelles formes pouvant être testés dans différentes situations dans la ville. Les objets ont été montrés accompagnés de photos documentant les actions accomplies avec eux.

Periscopes

Texte du commissaire (en anglais):

On 24th November 2018, the Colab Gallery will openned its doors for the group exhibition “Corners Of(f) Society”, featuring seven international artists that work with, around and in urban areas.

We would like to ask visitors the question how and why places function, and which impact the geographical environment has on perception and behavior. If you have, e.g., several possibilities to reach a supermarket, you would choose a certain route according to your mood.

During your daily life, you efficiently choose the shortest way, that unfortunately leads along a noisy, four-lane road. Then again, you deliberately look for a route, that leads you away from the actual place of destination taking you to interesting places, an abandoned house, an open terrain or a park at the city’s´ outskirts. However, losing your orientation and just strolling along, can also be seen as something positive, something that triggers your thirst for adventure and allows unexpected things to happen. Every one of us has his daily rituals, that are not only determined by functionality.

You can tell stories about some places, others you will seek because you feel comfortable there or because you are striving for a certain mood, or because the atmosphere and aura there bring back memories. Wandering around means getting lost, being active, collecting things you find in the street, getting onto a metro, the next bus and climbing out somewhere else, having deleted the common reason for getting from A to B. It means actively soaking up the terrain, the people, the animals or the trash in the streets. Without perspectives and intention, there is more to discover.

The participating artists show with alert eyes aesthetic glances of cities, peripheries, and surprising encounters. We are looking forward to present the works of Relfy (Can), Cyop & Kaf (It), Swampy (Usa), Bruno Rodrigues & Fábio Vieira (Bra), Road Dogs (Fr), Raskalov & Makhorov (Rus), LUCE & Eltono (Es).

Merci beaucoup a Danny, K100, Marc et à toute l’équipe de Colab.

La ville et le mouvement

Le Pilori espace d’arts visuels
Place du Pilori, Niort, France
27 septembre – 10 novembre 2017
Exposition organisée dans le cadre du festival Le 4e mur par Winterlong galerie.
Artistes invités : Jeroen Jongeleen et Eltono

www.winterlong-galerie.com

Détours

Six parcours aléatoires au départ du lieu d’exposition d’une durée de 20 minutes. À chaque intersection un dé détermine la direction à prendre. Le résultat est matérialisé par six sculptures en bois peint.

RUFO

Une peinture est promenée, la face peinte tournée vers le sol, dans les rues de la ville. Le parcours, décrivant une boucle, est déterminé à l’avance. La planche est exposée en l’état avec un plan au dos décrivant le parcours.

G.A.S

Système d’impression au sol exploitant les mouvements de la rue. Chaque gravure est exposée au traffic pour une durée minimum d’une heure.

 

Photos : Eric Surmont et Eltono
Vidéos : Victor Thiré

Downshifting

Redline Centre d’Art Contemporain
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, U.S.A.
30 juin – 23 juillet 2017

Modo n.º19

 

(Texte en anglais)

Curated by Ramón Bonilla, Downshifting is a group exhibition that calls attention to the meditative quality of reductive art, which encompasses minimal, post-minimal, hard edge and geometrical work. Reductive art work is typically explored in terms of formal qualities like medium, rarely conjuring conversations that respond or reflect on political realities. For many artists around the globe, however, reductive work can provide a sanctuary from the hyperactivity and sensory-flooding that has come to be our everyday reality.

Working with 12 internationally-based abstract and minimalist artists, Downshifting will transform RedLine’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition hall into a sanctuary of abstract works with programming that explores sensory deprivation rather than spectacle and provocation.

Participating Artists:
Eltono (France)
Louyse Blyton (Australia)
Ramón Bonilla (Puerto Rico)
Sandra Fettingis (USA)
Andrew Huffman (USA)
Kristofer Hultenberg (Denmark)
Michael Mork (Denmark)
Gary Andrew Clarke (England)
Ashley Frazier (USA)
SEIKON (Poland)
Hyland Mather (USA)
Frank T. Martinez (USA)

www.redlineart.org

Modo n.º19

Downshifting exposition collective
Redline Centre d’Art Contemporain
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, U.S.A.
30 juin – 23 juillet 2017

 

(Texte en anglais)

Curated by Ramón Bonilla, Downshifting is a group exhibition that calls attention to the meditative quality of reductive art, which encompasses minimal, post-minimal, hard edge and geometrical work. Reductive art work is typically explored in terms of formal qualities like medium, rarely conjuring conversations that respond or reflect on political realities. For many artists around the globe, however, reductive work can provide a sanctuary from the hyperactivity and sensory-flooding that has come to be our everyday reality.

Working with 12 internationally-based abstract and minimalist artists, Downshifting will transform RedLine’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition hall into a sanctuary of abstract works with programming that explores sensory deprivation rather than spectacle and provocation.

Participating Artists:
Eltono (France)
Louyse Blyton (Australia)
Ramón Bonilla (Puerto Rico)
Sandra Fettingis (USA)
Andrew Huffman (USA)
Kristofer Hultenberg (Denmark)
Michael Mork (Denmark)
Gary Andrew Clarke (England)
Ashley Frazier (USA)
SEIKON (Poland)
Hyland Mather (USA)
Frank T. Martinez (USA)

www.redlineart.org

Venturing Beyond

Somerset House
Londres, Royaume Uni
Exposition organisée par A by P
3 mars – 2 mai 2016
Footpaths
Quatre performances à pied de 15 minutes
Encre noire sur papier Fabriano Rosaspina 285 g. 100 x 70 cm, vidéo de 2 minutes


Règles :

  1. Le participant sélectionne une zone dans l’espace public et définit une période dans le temps.
  2. Il marche ensuite le long du périmètre de cette zone prédéfinie dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre.
  3. Quand un intrus visible entre dans le périmètre, le participant doit immédiatement tenter de rejoindre le point d’intrusion.
  4. Si le périmètre est pénétré à nouveau durant la tentative d’atteindre un point d’intrusion, ce nouveau point d’intrusion devient la nouvelle cible à atteindre.
  5. Un fois qu’un point d’intrusion est atteint, le participant continue à marcher autour du périmètre jusqu’à la prochaine intrusion ou jusqu’à ce que la limite de temps soit atteinte.
  6. Pour finir, un dessin est généré en guise de témoin de l’expérience.

www.a-by-p.com
www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/venturing-beyond

Oxymores

Ministère de la Culture
182, rue Saint Honoré, Paris, France
3 avril – 3 mai 2015

Périmètre au Sol est la mesure exacte de la ligne qui sépare l’espace public de l’espace privé autour du bâtiment du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication dans la rue Saint Honoré à Paris. J’ai dessiné la ligne obtenue sur quatre grands papiers (3,70 m x 1,40 m), chacun représentant une façade. Le code couleur utilisé est le suivant : deux couleurs chaudes pour les façades sud et ouest et deux couleurs froides pour les façades nord et est.

www.oxymores2015.fr

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Mapping The City‬

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Somerset House
London, U.K.
Exhibition curated by A by P
22 January – 15 February 2015

www.a-by-p.com
www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/mapping-the-city

10 Promenades
Acrylic on wood 122 x 100 cm

For Mapping the City, I presented a sculpture made out of the 10 unplanned walks I did in Beijing in late 2013 and early 2014. I wanted to present the routes in a way as random as the walks happened so I decided to hang them from their center of gravity instead of their cardinal orientation.
More info about the Promenades project here: www.eltono.com/projects/promenades

For inquiries about this artwork, please contact A by P here: www.a-by-p.com/more-info/#contact

Biennale Artmossphere

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Moscow, Russia
September 2014

RUFO – Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object

I have been doing research around the idea of “creating while walking” for a long time now (see the Promenades Project I did in Beijing: www.eltono.com/en/projects/promenades), my last idea was to register friction during a walk and I came up with the idea of RUFO – RUFO is a typical dog name in French and also the name of a toy dog that was released in the 80´s. I decided the four letters would stand for “Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object”.

Basically, I wanted to drag an artwork along a defined path and register the way it decays. I was doing tests around this idea when I was asked to participate in Artmossphere Biennial in Moscow so I decided to do the first RUFO experiment in the street of the Russian capital. I painted 11 wood boards with bold colored graphics and one by one dragged them around the city on different paths I had selected earlier (around the exhibition space, in random neighborhood, around the Red Square, around the hotel…). Each walk was between one and two kilometers, except for RUFO #9 where I walked for 2,5 kilometers and the painting almost disappeared entirely. Having the artwork interacting with the outside was crucial – showing artworks in the state they came out of the studio doesn’t interest me – my idea was to “print” the city onto each board turning them into witnesses of a walk, an experience. On the back of each board I showed the map of the walk and all the data generated (date, time, duration, distance and name of the streets wandered) – note that during the biennial, I showed reproductions of the back of the boards on spare boards for the people to understand better the story.

Pictures by Natalia Solovieva – Thanks to everybody at Artmosspere and to the people from Codered.