et autres bateaux
A group exhibition of new works by french artists Benjamin Ferrachat, Robin Margerin, Justine Ponthieux and Ana Vega, bringing together sculpture, installation, photography and video works. Coming to Oakland’s ABCo Artspace April 20th to 26th, 2013.
The title of the exhibition, Relationships et autres bateaux is a play on language akin to both the personalties of the works exhibited and to the group of artists who made them.
Translated literally, et autres bateaux means ‘‘and other boats’’. It is an activation of the french expression in which something is bateau, meaning banal, trivial. One could almost understand the meaning as ’’...and other hackneyed (subjects)’’ or ‘‘...et autres (sujets) bateau’’.
The -ship in relationship, mirrored by the french bateau becomes a play on words.The ship arrives as a conveyor of displacement, of movement. It is the link between relationships; those between the artists, those between the works as a whole and those existing within each work presented. Thereby bringing to mind the full armada of other -ships (friendship, kinship, ownership, worship, craftsmanship, partnership) operating and being investigated by each artist in variable measures.
Relationships et autres bateaux, as a title, is not the signifier for a theme but rather a nod to the engaged lack-there-of. This is a project born among friends who wish to inspect those meta-relationships that are inherent to the group show as an exhibi- tion format; to openly exercise the ‘‘watering-down’’ that defines the format.
The acceptance of banalities as defining factors to this exhibition is not a passive act. Rather, it is the artists’ collective rallying call. The lowest common denominator becomes the object of desire; our closest links as artists, as people, are suspended somewhere between our least singular qualities, our most mundane acts.
BENJAMIN FERRACHAT (b. 1984 in Paris, lives and works in Los Angeles, ca) works in the space between design and sculpture, creating pop narratives for the life and times of the raw materials he works with.
Benjamin Ferrachat graduated from the Beaux-arts de Monaco in 2011 and has exhibited in Monaco at the Pavillon Bosio, in Nice at the Villa Arson and in Shanghai, China at the Creative Garden. Relationships et autres bateaux will be his first exhibition in the United States since he moved to Los Angeles from France.
ROBIN MARGERIN (b. 1983 in San Francisco, lives and works in Paris, France) champions the anecdotal in his works, allowing his sculptures to become pantomimes for dandy-caveman constructs.
Robin Margerin graduated from the Beaux-arts de Paris in 2009 and has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, at the Espace Oger International in Saint-Ouen at Variable Space in Chicago. He is preparing a group exhibition in Paris at Espace des Arts Sans Frontières this October as well as a solo exhibition in Los Angeles in 2014 at Commonwealth and Council.
JUSTINE PONTHIEUX (b. 1988 in Paris, France, lives and works in Paris, France) uses sculpture to instigate playfullness as a cultural tool, bending low-brow and everyday objects into characters whose postures underline the autonomy of their loneliness.
Justine Ponthieux graduated from the Beaux-arts de Paris in 2012 with honors and has exhibited at Les Elaboratoires in Rennes, at De La Charge in Brussels, Belgium and at LA Mart in Los Angeles. She will participate in a group show at the CENTQUATRE in Paris in september.
ANA VEGA (b. 1987 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, lives and works in Paris, France) uses the photographic medium to engage in an investigation on the perception of the image and the casting of objects as personified characters with transitory roles.
Ana Vega graduated from the Beaux-arts de Paris in 2012 with honors and has exhibited at the Fondation Rosenblum in Paris, J2System Gallery in Berlin as well as a screening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA. She was recently selected for the 48th Salon de Montrouge and will participate in a group show at the CENTQUATRE in Paris in September.