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"XXI° ZUBER sample III" / 2022 Materials: Exhibition bases, Climbing rope, Carabiner, Water bottles, Poplar Sweatshirt, Lacquered boards, Melamine, Pvc screw covers. // Format: 210x80 x40cm // Production: Department of Culture of the city of Clermont-Ferrand // Site: Salle Gilbert Gaillard - Clermont-Ferrand




"XXI° ZUBER sample". From the relativity of a use, the XXI° Zuber sample series is part of an end-of-residency exhibition project at the Gilbert Gaillard room. This space is typical of private mansions from the end of the 18th century converted into an exhibition space, the windows, moldings and columns set up a historically oriented panorama, evoking natural history museums.

The proposed pieces seek to integrate the space, to act in and with this place composed of its architectural specificities and its exhibition material. The bases and picture rails are used and arranged to participate in the overall panorama. Roped together, embellished with handles, connected to a ball or furniture element support, these shapes re-question the idea of ​​function by losing their status as scenography tools to take on a representative role. These ensembles draw up a panoramic image containing various representations of contemporary societal concerns. Ecology, via a water hourglass made up of two plastic bottles, an assembly of melamine boards reminiscent of furniture. Action and movement through the presence of a discarded sweatshirt, a basketball, a terracotta shape imitating a handle evoking a possible transport of roped bases. History and craftsmanship through a column of nested terracotta pieces reminiscent of the Roman cloaca maxima. An accumulation of both historical and functional archive images.

These sets seem precarious, intervention is still possible and could upset the proposed landscape. Undo a knot and the pedestals can be separated, push the column and it collapses to leave a ruin. Each piece offered has this potential to be only ruin and to be undone, they are frozen in a precise time, that of this exhibition, that of the visitor. This role of observer is questioned, what is observed is constructed by the artist or by other visitors? Can I also act on this panorama? build the space? Two picture rails are installed in the middle of the exhibition space in order to create a narrow corridor letting in the natural light offered by the windows, these picture rails no longer have a support function and become blocks echoing the global panorama. . These architectural elements are then linked to the space, to the works and to the circulation of the visitor in the space.

Since the end of the 18th century, the Zuber factories have been manufacturing panoramic decorations that bear witness to the concerns of the time. I use Zuber's name here to establish a contemporary portrait, a panorama containing the questions that drive research around the functionality and representative potential of forms, whether they are useful or not and at a given time.













@Cédric Canaud - 2022