One frame life

One frame life | exhibition view

Luciana Lamothe’s inspiration develops both from working in the studio and from the public space. When she gets bored or loses creativity, the artist goes out into the streets to compare the logic of art to reality to see if it holds up, if the ideas are valuable, if the means of expression are efficient. Today, public space is becoming increasingly unfit for any intervention, because it is now mainly considered as a transition space from one store to another, from one production space to another… Why should one sit? Read? Share a meal or a conversation? There are places where you can pay for that. The free public space will soon become a memory, and that’s why Luciana’s actions inside it acquire an almost vandalic nature, by the simple fact of wanting to consider it and to use it differently. 

The small sculptures (A dentro, 2022) refer to a threshold too, that of the resistance of the metal, which composes them, pushed to the maximum of its capacity to become a sort of lace or edge with fragile facets which prevent their original use. One would not think of reaching out to grab these handles, since the pleasure of contemplating these delicate objects distract us from the impulse to enter, to continue this productive journey in our day, from one space to another. The artist brings together modern steel and ancient bronze, which both share the same coquetry in the precision of their motifs, one tarnished and the other, on the contrary, restored to its former splendor. Other reflective surfaces than those of metal, daily and discreet witnesses of scenes like Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Wedding (1434), in the intimacy of our homes, in the coldness of our offices or in the indifference of the so-called shared spaces. 

Text excerpt by Dorothée Dupuis

One frame life | exhibition view
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Bronze | 16,5 x 6,5 x 4,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Bronze | 16,5 x 6,5 x 4,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Bronze | 12,5 x 5,5 x 6 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Bronze | 16,5 x 6,5 x 4,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Bronze | 8 x 8 x 8,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Stainless steel | 17 x 8,5 x 8 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Bronze | 9 x 6 x 2,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Stainless steel | 11 x 4,5 x 2,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Stainless steel | 24 x 4,5 x 8 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Stainless steel | 6 x 18 x 3,6 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Stainless steel | 10 x 20,5 x 3,5 cm
Untitled from the series A dentro | 2022 | Stainless steel | 13 x 7 x 1 cm
One frame life | video

One frame life | 2022

Exhibition view: Alberta Pane Gallery | Paris | France
PH: Mami Kiyoshi