What can I say but every time I've walked into Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin on impasse St Claude I enter a state of ecstatic reverie and I can't help but smile as I take in the works. Following the absolute tour de force that was the Lionel Estève exhibit is an equally rapturous installation by the mistress of the universe, that extraterrestrial artist known as Mariko Mori.
Seven new works are on display in the front gallery, a series of White Holes, or amorphously egg-like white aluminum boards with stars and shapes painted with neon acrylic and a dab of glitter. Oh yes, glitter. But glitter doesn't mean excess and flashiness in this case, but a subtle glint and luminescence that lights up as you pass each painting. These are meant to be inspected at close range and I'm very sorry to say that the images included with my review here could never come close to what it's really like to experience these in person. As one walks farther away from the white holes their pull, their gravity if you will, diminishes as the markings become so faint as to blend in with their white backgrounds.
In the next room over is the antithesis of the White Holes, Mori's 2001 installation work Miracle--in a darkened room a series of circular digital prints resembling the world of the microscopic or the magnificent scale of galaxies, the light cast from them creating rings of color on the floor in front of them, leading us to the suspended crystal ball which hovers over a mound of rock salt and a mystical ring of glass bubbles. Super spacey: these works grapple with the aesthetics of the unknown, the dreams of physicists, the origins and the endings of the universe. In her words, "I imagine that after stars are fed on by black holes, their metaphysical beings would be regenerated...their souls would be transferred to white holes through wormholes which form the gates to another dimension as time-space portals."
I can't imagine a better space to exhibit these dynamically opposed installations. At Emmanuel Perrotin we can experience this otherworld, these two divergent dimensions of black holes and white holes, losing ourselves in the metaphysical mystery of Mori's world.
(*Images, from top to bottom: Mariko Mori, White Hole 6, 2009, Acrylic on dibond, aluminium, 122 x 140 cm, Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami & Paris, Credit photo Florian Kleinefenn. Mariko Mori, White Hole, May 23 - July 23, 2009; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, View of the exhibition "White Hole" in 2009 at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami & Paris, Credit photo Florian Kleinefenn. Mariko Mori, White hole 7, 2009, Acrylic on dibond, aluminium, 122 x 140 c, Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami & Paris, Credit photo Florian Kleinefenn. Mariko Mori, Miracle, 2001, Cibachrome print, frame in diachronic glass, 33 glass balls, 1 crystal ball, chain / Photographie cibachrome, cadre de verre sablé dychonique, 33 boules en verre, 1 boule en cristal, chaine, 27 1/4 inches diameter (x8) + 1 sculpture / 69 cm de diamètre (x 8) + 1 sculpture, Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami & Paris, Credit photo Florian Kleinefenn.)