Unidentified Living Objects… Works by Ardouvin, Dekyndt and Lepper at Parker’s Box, New York

The exhibition “Unidentified Living Objects…” at Parker’s Box, New York, features works by the artists Pierre Ardouvin, Edith Dekyndt and Gereon Lepper. The three works on display have one thing in common: they seem to have a life, independent of the decisions of their curators. Pierre Ardouvin’s “La Chose” (“The Thing”) is a monumental abstract structure made of PVC that seems to be breathing. Edith Dekyndt’s “Perpetual Room” consists of pulsing light that is projected onto a wall – turning out to be the pulsating light of a Mac computer, indicating the sleep mode of the computer. Gereon Lepper’s “Grenzgänger” (“Borderline Walker”) is a three-legged, motorized object, that climbs over an arrangement of wooden boxes.

VernissageTV met with the curator of the exhibition, Hélianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin on the evening of the opening reception. In this video, she talks about the concept of the exhibition, the works on display, and the artists.

Pierre Ardouvin (France) is represented by Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris. His work has been exhibited in prestigious venues such as the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, the Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Museum 52 in London; or the Musée d’Art contemporain, Marseille. He was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2007. Edith Dekyndt (Belgium) is represented by Parker’s Box, New York. Her work has been shown at a number of prestigious European venues: The Venice Biennial; Witte de With, Amsterdam; Krinzinger Projekt, Vienna; Musée des Arts contemporains du Grand Hornu, Brussels. Among her current and upcoming exhibitions are her participation in Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity”, at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York (March 18-April 11, 2010) and On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century at MoMA, New York curated by Connie Butler and Catherine de Zegher in the Fall of 2010. Gereon Lepper (Germany) is a graduate of the renowned Art Academy of Düsseldorf and his monumental outdoor sculptures are installed throughout Germany. His work has been exhibited in places as various as the Sydney Biennial; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Museum Fredericianum, Kassel; Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; the Creux de l’Enfer, Centre d’art contemporain, Thiers, France; and FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Unidentified Living Objects… – Works by Ardouvin, Dekyndt and Lepper. Exhibition at Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, New York. Interview with curator Hélianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin, March 6, 2010.

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