At the crossroad of heterogeneous temporalities, geographies and realities, Laurent Grasso’s films, sculptures, paintings and photographs immerse the viewer in an uncanny world of uncertainty. The artist creates mysterious atmospheres in which the boundaries of what we perceive and know are challenged. Anachronism and hybridity play an active role in this strategy, diffracting reality in order to recompose it according to his own rules. Fascinated by the way in which various powers can affect human conscience, Laurent Grasso tries to grasp, reveal and materialize the invisible. Ranging from collective fears to politics, through electromagnetic or paranormal phenomenon, the artist reveals what lies behind the commonly perceived and offers us a new perspective on history and reality.
In this vein, the core of this exhibition, the artist’s new film « Elysée » with an original soundtrack by Nicolas Godin suggests a subtle reflection on the perpetuation of the aesthetic signs of power. Unveiling the “Salon Doré”, personal office of the President of the French Republic, the camera lingers and grazes the XIXth Century gilded decorum (while the Elysée Palace has been erected in the XVIIIth) but also the contemporary objects with a certain intimacy which creates a temporal telescoping and displacement.
Other indexes and representations of power are scattered in the exhibition including a hieratic white marble “hand of Justice”, one of the regalia attributes of the kings of France, and the film Soleil Double which shows the emergence/apparition of an ominous double sun through the imposing fascist architecture of the uncanny Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in the EUR district in Roma (trace of the Mussolini era). The golden hue, the absolute, eternal and universal symbol of divine and power, prevails from the shimmering background of the oil paintings on panels reminiscent of Flemish and Italian primitives to the XIXth Century’s style visions of the Salon Doré, through the golden wood Anechoic Wall and the two brushed brass discs.
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday 28 April, 6 – 8pm
Inauguration Galerie Perrotin, Seoul