Pierre Joseph and Shimabuku at Air de Paris

Air de Paris, Paris / France

March 26, 2010

Pierre Joseph: From Apple core to Glass

Shimabuku: Kaki and Tomato

27 March – 30 April 2010

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Air de Paris is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions: Pierre Joseph and Shimabuku.

Opening Saturday 27 March – Exhibition open until 30 April

Although not collaborative exhibitions per se, these two solo shows are filled with cross-references and veiled allusions to each other. They share the same economy of means, while generating profound questions relating to both philosophy and aesthetics.

Pierre Joseph, “From Apple core to Glass”

Pierre Joseph, a seminal figure for the new generation of French artists, is pursuing his questioning of tangible signs of reality. His approach successively deals with issues like the permanence of things and the transposability and digital manipulation of reality.

“The exhibition”, says Pierre Joseph, “is made up of notes and ideas given concrete expression. These ideas take on a certain form right now, but this material form could be different. The forms adopted are not necessarily the most appropriate ones, but they are the product of of various choices randomly made at given times.

“Two of these forms are kinds of mirages, glimpses of a reality that might or might not be there, like memories. A third one – a shelf – inventories various common materials and counts out their degree of biodegradability from ephemeral to everlasting. The fourth form is a digital picture frame showing a text by Jean Baudrillard about disappearance, followed by a critical analysis of the shift from analogue to digital, especially in the field of photography.
“It is about conservation and memory, time and technology.”

Soon: launch of Pierre Joseph’s monograph/catalogue raisonné, to be published by Presses du Réel, prefaced by Eric Troncy, with essays by Nicolas Bourriaud, Liam Gillick, Marie de Brugerolles, David Perreau and Elisabeth Wetterwald. Graphic design by M/M (Paris).

Born in 1965, Pierre Joseph lives and works in Paris. His works have been acquired by many private and public collections both in France and abroad. Recently they have been presented at the Conciergerie in Paris as part of the Centre Pompidou’s New Festival, the Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, the MOCA in Miami, the first Athens Biennial and the Lyon Biennial.

Shimabuku, “Kaki and Tomato”

Following the example of ultimately cutting-edge French nouvelle cuisine and Japanese cuisine – more concerned with difference and variation in savour and texture than with taste sensation – Shimabuku homes in closely on the everyday objects, searching for differences between identical products, or what different objects have in common. This poetic observation of nature becomes an opportunity for life lessons, for the challenging of one’s criteria regarding taste and choice, for reconsideration of rushed judgements. Reminiscent of Robert Filliou’s “bricolage” (“…do something else…”), Shimabuku raises questions relating to timeless folk wisdom or even zen philosophy – with issues like “How do you accept something you don’t understand?” and “Doing something you didn’t plan to do”. His artworks generate images as humorous as fulgurant.

Born in 1969 in Kobe, Japan and now living and working in Berlin, Shimabuku recently had a solo exhibition in The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and showed at the Sao Paulo Biennial. He has also exhibited at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and DAAD galerie, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.