Clust

March 31 to May 6, 2007

A new work by Vincent Lamouroux

Gallery 727
727 South Spring Street
LA, CA 90014

Opening Reception: Friday March 30, 7 pm

Public Hours: Thur-Sat., 12pm-6pm or by appointment.

Organized by Céline Kopp


Vincent Lamouroux, Grounded, 2005, Mixed media
installation, Installation view at Le Crédac,
Ivry sur Seine, France. Courtesy the artist

 

As part of its off-site series of events, ART2102 is pleased to introduce French artist Vincent Lamouroux for his first appearance in Los Angeles. Clust, a new site-specific installation, will be produced for the occasion at Gallery 727, in downtown L.A.

Vincent Lamouroux’s sculptures and installations provide a physical experience of disrupted spatiality to discover territories expanded by the imaginary impulse. Often realized in situ, his work reveals the spatial characteristics of a site, but hopes to move away from fixed concepts of in situ, while pushing them back with an openness of a cinema screen. Connecting body motion and imaginary drive, Vincent Lamouroux endeavors to produce forms that always suggest movement, be it real motion or a freeze-frame, to fade-in notions of space where one can not decide whether action has past or is imminent. The artist references sculpture in relation to a larger visual culture that has already assimilated the aesthetics of avant-gardes, cinematographic fictions of anticipation and technological imagery. Yet Vincent Lamouroux’s sculptures resist being fully situated in time and produce an atmosphere where time seems to be suspended. If the artist’s interest toward utopias of progress and sci-fi remains formally visible, it is to be seen as a fascination towards one’s imagination and capacity to produce forms, since they are already obsolete at the moment of their creation.

Clust, Vincent Lamouroux’s new sculptural installation at Gallery 727, develops concepts of ambiguity and absence of cloudless formulation as central concerns. Suspended in the gallery space, an assemblage of geometric motifs presents themselves as vacillating nascent forms. Clust – Cluster – lust, visibly induces a force of attraction. The laws of gravity do not appear to apply to the structure, the concretion of elements seem to be the result of a form of magnetism. Clust could be the still of an earthquake or the draft of a landscape, but this rather utopian idea embraces its own slide. Indeed, the sculpture exists in the tension between a natural and organically generated form and its obviously constructed and low-tech appearance. Built with crude materials such as drywall, Plexiglas and metal, the sculpture reveals its artificiality and presents itself as a prototype, or a set décor that visualizes alternative technology and fantasy.

Vincent Lamouroux was awarded the 2006 Le Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard. Has exhibited at MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; IMOCA, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; MAC, Santiago de Chile, Chile; CAC Vilnius, Lithuania. He will be included in Airs de Paris, curated by Christine Macel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France in 2007.

For further information, please contact info_at_art2102_dot_org or Gallery 727 at 213-627-9563.

View more about the artist’s work at www.vincentlamouroux.net.

This exhibition is kindly supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The French Consulate in Los Angeles, FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) and Gallery 727.

ART2102 wishes to thank Lawrence Asher Gallery, Galerie GP & N Vallois Paris, CMC Drywall, Westwood Building Materials Co, York Chang, and Hugo Hopping for their help and support.

 

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