16 October 2017 - 11 January 2018
ARTISTS: Pia Rondé & Fabien Saleil
Curator: Léa Bismuth
With the large installation Cité-Fantôme, Pia Rondé and Fabien Saleil develop a space to be approached both physically and mentally, to be crossed as a narrative, by the visitor solicited choreographically, by the movements of his body and his experience. It is an integral part of the work by activating it by its walk and its detours, to the rhythm of its steps, forking to better locate in the meanders. Thus, he becomes the actor of a space made up of glass plates assembled in a pavement fragmented on the ground, but also of plates erected as openings or dead ends. Everything is shadow and light, transparency and penumbra sculpted with projected silhouettes.
This "projection" is to be taken according to a double meaning: projection of light in the cinematographic sense of the term, like a magic lantern; but also projection of plans in the architectural sense; Between poetry and structure, wandering and fantasy. It must be understood that this is, in volume, only one and only drawing, a dream drawing as if it were an impossible framing to achieve, but nevertheless perceptible by the multiplicity of points of view of those who cross it. In other words: we are captives of a dream, the space of a lived journey.
Thus, the labyrinth and the maze, universal and archaic forms, are experienced as metaphors for a journey based on detours and sinuosities. We know well, in all cultures, the various forms of the labyrinth and its spiritual connotations, which touch on unprecedented paradoxes: an organization of chaos, a progression by slowness or regression, a constructive disorientation; and a confusion that produces meaning, the unknown, as well as knowledge.
Léa Bismuth, curator of the exhibition
Pia Rondé & Fabien Saleil, Plans, 2017, etching and aquatint drawing on zinc plate, 90 cm x 70 cm
© Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro
THE TRIO ARTISTS / CURATOR
Pia Rondé & Fabien Saleil
In 2013 Pia Rondé and Fabien Saleil were selected for Jeune création. Among the group exhibitions between 2014 and 2015: "Au-delà de l'image" at the Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro (Paris), "La légende des origines" at the Galerie Maubert (Paris), "Distances" at the Galerie LATO (Prato, Italy).
Following a three-month residency at the Bernard Boesch Museum (Le Pouliguen), they present their personal exhibition "Plongement" at the Espace Short in Nantes. Also in 2015, they obtained the support grant for artistic research from the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques) and assistance for the first solo exhibition from the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques).
In March 2016 took place their solo exhibition "La campagne est noire de soleil" at the Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris, curated by Léa Bismuth. In 2017 they participated in the collective exhibitions "Crystal Palace" at the Escougnou-Cetraro Gallery, Paris, "La confrérie du bois" at RURART Rouillé, "Face à l'aura" at the Centre d'art Image/Imatge d'Orthez, "Interiorities" at Labanque de Béthune.
Their exhibition project "Cité Fantôme" (curated by Léa Bismuth) has been selected by the Centre d'art Drawing Lab where it will be exhibited from October 2017 to January 2018.
The artist duo Pia Rondé & Fabien Saleil, respectively born in 1986 in Grasse and born in 1983 in Ségur (live and work in Noisy-Le-Sec) and represented by Escougnou-Cetraro.