ROMAIN CRELIER: La Mise en Abîme, 2013, used oil, metal, at the Abbey-church of Bellelay, Switzerland
Entitled LaMise en Abîme, the mesmerising installation comprises two large, extremely precise and impeccably finished receptacles in which vast quantities of used oil are contained. Shaped like giant puddles, the sculptures with their shiny, and lacquer surfaces (thanks to the expressive properties of oil) reflect the surrounding, allowing the viewers to interact with the architecture of the church by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture itself. The installation not only dispenses multiple visual thrills and mysteries but also offers a moment where sculpture creates another reading of space.
Working in a scale simultaneously monumental and intimate, these sculptures continue CRELIER‘s career-long exploration of the space through conceptual engagement with buildings as well as his experimentation with light and dark, form and void, inside and outside, surface and depth, abstraction and figuration, reflection and absorption.
This exhibition is currently on view the Abbey-church of Bellelay, Switzerland and is running through September 16, 2013
“Ocean’s Teardrop” by Luca Vaime, via 500px
Training and learning immensely from Elephants in Chiangmai. They are animals of an other-worldly presence who have incredibly deep and loyal relationships with their families.
When she was young, and the world was full of infinite secrets, restlessly awaiting discovery, she found something remarkable. She and her mother were shopping, an activity which always started with the possibility of purchasing a new identity and ended in exhaustion. She was still wearing a “simply adorable” white frock while the sales woman and her mother poked and prodded her with shrill exclamations. When the conversation miraculously bored of her appearance, she wandered away through the clothing racks. She came upon a full length mirror and rested her cheek on the cool surface. When she looked into the mirror she was startled to be looking straight into the enlarged entirety of her right eye; there was only her eye, and suddenly her entire world was brown and black with hints of green. Her eye was no longer the 2D brown and black circle that she drew in self-portraits. There were hundreds of shapes with soft, perfectly smooth surfaces that were stretched as if in a lava lamp. When she looked at her pupil, she was no longer staring at a reflection but looking into a realm that existed entirely outside of her physical existence. She realized that she was privy to something that was not meant to be seen, and she barely breathed so as to not scare away the miracle as it unfolded.