For her second solo show at the Alberta Pane Gallery, Marie
Denis presents a new series of works that aim to uninhibit notions of
beauty and decorative. The exhibition "Eyes in the back of the head"
invites the visitors to widen their field of view, and multiply their
senses when contacting sculptures ranging from the very large to the
very small. Marie Denis wants above all to produce endorphin and to
create pleasure with the perception of her works. The exhibition´s
principle direction follows the ideas of customization and
reemployment, which are manners of reinjecting research into forms
already created. Deconstruct, reconstruct. From the Cambodian plastic
bag to the peacock´s feather, the artist transforms her sculptures and
objects by revisiting the materials that constitute them.
The peacock feathers are again emphasized with Azul, an ensemble of
eight fans captured under frame, like samples analyzed under oversized
slides. The radiation of delicate adjusted feathers evokes a notion of
the Uncanny, described in Ernst Jentsch´s essay written in 1906.
Hundreds of peacock eyes stare at the observer who discovers this
plumed layered glass, becoming this ocular sculpture´s third eye. Melle
Choura, an amply−sized sculpture inflated with the help of a
ventilator, is an immense sack made up of hundreds of colored, plastic
bags, like those that overrun the landscape of Cambodia. From this
involuntary pollution and poetry, Marie Denis wished to create an
oversized object of wonderment with acidic colors. Other curiosities,
dear to the artist, are presented above the seats created for the
exhibition on which the visitor will meditate: glass spheres,
photographs, fax prints.
"Real charade in movement" , Marie Denis deciphers and transforms the
material to give us a personal, poetic and fanciful definition of
Communiqué de presse
"Les yeux en face
des trous" Texte de Catherine Brice