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Opening: November 3, 2011 at 7p.m.
Moscow Biennale Presentation
Bump it! is a process applied to a series of Bertrand Planes’ art pieces. The artist finds and sets up an object or a group of objects - mostly trivial, second hand and humanised - in an exhibition space. He then snaps a photo. The created scene is then covered over evenly with white paint with the help of a gun. Photographs of the scene (now white) are stored and processed by a device developed by the CNRS (a French scientific laboratory). In the exhibition space, a video projector screens the original image onto the white shapes. The software smoothes out anamorphosis and distortion as the projection decorates the initial scene again by faithfully adhering to its outlines, colours and texture, which creates the impression of witnessing a trompe-l’oeil (optical illusion). The projection alternates like a slide-show between a white neutrality – which reveals a stripped-down scene while highlighting its physical reality – and a trompe-l’oeil that once again lends colour and texture to the set-up. This paradoxically grants a familiar aspect to the new scene.
For a European, travelling through Russia inevitably calls to mind a succession of white landscapes. Landscapes so wide they become abstract. Representing both an abstract and concrete space of projection, Russia is perceived almost as a natural Bump it!.
For his Bump it! Tour, Bertrand Planes will travel by car through 12 cities, from Vladivostok to Moscow, and create 12 Bump it! in each one of them. The short timeframe and the vast distances covered have compelled the artist to undertake his series of successive exhibitions with a rhythm of maximal organisation and controlled dreaming. Every stage of the journey will be a source of material and a new inspiration for a series of exhibitions which, by definition, will be excessive. The artist will carry out the experiments, with the help of a video projector and a car, throughout natural sites encountered during his trip.
A last Bump it! will be presented in Moscow, as a result of the inevitable and anticipated exhaustion of the artist, in a both physical and creative sense. “Why another piece?” – this “dead angle” question about art is underlined by the voluntarily excessive device. A film recounting the trip from Vladivostok to Moscow will accompany this last installation and will be part of the artist’s work of art on the same level as the series of exhibitions. This film will draw its inspiration from the “road movie” genre but will also include elements of a “making of.” This simple hybridisation, in between the initiatory journey and the need to succeed, bestows a unique point of view upon the artist.
Like much of Bertrand Planes’s work, the Bump it! process delves into the practice of computer technologies and the state of mind that goes with it, while approaching it in a new context and from a more existential perspective.
Technically, two steps are needed to visually compose a digital object. At first a graphic designer creates a neutral volume. In the digital world there is no material nor texture… nothing to be reflected, no background. It is only afterwards that the “artificial” texture is applied. In Bump it! it is the trompe-l’oeil sequence that appears as the most elaborate and artificial, but the “white moment” both evokes the pictorial tradition of fading and a metaphorical emptiness which is hard not to feel.