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Presentation by current studio grant holder Pierre Bismuth

Presentation by current studio grant holder Pierre Bismuth
Time: Wednesday, 5 December 2012, 6.30 pm
Place: The Project Room, Iaspis, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm

The work of Pierre Bismuth is firmly inscribed in the lineage of conceptual art. The artist has developed much of his oeuvre as a re-evaluation and re-actualization of conceptual art’s strategies, whose critical rigour go beyond the general post-conceptualism of most contemporary art. From his quasi-scientific inquiry into method to the persistent critical analysis of contemporary forms of culture; from his use of language to the employment of performative gestures; from the interest in the banality of the everyday or the workings of the institution of art: Pierre Bismuth reworks conceptual art's original complexity in order to understand the recent evolutions in the mechanisms of society and culture.

In exploring the multiple manifestations of the contemporary products of knowledge and culture the artist engages in a constant process of translation, of moving from one form to another and from one logic to another, as if searching for hidden meanings. But instead of revealing a concealed truth, Bismuth’s transformations create a new parallel reality – not an answer but a new question. These double realities sabotage the unique and fixed meaning of the cultural products from which they are derived. By means of simple accumulation - an excess of material, of translations, of possibilities - Bismuth challenges any logic of efficiency and usefulness. His works are metaphors of human activity - proliferating and polluting until the logic and the energy of the system that engenders them is exhausted.

In this seemingly endless and aimless activity Bismuth’s works find the means for an effective transformation: no matter how structured and limited human activity and creativity are, freedom can be rescued from any closed system.

Bismuth's work has been shown recently at Witte de With (Rotterdam); the New Museum (New York); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris/Metz); Castello di Rivoli (Turin); M HKA (Antwerp); la Biennale de Lyon; Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane); MACRO (Rome). He is represented by Team Gallery (New York), Jan Mot (Brussels), Bugada Cargnel Galerie (Paris) and Christine König (Vienna). In 2005 he won the best original screenplay at the 77th Academy Awards with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman for the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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