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Air de Paris: ADRIANA LARA | BEN KINMONT - 12 Mar 2016 to 7 May 2015

Current Exhibition

12 Mar 2016 to 7 May 2015

Air de Paris
32, rue Louise Weiss
FR - 75013
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Adriana Lara
12 MARS – 7 MAI 2016

Artists in this exhibition: Adriana Lara, Ben Kinmont

Adriana Lara

12 MARS – 7 MAI 2016
Vernissage le 12 mars à 18h. 

“Eggsplotion”: easy to grasp as neologisms go, but enigmatic nonetheless. So what do we mean by eggsplotion? The outcome of a straightforward physical phenomenon, the representation of some kind of culinary reassurance rooted in recourse to energy profusion. From behind this title emerge new artworks produced by different ideas, places and modes of collaboration. Theory, technology, mankind and food are brought together in the exhibition space by some accidental process.

“Dinner for 1”, for example, is an experiment carried out by the help of parisian restaurant “Sauvage”; as the embodiment of a contemporary, not to say futuristic vision of food, it forms the exhibition’s starting point. Also on show are Adriana Lara’s latest Interesting Theories, based on a system she developed in 2010: continuously generated shapes associated with fresh production of knowledge function as both chronicles and multiples in a wide variety of forms. Symptomatic of the possibility of eternal recontextualisation, these screens have become what might be called “sample diagrams”; their underlying principle is extremely reflexive, their subjects being none other than themselves!

Clearly, then, theory looms large – but so does technology. In particular in a video showing the moving graphs of the popular Live software used by composer/producer Emilio Acevedo, a fixture on the Mexico City electronic music scene for the last twenty years. Here music is mainly used by Adriana Lara as a visual field for quite a range of colours, spaces and lines. The song used for this installation is a dance piece like any other pop music product: a mix of cultural references sort of sound sandwich whose different layers we can nonetheless readily visualise. A kind of audiovisual readymade projected onto a curved screen that underscores its cyclical character. Spoken in English by a digitised voice, the words Wild, Animal, Disco, Deviant are some of the random components of the composition, backed up by a repertoire of especially heady generic sounds; the upshot being a light-hearted multicultural hit who sources are elusive.

There is also the new realism of Hanger (Hunger) Sculptures, whose punning title is borrowed from Esteban Valdés’s hombre hombre: this assemblage typifies the basic if precarious use of a simple object lifted from the everyday to trigger a new life as a sort of asterism vanishing its anthropomorphic quality via its sheer supera- bundance, the entanglement of objects then becomes pure phenomenon – but that isn’t all because out of the explosive contingency of “Eggsplotion” other new works will appear…


Ben Kinmont
“I am for you”

April 16th to 30th 2016

“We are the social sculpture!
This is the third sculpture!
You are the thinking sculpture!”

“I wish to open up our understanding of life. You are a ly friend, ly enemy, my sculpture. We are here to explain the notion of Social Sculpture, an idea given to us by Joseph Beuys during the Sixties, an idea very much related to German Nationalism and consciousness during the post-war years. As I am American my distorsions of his genius shall take expand Social Sculpture to include the personal, to include the intimate sides of our life, the embarrasing moments without the transcendental meaning of a shaman, and show how everyman and everymowan is an artist now, without the prerequisite of a transformed society, of the Green Party or the Party for Direct Referendum…”{1}

Air de Paris is very pleased to present the complete archive of “I am for you” initiated in New York in 1990, then activated the same year in Cologne. It will be reactivated by the distribution of 4 texts in the streets of Paris during the afternoon of the first day of the exhibition, then for the gallery's opening.

In Ben Kinmont's work, relative terminology of archive can be conjugated in present. Through “I am for you”, the artist is testing today — and again — his idea of third sculpture, thinking sculpture and thus invite us to reconsider what “We are a multitude” means!

Ben Kinmont currently has two solo exhibitions in Rennes.“We are a multitude” is on a view until Appril 22nd at Galerie Art et Essai as well as “Open by Chance – Appointment” at Cabinet du Livre d'Artiste. On the occasion of the opening, Air de Paris is also pleased to announce the launch of two recent books “Open by Chance & Appointment” and “The Antinomian Press”, bibliography of his publishing company at the gallery and a talk with Ben Kinmont on April 17th at 5 pm at Section 7 Books. {2}

{1} Extract from one of the 4 catalytic texts written by Ben Kinmont and distributed for “I am for you”'s activation.
{2} Section 7 Books, 31 passage du Ponceau Paris 2ème.

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