From June 15 to September 16, 2012, I Wish Blue Could Be Water, Echo of the Moon, a double exhibition by Vanessa Safavi & Luca Francesconi, and a project room with Capucine Vandebrouck, curated by Sophie Kaplan.
These two exhibitions look into the extended practice of sculpture today, notably with regard to its materials: the actual raw materials, ranging from marble to plastic, and the cultural materials serving as an underpinning: popular art, literature, music, etc.
I Wish Blue Could Be Water, Vanessa Safavi:
Young Swiss artist Vanessa Safavi has chosen this title, with its mix of the utopian and the concrete, for a group of works speculating about the concepts of order and chaos, nature and culture, the primitive and the civilized. Exploring a wide range of materials, formats and media, her works find their overall consistency in the tension, as organic as it is conceptual, that springs up between material and subject. Alongside recent pieces, the exhibition presents works especially created for the occasion: big geometrical sculptures, coloured ceramics, drawings on plexiglas, etc.
Echo of the Moon, Luca Francesconi:
The moon is the poetic, symbolic and very real point of focus of the exhibition Echo of the Moon. Offering the visitor an experience both metaphysical and aesthetic, Luca Francesconi presents a brand new group of three-dimensional works, spatial explorations and physical and temporal interconnections. In exhibition rooms, lightning is thought in order to obtain various qualities of dimness from near undetectable to very pronounced. In this way the viewer's perception of the show evolves according to the passing of time.
I Wish Blue Could Be Water is organised with the support of Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council.