Poésie Balistique (Ballistic Poetry) follows on from Des gestes de la pensée (Gestures, and thought, 2013-2016). A new cycle of exhibitions at La Verrière, featuring fifteen artists and fifteen distinct worlds. All united by a process-oriented, critical approach to art. Taking sensory short-cuts, the exhibition presents the artists in dialogue with poets whose work with the written or spoken word explores the same tension between objectivity and opacity. Recalling ballistics – the study of the motion of projectiles – the works draw straight lines through space and through the mind, any theoretical pre-suppositions masked by the form itself. “Calculated impacts, felt rather than understood.”
The cycle will begin with a collective exhibition, followed by ten solo exhibitions. In Soft Resistance, Hessie presents ecru cotton canvases embroidered by white and coloured thread, buttons, tears and letters. “Slow, serial repetitions that build to a sublimation of form, while referencing a ‘liberating’ kind of labour, and given functional names: grilles, teaching sticks, vegetations and typewriters.”
In Novelty Ltd., Erwan Mahéo and Douglas Eynon integrate their artistic expressions across different spaces, separated by a vast embroidery. The centerpiece, created by Erwan Mahéo, implicitly traces the layout of the exhibition. While the French artist references the services sector via the presence of an office, on the other side of the embroidery Douglas Eynon installs clouds, mirrors and a mysterious hut, a symbolic and dreamlike counterpoint. An artistic diptych.
Tris Vonna-Michell narrates a troubling universe in Punctuations & Perforations. His work conjures the ghosts of people, places, stories and past situations in a collage of research, performance, images, film and writing. The result is a sort of sound poetry that nonetheless hints at documentary.
In October 2017, Spanish artist Dora García unveils her latest creation for La Verrière. “One unit: a space ‘apart’, magnified by the endlessly-shifting natural light pouring from the glass roof, the diagrammatic drawings on the walls, the presence of a book-sculpture… All forming a kind of stage set for a succession of performances before visitors to the gallery.” A work that inhabits the space between written and spoken word; between time and space; between theatre, philosophy and psychoanalysis. Where the conceptual meets the emotional, the logical and the mental. Somewhere, Two Planets Have Been Colliding for Thousands of Years (The Thinker as Poet).
In 2018, Jean-Luc Moulène is producing a special piece for La Verrière. Organic paintings blending tar and oil, interwoven with curious ‘ballistic’ figures and complemented by photographs and sculptures. All seen through the perspective of a series of moving mirrors. En angle mort.