The exhibition Objets rêvés (“Dreamed Objects”), explores the many ways to hijack, transform or sanctify everyday objects.
For the first time, the Tignous center for contemporary art in Montreuil is hosting a photography exhibition featuring, in its beautiful spaces designed by architect Bernard Desmoulin, a selection of international artists: Delphine Burtin, Carole Fékété, Christine Mathieu, the Putput Collective, Yumiko Utsu.
“We develop special links with the objects around us. Even the most useless or insignificant objects fit into our lives, constitute us and haunt our imagination. Some, like the bowl, have a millennial form, which has remained the same throughout the centuries. Others are more specific to a place, an era. The objects survive us, and their forms tell us about those who made them and used them: we remain inscribed in them. ”
“To bring together photographic artists, who are also fascinated by objects, with different modes of operation and aesthetics, is another attempt to understand how objects inhabit us. ” says Christine Mathieu curator of the exhibition.
The Putput collective is based in Copenhagen. Since 2011, the Swiss photographer Stephan Friedli and his Danish acolyte Ulrik Martin Larsen, aces of the colorful trompe-l’oeil, concoct pop still lifes and smooth aesthetics close to magazine ads. In the same room are combined the Methodical Inventories of Carole Fékété. The French artist, born in Algiers, coldly isolates manufactured objects on a neutral background: tea towels, kitchen utensils, armor, reliquaries, at the crossroads of art and documentary.
A sheet, a fruit peel, a piece of cardboard … unpretentious objects that the Franco-Swiss artist, Delphine Burtin, isolates fragments or assembles with a mathematical rigor to strip them of their meaning and their initial function.
Faced with these minimalist Rebus, reveals the universal character of objects from a distant daily Christine Mathieu, French artist. In order to magnify their presence, she isolates them on a neutral background. Roots, female characters from museum collections, whatever the staged artifacts, her works both elegant and powerful arise from her encounters with heritage objects. From Africa to Normandy, their sacred presence defies time and space …
The psychedelic and fast-paced world of Japanese photographer Yumiko Utsu is revealed in the heart of the exhibition. She has worked since 2006 on “Out of Ark”, a swarm of creatures too strange to have their place on Noah’s Ark. Her approach is close to the art brut: for his surrealist compositions, produced in the intimacy of the Tokyo apartment, the artist uses food and objects already present in his interior or purchased at the local market.
At the Tignous Center, spring and summer 2019 are mainly dedicated to photography, a program of events punctuates the exhibition Objets rêvés until the end of June.
An equally remarkable event, the photographer Tina Merandon in residence at the Tignous Center, presents to the public her Babel project starting from May 25th.
Programming of side events (workshops, visits, conferences) to discover on: http://www.montreuil.fr/outils/tout-lagenda/agenda/article/objets-reves/
Centre Tignous d’Art Contemporain
116 rue de Paris, 93100 Montreuil, France
April 12, 2019 to July 20, 2019