Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Willem de Rooij
Nathalie du Pasquier
17 February – 18 March
Campoli Presti, London
2 February – 4 March
Campoli Presti, Paris
Plages brings together artists that meditate on the place of the subject inthe marking of aspace.The works exploredifferent vision instruments through which we approach everyday objects, and therefore our distance towards them, as well as the opposition between private space and exhibition space throughpremeditated patterns that discuss the idea of functionality.Besidesits usual translation asbeach, the French termPlageisabroadnotionthatindicatesthe perimeter of a space, a time lapse or the latitude between two elements -in this casepublic/private,home/business, decorative/functional.
By pointing out the history of object production and everyday material culture, artistssuch asSarah Charlesworth, Monika Baer, Nathalie du Pasquier, Amy Sillman, Louise Lawler, Marisa Merz and Isabelle Cornaro reframe overlooked, ordinary objects and question their purpose as consumption, design, or admiration while settinga new distance between subject and object, foreground and background, as in the site-specific, reflective work of Liz Deschenes. The displacement of domestic objects often takesthe form of a renewed artistic appropriation.
The continuity between adomestic space and the exhibition space can also be addressed through the emancipation of design from taste limitations and functional demands. By radicalizing design-based techniques, the work of artists like Nick Mauss, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, and Willem de Rooij can channel multiple painting traditions and reveal collaborative processes. Cheyney Thompson’sinterpretation and intentional distortion of reproductive techniques can take the shape of repetitive patterns that delineate the exhibition area ina suite of canvases.
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