Simon Bérard and Tom Giampieri “Shooting the address”
#NICE Two artists, Simon Bérard and Tom Giampieri, invest “the castle”, i. e. the vast room formerly devoted to an electric generator, at the end of the courtyard of L’Espace à Vendre. Both are driven by experimental research on colour chemistry and, while each exhibits its own pieces, some are produced jointly and reflect the similar objectives they pursue. But the common thread of the exhibition develops from other artists from whom their reflection has been built. We will therefore find as soon as we enter the works of Roland Flexner, John Armleder, Stéphane Steiner and Dominique Figarella who provide a key to the exhibition by opening the research field of the two artists.
The work of Simon Bérard is widely quoted and based on the difference in language and how to access colour. Starting with the words “quail” and “straw”, he establishes a material and chromatic relationship on various supports in relation to nature. By metonymy, a shift occurs between quail, mouth, egg and similar images from beans for shape and colour equivalence. The artist materializes this axis by using straw for the mouth that can project the egg yolk on a support as for the old technique of tempera. And the semantic game continues with the use of, for example, red cabbage and lemon. The effects are surprising and the artist sets out to conquer the old techniques by using images as ironic detours of these processes.
Tom Giamperi s’s more directly interested in the color, in the external modifications that it can support, for example through UV. He too explores its roots, enjoying the pigments linked to wood or iron. He adds the object that diverts the process, the plastic fork. The derisory becomes form. The overheated fork spreads its white threads and draws lines that play with or disharmonious with the colored background. The result is a form of colourful poaching junk or humorous rebus. It all depends on the philosophical credibility that is given to the two artists. They meet in certain rooms where the identity of one or the other tends to merge when the work is not collective. Moreover, as a synthesis of these practices, a miniature workshop is built like a greenhouse containing all the real or intellectual materials on which this research is based. There is something serious and mischievous about this. We’re having fun and wondering about this hazardous trajectory. You never get bored.
“Pull the address” is the title of the exhibition that unfolds from floor to ceiling when the starting point refers to the rhizome that Deleuze mentioned. All the practices thus follow one another on a horizontal axis as well as on a horizon line in the infinity of the work and its repels. All you have to do is believe in it.
Until September 28th
Simon Bérard and Tom Giampieri, “Pull the address”
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