days, between placing and displacing

Jean-Pascal Flavien
September 19 – October 25, 2014

Sequence (chair, bed, table, pillow), 2014 (front, detail)

Sequence (chair, table, chair, table, chair), 2014 (back)

Both works: PU paint on metal, wool fabric

Custom-made furniture-stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder-are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.

 

Outlet, 2014 (wall, left)

Electrical outlet, vacuumed blue plastic, plexiglas, screws

Blue and yellow electrical outlet covers punctuate the space.

 

Sink, 2014 (wall, back)

Vacuumed red PVC, metal, PVC pipes, PVC tap

Flavien has introduced objects usually found in domestic settings, turning the exhibition, in the artist’s words, into a house. Upon entering, visitors are faced with a functioning sink that acts to destabilize standard expectations of an exhibition space.

 

The room, 2014 (wall, left)

Two radios, two wireless switches, vacuumed plastic

An electrical switch at the entrance allows visitors to turns on or off lights, another one, in a less familiar gesture, the power to two radios that have been hung on the wall.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

From left to right:

Sink, 2014
Vacuumed red PVC, metal, PVC pipes, PVC tap
The artist has introduced objects usually found in domestic settings, turning the exhibition, in the artist’s words, into a house. Upon entering, visitors are faced with a functioning sink that acts to destabilize standard expectations of an exhibition space.

Outlet, 2014
Blue vacuumed PET plastic, plexiglas, screws, plastic outlet
Blue and yellow electrical outlet covers punctuate the space.

Sequence (chair, table, chair, table, chair), 2014
PU paint on metal, wool fabric
Custom-made furniture—stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder—are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Sequence (chair, table, chair, table, chair), 2014 (front)
Sequence (chair, bed, table, pillow), 2014 (back)
Sequence (chair, interval, stool, table), 2014 (back room)
All works: PU paint on metal, wool fabric
Custom-made furniture—stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder—are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements, perhaps speaking a language based on the activities they indicate: to sit in a chair or on a stool, to use a table or small footstool.

The room, 2014 (wall)
Two radios, two wireless switches, vacuumed plastic
The artist has introduced objects usually found in domestic settings, turning the exhibition, in the artist’s words, into a house. An electrical switch at the entrance allows visitors to turns on or off lights, another one, in a less familiar gesture, the power to two radios that have been hung on the wall.

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

The room, 2014 (wall, left)
Two radios, two wireless switches, vacuumed plastic
The artist has introduced objects usually found in domestic settings, turning the exhibition, in the artist's words, into a house. An electrical switch at the entrance allows visitors to turns on or off lights, another one, in a less familiar gesture, the power to two radios that have been hung on the wall.

Sequence (chair, interval, stool, table), 2014 (back room)
Sequence (chair, bed, table, pillow), 2014 (middle)
Both works: PU paint on metal, wool fabric
Custom-made furniture-stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder-are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.

2 Dresses (working title), 2014 (wall, right)
Cotton, thread
Part of the exhibition was a person chosen by the artist who did spend time in Flavien's breathing house: le maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012-). Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: the blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one in the gallery.

Outlet, 2014 (wall, right)
Electrical outlet, vacuumed blue plastic, Plexiglas, screw
Blue and yellow electrical outlet covers punctuate the space.

Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Sequence (chair, bed, table, pillow), 2014 (front)
PU paint on metal, wool fabric
Custom-made furniture-stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder-are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.
 
2 Dresses (working title), 2014 (wall)
Cotton, thread
Part of the exhibition was a person chosen by the artist who did spend time in Flavien's breathing house: le maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012-). Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: the blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one in the gallery.
 
Outlet, 2014 (wall)
Electrical outlet, vacuumed blue plastic, Plexiglas, screw
Blue and yellow electrical outlet covers punctuate the space.
 
Short story house: House with things outside, 2014 (back)
Painted wood, leather, yarn spool (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminum (shelf)
Each of the 5 models in the exhibition is paired with a book containing a short story written by the artist that tells of inhabitants and events pertaining to the structure, evoking a vivid impression of each house as individual presence.
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

2 Dresses, 2014
Cotton, thread

Bag with Photos (working title), 2014 
Cotton, thread, C-Prints

Part of the exhibition is a person chosen by the artist who has spent time in his breathing house: le maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012–) and who was present in the gallery. She spoke of her experience and showed pictures of her time at the breathing house. Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: a blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one in the gallery.

 
The room, 2014 (wall, left)
Two radios, two wireless switches, vacuumed plastic
Flavien has introduced objects usually found in domestic settings, turning the exhibition, in the artist's words, into a house. An electrical switch at the entrance allows visitors to turns on or off lights, another one, in a less familiar gesture, the power to two radios that have been hung on the wall.

Sequence (chair, interval, stool, table), 2014 (back room)
Sequence (chair, bed, table, pillow), 2014 (middle)
Both works: PU paint on metal, wool fabric
Custom-made furniture-stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder-are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.

2 Dresses (working title), 2014 (wall, right)
Cotton, thread
Part of the exhibition was a person chosen by the artist who did spend time in Flavien's breathing house: le maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012-). Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: the blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one in the gallery.

Outlet, 2014 (wall, right)
Electrical outlet, vacuumed blue plastic, Plexiglas, screw
Blue and yellow electrical outlet covers punctuate the space.
 
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

2 Dresses, 2014 

Cotton, thread

Bag with Photos (working title), 2014 
Cotton, thread, C-Prints

Part of the exhibition was a person chosen by the artist who did spend time in his breathing house: le maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012-). In the exhibition she spoke of her experience and showed pictures of her time at the breathing house. Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: the blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one in the gallery.

 

Sequence (chair, bed, table, pillow), 2014 (back)

Sequence (chair, interval, stool, table), 2014 (back room)

Both works: PU paint on metal, wool fabric

Custom-made furniture-stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder-are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

2 Dresses, 2014
Cotton, thread

Bag with Photos (working title), 2014 
Cotton, thread, C-Prints

Part of the exhibition is a person chosen by the artist who has spent time in his breathing house: le maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012–) and who was present in the gallery. She spoke of her experience and showed pictures of her time at the breathing house. Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: the blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one in the gallery.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

From left to right:
 
Short story house: Over a house, 2014
Painted wood, Stones, leather (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminum (shelf)

Short story house: House with things outside, 2014 (other room)
Painted wood, leather, yarn spool (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminum (shelf)
 
Short story house: Ballardian one, 2014
Spray painted cardboard, Plexiglas, stones
 
Short story house: House with things behind, 2014
Painted wood, steel wool, leather, sewing thread, foam (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminum (shelf)

 

Short story house: Trellis house, 2014
Epoxi resin, Plexiglas, metal, leather (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminium (shelf)


Five models of houses are exhibited on custom-made cast aluminum shelves. Each model is paired with a book containing a short story written by the artist that tells of inhabitants and events pertaining to the structure, evoking a vivid impression of each house as individual presence. The combination, without an apparent contradiction, of familiar and unfamiliar and even somewhat nonsensical elements seems to allude to the operations of dreams and their high tolerance for ambivalence.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Short story house: House with things outside, 2014, painted wood, leather, yarn spool (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminum (shelf), 8 x 45 x 24 cm (house model), 21 x 13,15 x 1,2 cm (book), 51 x 69 x 35 cm (shelf)
 
Photo: © Andrea Rossetti
Sequence (ladder, interval, chair, bed, chair), 2014 (left)
Sequence (chair, chair, stool, stool, stool), 2014 (right)
PU paint on metal, wool fabric
Custom-made furniture—stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder—are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements.
 
Short story house: Over a house, 2014 (wall)
Painted wood, Stones, leather (house model), offset on paper (book), cast aluminum (shelf)
Each of the 5 models in the exhibition is paired with a book containing a short story written by the artist that tells of inhabitants and events pertaining to the structure, evoking a vivid impression of each house as individual presence.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

days, between placing and displacing

Jean-Pascal Flavien
September 19 – October 25, 2014
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Esther Schipper is pleased to present days, between placing and displacing, Jean-Pascal Flavien’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

 

Flavien has introduced objects usually found in domestic settings, turning the exhibition, in the artist’s words, into a house. Upon entering, visitors are faced with a functioning sink that acts to destabilize standard expectations of an exhibition space. An electrical switch at the entrance allows visitors to turns on or off lights, another one, in a less familiar gesture, the power to two radios that have been hung on the wall. Blue and yellow electrical outlet covers punctuate the space. Custom-made furniture—stools, chairs, a day-bed, tables and a ladder—are placed in sequences numbering between 3 and 6 elements that appear to articulate concise statements, perhaps speaking a language based on the activities they indicate: to sit in a chair or on a stool, to use a table or small footstool. Both precise and poetic one imagines the dynamic created by the lines of objects to be similar to that created by words in a sentence: slight alterations may fundamentally change their meaning.

 

Part of the exhibition is a person chosen by the artist who has spent time in his breathing house: la maison respire in Parc Saint Léger (2012-) and who will be present in the gallery. She will speak of her experience and show pictures of her time at the breathing house. Two dresses, designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, also constitute a link between built structure and exhibition: a blue one was worn in the breathing house, the white one will cloth her in days, between placing and displacing.

 

Five models of houses are exhibited on custom-made cast aluminum shelves. Each model is paired with a book containing a short story written by the artist that tells of inhabitants and events pertaining to the structure, evoking a vivid impression of each house as individual presence. The combination, without an apparent contradiction, of familiar and unfamiliar and even somewhat nonsensical elements seems to allude to the operations of dreams and their high tolerance for ambivalence.

 

Although they are posed as characters, the houses are not to be understood as psychological beings but rather as conceptual entities, representing ideas, locations, and events in which the architectural conditions can determine the behavior of its inhabitants (and vice versa). Jean-Pascal Flavien's work explores how architecture shapes our experience of space but also how it can more fundamentally determine our experience of ourselves and of others.

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