Laurent comes to Vienna and the story begins. Or not. Looking around the city’s architecture, it becomes clear that the story began a long time ago. Laurent comes to Vienna and finds objects. Every object has its story – from the moment it was made until it finds itself in Laurent’s hands. All the places it has traveled through, all the people it has encountered, and all the functions it has served. Or maybe it hasn’t served its assumed function, but a different one. Or it was absolutely dysfunctional. Some objects have sad stories. Some have very simple, happy ones. They also have given qualities: their weight, size and the material they are made of. Some are wooden, some are plastic; some have crystal spikes. Some could have been made by more or less prominent Austrian names, others in labor camps of China.
August 13, 2014, Brussels, Laurent’s apartment
I’m staring at Laurent’s objects. His carefully found pieces of furniture and the painted objects displayed on the mantelpiece. I’m contemplating the difference between them. Objects as such are not alive. They do not move. Somehow the painted objects (of Laurent’s) seem to be even more inanimate. They reach another level of stillness – a meditative, introverted state of an object. Deprived of their function, they have internalized their external characteristics: color, material, weight. Rather monks than objects in disguise. They acquire new characteristics, another presence. Monumental in their emptiness.
August 22, 2014, Vienna, the Login of Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Laurent puts the objects on the floor of the vitrine. They stand in the neon light. There is tension. They are excavated prototypes of themselves. I like to look at them. The way the color stands out and almost makes an aureole.
August 23, 2014, Vienna, in the Porzellanmuseum im Augarten
I’m staring at the glass vitrine filled with porcelain objects manufactured by the Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten in the 1940s in Vienna. Their provenance is out there and crystal clear.
Laurent Dupont-Garitte's Objekte aus Wien is the first presentation in the frame of OKO, a series of solos initiated by Agata Jastrząbek at various locations.
Laurent Dupont-Garitte (born 1976 in Belgium) works with painting, sound, film, smoke and other media. His practice is in constant search in which the methodology is not preconceived, but rather evolves in the process. Digging into the subjectivity of perception through time is this practice's main concern. After American Objects L.A. 2012, Objets de Bruxelles 2012, and WIELS Objects 2013, Laurent Dupont-Garitte spent this summer working on Objekte aus Wien. What forms will the artist’s encounter with Vienna take? To what extent can the archetypal personality of this city be muted by his own experience? Works by Laurent Dupont-Garitte were shown in the gallery’s show Prolongation in 2012.
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