Spaces of spaces

Walgreens Windows 

The BASS, Contemporary art museum, Miami Beach

December 2021 - April 2022

curated by Leilani Lynch and Alexandra Romy

with 

 

Annabelle Agbo Godeau, Clifford E. Bruckmann, Lauren Coullard, Bella hunt & ddc, Maya Hottarek, Pauline Cordier, Anne-Laure Franchette, Zoé de Soumagnat, Jessy Razafimandimby, Julie Monot 

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Annabelle Agdo Godeau, (Muffled chatter continues), Oil on canvas, 130x160 cm, 2020

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Julie Monot, Hamac 1 & Hamac II, Hair, paracod, variabe dimensions, 2018 & 2020

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Jessy Razafimandimby, Need more trouble, mixed media, variable dimensions, 2021

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Maya Hottarek, 639 Saucer, its the frequency of the heart chakra and sau- cer is a hint to its ufo like shape, Glazed ceramic, hair, paracod, 35x35cm, 2021

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Zoé de Soumagnat, There I, 40 x 30 cm, engraved and painted mirror, 2021

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Lauren Coullard, Hennin, Oil on wood, 40x30x3cm, 2021
Anne-Laure Franchette, Les outils de Gérard, Turned indian rosewood, copper paint on steel, 2021

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Anne-Laure Franchette, Les outils de Gérard, Turned indian rosewood, copper paint on steel, 2021

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Bella Hunt & ddc, Vase poisson, Glazed ceramic, 43x24x10cm, 2020
Bella Hunt & ddc, Chandelier, Glazed ceramic, 80x20cm, 2021
Bella Hunt & ddc, Mandorle, Stucco, 50x32cm, 2020

pictures Philip Frowein

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Bella Hunt & ddc, Mandorle, Stucco, 50x32cm, 2020

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The exhibition is inspired by Espèces d’espaces (Species of Spaces) a French novel written by Georges Perec in 1974. In it, Perec explores spaces that we inhabit and our everyday surroundings and objects, from the molecular to the meta. Through exhaustively detailed descriptions, which move from the minute (a staircase or doorway) to the massive (the city or the world), Perec creates a taxonomy of everyday architecture, objects and places and the worlds we make around them.

The Walgreens storefronts are sequenced into portions and treated as living units. Each work evokes a style and narratives indicative of the artist that created them, reminding viewer of the maker behind the object, much like the inhabitants of a room, apartment, city or country.

The group presentation emphasizes description rather than narration. It displays familiar shapes, a scenography of hybrid domesticity, depicting several scenes in which the artworks inhabit space together. Located in public space while remaining enclosed, the interiority of the window spaces creates a unique bridge between inside and outside, public and private. With artworks that recall the uncanny and familiar, Species of Spaces attempts to create an encounter that fuses art and life.

Leilani Lynch and Alexandra Romy