IDENTITY IS A FICTION
Céline Butaye & Indriķis Ģelzis
From September 9th to October 22nd 2016
EXHIBITION CONCEPT by Yuna Mathieu-Chovet
Céline Butaye constructs epoxy and polyester prisms that are, more than fixed shapes, objects including, absorbing or reflecting light. They are very reactive and inclusive objects, whose shape and perception depends on light, weather, environment, and also on some coincidences during their production processes. As a collection of prisms, they are very flexible and constitute a kind of endless puzzle that can always be rearranged together according to space and time. They change the space they are included in, as well as they are changed by it.
Indriķis Ģelzis builds up sculptures, borrowing from the classical abstract vocabulary as well as from the language of labour, its dress codes and statistic designs. The metal structures, surprisingly dressed, indicates a sham of human being, dehumanized, with a delicate dark humor. The theme of perception is very present in Indriķis Ģelzis’s work, focusing on knowing how a work of art is perceived, its conditions and paradoxes, and specially the individuality of any perceptive experience.
Both artist are placing the work of art in the heart of a series of relationships and interactions with the viewer. The work of art could be considered as a platform of discussions and exchanges between viewers, to debate about the meaning of the work and their implications. Considering the same object in different ways, viewers discover that the subject of identity is always questionable.
Because Céline Butaye & Indriķis Ģelzis‘s works are dealing more with observation and perceptive experiences, as an empiric process, they are resonating with Ali Benmakhlouf’s conception of identity. They show that a work of art, as an identity in the broad sense, does not have any fixed form or exhaustive closed description. As a french contemporary philosopher, Ali Benmakhlouf goes away from any cultural postulate, such as the idea of a permanent identity, that prevent us to understand the links between an individual and its culture, also cultures between each other and general civilization, and all their interactions.
In a way, Céline Butaye & Indriķis Ģelzis‘s works contribute to achieve Benmakhlouf’s wish : to never lock ourselves within civilizational and uncommunicative boxes.