The ‘Inside’ exhibition begins with an invitation to look inside oneself; via the work of Numen/For Use at the entrance. Organically shaped by the forces of tension, it is a transparent sculpture suspended by outstretched arms, beckoning guests to clamber into its naturalistic limbs, and feel their way through it’s responsive veins. This fluid structure, comprised of only scotch tape welcomes guests into the consuming space that is ‘Inside’.
The transformation of Palais de Tokyo seeks to draw us inside the organism it has become, but also within our own psychology. It allows the art within to transcend objectivity boundaries and forces us to explore our innermost emotions, binding artist, viewer and gallery irretrievably in the memory. A group exhibition showcasing the work of 31 artists, who have each metamorphosed areas of the exhibition space. Plunged from room to room into the psyche of the artists, both sensorial and emotional, to take us to the core of our being and challenge and explore this through the artists conception.
A startling, and at times disconcerting odyssey into their newly transformed spheres results in a exploration of the depth within the viewers own head. Throughout the journey, our interpretations of self and security are subverted and disturbed, and commonplace identified notions in our modern world become dubious. The spaces range from the bizarre; Abraham Poincheval documents his autonomous living inside an inhabitable sculpture of a bear, to the macabre; a wax body has been laid on a table, it’s head trapped inside a doll-sized house, by Andro Wekua. Accept the challenge of this unmissable foray into a realm less traversed.
until 11 January 2015
photography by onduleé