“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS” at Jeanrochdard, Paris
Through its title, “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS”, this exhibition at Jeanrochdard primarily evokes Steven Spielberg’s famous 1977 movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It is also derived from ufologist J. Allen Hynek’s classification of Close Encounters, in which the third kind denotes human observations of «animate beings».
Here, the close encounter is the show itself. An event in which a person (the spectator) witnesses an unidentified object (the work of art). In direct association to Steven Spielberg’s UFO, John M. Armleder’s Furniture Sculpture with it’s colour fading stones, interacts with visitors, and the other works exhibited. Atmospheric, optical and contemplative encounters with images and objects, and the sense we make of them. Close Encounters explores the dialogues generated when the two (the viewer and the work of art) are brought together.
There, through prolonged encounters, the pieces can accrue meanings and perform functions, perhaps unimagined by the artists themselves, and often outside conventional art world discourse, participating in the rituals and rites of passage of people’s lives. These suburban artists, like Richard Dreyfuss character in the movie, use the objects of everyday life to make tangible works at once ordinary and bizarre revealing inner and emotional perception forward.
Trying to find the purpose of what we encounter going through the show, we then feel undeniably drawn to an isolated area where something spectacular is about to happen. Understanding contemporary art today therefore increasingly asks for an approach that is sensitive to local and changeable meanings. Then can start the investigation pushing us to look behind and further… what is out there, will we be hypnotically plunged into the artists minds and reach a destination: an infinite peace through an individual and inner dialogue with an artist where it all becomes readable but without a specific script or object. The whole constitutes an unpredictable tapestry of meaning-making, relationships and interrelationships to which visitors will inevitably contribute through the prisms of their own comprehension.
Featured artists – John M. Armleder, Steffen Bunte, Claire Decet, Luke Dowd, Samuel François, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, Andrew Laumann, Renato Leotta, Keegan Mchargue, Justin Morin, Morgan-Richard Murphey, Jed Ochmanek
until 13 October 2012
From left – Steffen Bunte, Vlies auf Kupfer (A/B) – Fleece on Copper (A/B), 2011; Justin Morin, Melted Bones, 2011
Luke Dowd, Void, 2012
Andrew Laumann, Untitled (Dog Walker), 2011
From left – Claire Decet, Specimen 1, 2012; Samuel François, The Joys Of Man 2, 2012; Renato Leotta, Untitled (Tunis), 2012
Morgan-Richard Murphey, Untitled, 2012
Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, Untitled (Palissade), 2012
John M.Armleder, Furniture Sculpture, 2002
Keegan McHargue, Untitled (Feditrus Troom), 2012
Jed Ochmanek, Untitled, 2012
Samuel François, The Joys Of Man 1, 2012
Courtesy of Jeanrochdard, Paris. Photos by Guillaume Ziccarelli