01.07.22 → 01.10.22
We are happy to share with you our new Cinema Room program dedicated to Pablo Reinoso, a prolific Franco-Argentinean artist whose solo exhibition is currently on view in our Paris gallery. Notably, we would like to show you two of his films from the 2000s, produced in collaboration with Franco-Spanish choreographer and dancer Bianca Li. In these elegant and sparkling with humor videos, Bianca Li encounters Pablo Reinoso’s hybrid objects, which she tries (and “fails”) to use. Weaving a net of multiple interactions, she performs a strange choreography and engages herself in both gracious and comically-charged dance.
In the film Thoneteando, Pablo Reinoso gives an overview of his obsession with the Thonet chair, the first industrial design object in history, which he has reinterpreted in thousand of ways. Regarding his passion towards this icon of the world of design, Pablo Reinoso said: “Thonet objects have an amazing propensity for reproduction, exuberance, ramification, expansion – all words that are important to me, that have always followed me and reflect the form of exaggeration that characterizes my work.”
Here, Bianca Li tackles with the objects that were already transformed and thus deprived of their functionality. Trying to approach them one way or another, she searches for a way to give the chairs back the utility that was taken from them.
The film Séances is a comical interpretation of a series of visits to a psychoanalyst which are immediately transformed into a curious dance with a chair. The latter is being sat or lied on; sometimes it gets reversed as if it was a ladder, and sometimes it is used as a blanket or a pillow. Through these playful interactions, the chair frees itself from a prescribed functionality and ceases to be a chair, questioning its essence to its very core. It becomes something else – something with an unpredictable future and unexpected destiny. With multiple roles to explore and to play.
Bonus video – Observatoire du ciel (2017)
As a bonus, we would like to share with you a video of L’observatoire du Ciel, Pablo Reinoso’s outdoor project in Bordeaux which took place during the Agora Biennial in 2017. With the sky reflecting in the Water Mirror, Pablo Reinoso created a visual and poetic reversal of the landscape. The visitors were invited to sit down on the benches and relax, virtually extracting themselves from the rhythm of the city.
Pablo Reinoso (born in 1955 in Argentina) is known for his multidisciplinary practice that transforms functional objects from the world of architecture and design into entities in their own right. With a spirited lightness and a humor proper to his gesture, he removes them from the space of their usefulness shifting them into the field of play. Thus, the bench slats are loosened, curled, and carried away in an improvised dance. The frames unframe and no longer serve to delimit the space, but to invade it. The walls decompose and seem on the brink of crashing like waves. Almost functional, but not quite, Pablo Reinoso’s oxymoron-sculptures harbor a contradiction and embody a suspended movement. A “mobile immobility,” to use Michel Serres’ definition.