A Thousand Years
A major solo show by Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, creators of the critically acclaimed Luxembourg Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.
at Arts Gallery
Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil
A Thousand Years reveals the world debut of two new works by the duo, alongside the first London showing of the Luxembourg works.
Questioning space and time through experimentation with material and method, Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil have produced a body of work that reflect questions on the fundamentals of existence. In A Thousand Years the artists take the ultimate symbol of shelter, the home, and turn it into a revelatory space; visitors to the exhibition are invited to step into a seemingly familiar contemporary apartment, but once inside Feipel & Bechameil transport the viewer to a place where everything seems suspended in a strange timelessness.
Speaking about their work, the artists frequently draw on descriptors such as disorientating, frightening, catastrophic and fragile evoking a piece which seeks to confront viewers with a physically unsettling experience. Reimagining the physicality of everyday life, the artists explore the notion of time stretched and distended, devoid of life and hanging in permanent immobile freeze-frame, physical and ephemeral, fictional and factual.
Through sculptural works in silicone and polyurethane, wood and mirror, installation pieces and drawings, materiality and shape are twisted and distorted, to create walls that warp and objects that lie dormant and discarded; without structure and skeleton, objects lie silently on the floor, where they are suspended in a precarious balance. The objects seem fragile and ephemeral, emptied of their life, as if changed by time. The exhibition seeks to explore the reality of the physical and the importance of the material and temporal in our experience of life. The artists state: “It’s a dreamlike vision where everything fell asleep and where we are alone to be awake.”
Preview: Wednesday 11 July, 6-8pm
12 July - 24 August 2012
Monday to Friday, 11am-6pm
University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn,