MENU, Exo Exo – Paris
The space was full of suspended movement. Biomorphic forms protruded off walls, beckoning to their skeletal counterparts that were instead holding themselves up, seeming to wilt in the middle of the room. A closer look revealed the sinuous folds and twists of the metal, fabric, paint, some of it worked into tangled vines, other parts molten like the burrs of trees. The metallic sheen of certain sculptures reflected the light and brought out the objects' outgrowths, while the darkened finish of the others focused the viewer's attention on silhouette, recalling Gothic ironwork with its echoes of vegetable forms, though not unlike insects or the gargoyles on buildings. Or perhaps a combination of all of those. Grotesque yet seductive, the works together read as a sigh when you're tense and have forgotten to sigh, sustained at the top of the lungs and then released.
MENU was an exhibition of works by artists and collaborators Julie Villard and Simon Brossard that ran from March 15th through April 12th, 2018. Exo Exo is an independent project space run by curator Elisa Rigoulet and artist Antoine Donzeaud. As part of their external programming, they are planning an exhibition at New Galerie on June 7th, 2018.
Exo Exo – 10ter Rue Bisson 75020 Paris – http://exoexo.xyz
Images Julie Villard and Simon Brossard, MENU, 2018. Courtesy of Exo Exo.