In spring 2015, Les Turbulences – Frac Centre will be inaugurating a new cycle of exhibitions and events titled Relief(s). As a sign and as a mythical object, the mountain is a geographical category of the common sense which summons up a collective and universal imagination. For architecture, this “ultimate form of relief” represents a pure otherness, a form of resistance that is in a state of tension with its original programme of analysis and organization of the world.
So over and above the productivist relation to the territory introduced by modernity, the mountain is still that insurmountable and unfathomable domain with which artists and architects involve us. From representation to cartography and simulation, they remain the special “go-betweens” of the mountainous landscape.
The programme will explore different presences of the relief in art in the past sixty years, flushing out the aesthetic and political meanings which they convey. The representation of “elementary” natural forms is thus involved for the radical architecture of the 1960s as the medium of a criticism of the models issuing from industrial society.
In its quest for the liberation of forms, the architecture-sculpture of the same period makes the relief the clue for an “augmented” experience of space: it delimits a new topographical horizon which digital tools nowadays make it possible to materialize, and it engages a state of heightened perception for the body.
This cycle sheds a new light on the way in which contemporary art can renew our reading of the landscape and, more broadly, of the environment, at a time when it is being forged more by human action than by any other force, be it natural or geological.
It is this encounter and this consummate hybridization between the rational order of a controlled production of space and this fundamental exteriority of the mountain that Relief(s) proposes to question through different moments.
A group show titled Reliefs – Architecturing the Horizon will create a dialogue between the FRAC Centre’s collection and contemporary art, emerging and recognized alike. The visual circuit, devised in collaboration with the artist Aurélie Pétrel, will help to conjugate the presences of the works and their renewal with the definition of interplays of “viewpoints”. In this way, the exhibition will revisit the idea of hanging, tending towards the idea of the “grip” or “hold”, that elementary form on which the mountaineer projects himself and moves, but also where light reveals and creates the conditions of the way we look at things.
For the first time, the Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi will present his installationreverse of volume FC, thus winding up a production residency. Somewhere between fragility and massiveness, this reverse relief will offer visitors an experience of sensory immersion and stimulation.
In the same time, the FRAC will be devoting one of its first major solo shows to Gérard Singer. This great lover of mountaineering incarnates, all on his own, the material innovation and the first digital experiments situated on the borderline of art and architecture, in view of an urban updating of the mountain’s natural “complexity”.
In September, a week of events and workshops will be organized around a proposal involving the occupation of space put forward by the Peaks architects’ collective: or how the relief forms not so much a geographical datum, but an alternative ground from which to challenge and get away from our habits.
This cycle will also go hand-in-hand with a programme of cultural action. The different parts of Relief(s) will thus trace many different circuits, akin to so many invitations for visitors to walk around Les Turbulences, like an architectural and urban relief.
Open from 10/04/2015 to 20/09/2015
From Wednesday to Sunday: 12 pm – 7 pm
Late night opening until 8 pm every first Thursday of the month
Les Turbulences – Frac Centre
88 Rue du Colombier
Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, Programme curator at Les Turbulences – Frac Centre
Aurélien Vernant, Research curator at Les Turbulences – Frac Centre
Aurélie Pétrel In association with the Les Turbulences – Frac Centre team for the exhibition set designs.
News source Frac Centre Orleans
Images from exhibition release.