Erwin OLAF, Samuel ROUSSEAU and Yang YONGLIANG, each build a very personal universe. Erwin OLAF and Yang YONGLIANG’s videos focus on specific screens while those of Samuel ROUSSEAU tend to be closer to installation. One constructs detailed scenes whereas the others create urban architectures. Through the diverse works of these three artists, the exhibition raises the question of architecture, space and video art.
In Erwin OLAF’s work, the characters exist in a setting where every detail is carefully staged, as a narrative construction. Erwin OLAF delicately choses the objects, the color palette, the garments of his models, the music and rhythm to his stories and yet the narrative remains silent.Samuel ROUSSEAU, who was nominated in 2011 for the most prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in France, builds video object that are the reflection of our everyday life. His videos are off the screen to fit into the banal objects of everyday life, including car tires, washing machines and pill boxes. It is in this intricate sum of objects that the video becomes alive. Samuel ROUSSEAU’s work is on the border of video, sculpture and installation.Yang YONGLIANG focuses on the relationship between tradition and modernity. In his videos he builds cities in which nature is united with modern architecture. Yang YONGLIANG combines a dream where mountains and waterfalls typical of ancient Chinese calligraphy coexist with an ultra-modern urbanism, agitated by crowded highways of cars. His videos build multiple evanescent landscapes which aesthetic seems close to traditional Asian painting.