METAL WOMAN – HIDING
6 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER 2020
Laure Prouvost is a hunter-gather of stories for organic, sensorial spaces consisting of physical and virtual reality, where everything can be questioned. Spaces where there is no separation between art and life, and which expand into immersive installations of equally imposing videos, sculptures, tapestries, chandeliers, paintings and found objects. Here, the viewer is invited to leave behind the conventions of cinema and visual art to access the unfamiliar, ecstatic experience of the artist’s very own imagination, family mythology and personal recollections. In fact, Prouvost’s work excavating the past - especially childhood memories - can reactivate stimulating learning processes discarded when growing up in favor of facts, data and the written word in general, which she also undermines with aphorism and short poems. In her videos, for instance, these poems appear as white inscriptions on a black background, seemingly pulled from mischievous thoughts or playful puns hung at midpoint between English and French, her two languages. Juxtaposed against a mysterious, sometimes grotesque flow of images, they compete for attention with the artist’s own spoken narrative, whispered to the viewer like a precious, sensual secret. By activating the mechanics of consciousness, Prouvost embraces feelings of vulnerability and incompleteness that were suppressed to better perform the rituals of a capitalistic society. In doing so, she also claims art as the utopian “space to explore belonging to life, rather than critiquing it,” and unveils a world different from the one we assumed we owned.
Metal Woman – Hiding (2019) is a life size twig figure made of steel bars and a large flat- screen head playing a video. The sculpture is nonchalantly sitting on the floor, with bust forward and legs open showing off pink boobs and thighs that unequivocally confirm her feminine presence claimed in the title. In this exhibition, the body of the sculpture is somewhere else; what we are left with is the screen we are using to play the video and access her message. It comes with Prouvost’s dreamlike voice and footage over drab yet catchy lounge music, the perfect choice for meditation sessions. The artist takes on the role of a joyous prophet of the everyday, engaged in breaking down the walls of intimacy and reminding you to think, stop, and smell the roses. A counsel that resonates even more now, as we are all shaken by the topsy-turvy impact of the pandemic on lifestyles and meanings that until recently seemed irreplaceable.
THE EYE OF THE STORM – USER MANUAL
The Eye of the Storm is Blitz’s first online exhibition featuring videos and films by seven international artists and collectives invited to rethink and share their artworks in response to changes due to the pandemic.
In the physical galleries the rule is always the same: time follows space. A display is created based on the physical space, and the time of the visit will be reliant on the visitors’ attention span for the different artworks, and determined by the viewing conditions provided. For our first online exhibition, we have decided to prioritise time, whereby the artworks will be experienced in a sequence that collectively draws the viewer inward to a full coherence of the project.
From 3rd June one artwork is available monthly until December, when the last work will be revealed and all previously shown works made equally available. The exhibition will close at the end of the year, a symbolic date because that is when a collective attitude towards contemplating what we are leaving behind emerges, together with a confidence for new beginnings. Wherever we will be then, as we take it day by day in respect of fast-changing regulations, we hope that The Eye of the Storm will provide food for thought as we progress into the unknown.