Fugacity and poetry Fluxus at the Eva Vautier Gallery
#NICE Myths and reality here merge in an atmosphere born of the spontaneity of the present moment that was so decisive for Fluxus.
And how can we not also think of Baudelaire’s muted incantation when we consider the presence of the works of Geoffrey Hendricks, who died in 2018? “I like clouds… The clouds that pass… there… there… there… The marvellous clouds “If this poem by Baudelaire is entitled “The stranger”, there is undoubtedly in the artist the same relationship to the strangeness of the world when he seizes the heavens and clouds as an inaccessible beyond, with no other consistency than this fleeting and always changing presence of shapes and colours. If the representation of the sky remains a strong theme in art history, from the mystical skies of the Renaissance to Bonington’s studies of watercoloured clouds, Geoffrey Hendricks nevertheless takes a radically different approach.
As part of the Fluxus movement since its foundation with Maciunas in 1962, it integrates the strength of the ephemeral and the experimental in many performances which, like Beuys, are a form of ceremonial in connection with the earth, the elements and myths. Rehearsals, series, as in a ritual where the artist celebrates the union of art and life. The clouds… the clouds… They are defined here as a series of luminous, almost musical variations. But also by this poetic elevation, in the relationship with the body, when he went so far as to represent himself covered with these clouds or when he made several performances where he experienced the imbalance by performing pear trees. Head overturned as if for another way of perceiving the world. Photographs, installations and watercolours testify to the vitality of this work which influenced so many other artists since Geoffrey Hendricks taught for 48 years at Rudgers University in New Jersey while creating actions all over the world. The artist bequeaths us a work in which the poetry of the absurd refers to an almost mystical aspiration where the density of the body clashes with the immaterial. Theater of the human being as much as a solemn celebration tinged with irony, here is a singular and multiform work.
In the wake of Fluxus, the Italian artist born in 1941, Berty Skuber, presents a work where life, in its entirety, is conceived as a patchwork of reality and imagination Between documentation and personal fiction a trajectory is built through the ambiguity of words and images. Photographs, drawings, paintings, books and other objects are part of an encyclopedic phantasmagoria. This assemblage is presented as a collection of events where the other and everyday life meet. The detail bounces off the whole in a random way, the representation fades into an abstraction. A personal grammar then opens up to another possible form of subjectivity that reflects a poetic relationship to the world.
Geoffrey Hendricks, “Skies” and Berty Skruber, “Reusen”
until March 23, 2019
Eva Vautier Gallery
2 Rue Vernier06000
Galerie Eva vautier will be present at the Drawing Now ArtFair from 28 to 31 March in Paris
Julien Beneyton, guest artist
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