Mixed Greens announces the third installment of Paris-Scope\ , a series of peculiar\, collaborative exhibitions that give visitors to Mi xed Greens a glimpse into Paris-based Projective City’s newest gallery spac e. Operating as a kind of alchemical experiment into the possibilities of “ action
at a distance\,” viewers are able to peer into (but obviously n ot enter) the space both thousands of miles away and inches from their gras p—to mystically be both HERE and THERE simultaneously. The Paris-Scope seri es allows artists unprecedented control over the gallery space\, and focuse s on ambitious solo installations. The third exhibition showcases the elega nt work of French artist Benoît Pype. For the first time in his career\, Pa ris-Scope allows Pype to fill an entire gallery space with his delicate scu lpture.

Benoît Pype’s practice calls attention to scale and lavi shes care on overlooked items. In one series\, for example\, he creates ver y specific supports for neglected natural elements: a tiny carrying case fo r a drop of water\, a crutch for a blade of grass\, a series of shelves for willow leaves. In his work Geographie Transitoire\, maps of major world ci ties are die-cut into enormous leaves\, whose veins and patterns resonate w ith the latticework of urban spaces. Slowly the leaves decompose\, forming a fictional and ephemeral city.

This preoccupation with small\, disregarded detail leads Pype to a poetic and witty practice. For some time he has crafted small pedestals for the display of micro-sculptures made fr om pocket lint. Quotidian\, tiny\, and insignificant materials transform in to aesthetic monuments. For Paris-Scope\, Pype is finally able to push the work to a greater extreme by blowing up the scale of the lint balls. Increa sed by several orders of magnitude\, the work still maintains a curious\, i f somewhat ominous and uncanny presence. Pype’s work is meticulous and thou ghtful\, and by devoting an entire gallery space to the careful preservatio n and display of pocket lint sculpture\, the double-edged sword of his proj ect develops an even sharper blade.

Benoît Pype studied fine art in Monpellier\, France\, and\, most recently\, at the Ecole Nationale Supé rieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Since graduating in 2011 he has been i nvolved in several noteworthy exhibitions and projects\, including a 2012 s olo project at the prestigious Palais de Tokyo in Paris as part of their “M odules” program. He has also completed an extended residency at Buitenwerkp laats\, Amsterdam\, and most recently exhibited in Venezuela at the MAC in Maracay. Pype lives and works in Paris\, France.

Projective City \, under the direction of Benjamin Evans\, aims to advance\, promote\, and make visible the work of emerging artists through an ongoing\, flexible\, a nd interconnected series of projects. Working on the assumption that bigger is rarely better\, projects are for the most part designed to be smaller-s cale and more intimate\, aiming for personal encounters between artists\, a rtworks\, and audiences. Projective City’s gallery space is located at 34 R ue Hélene Brion\, Paris 13eme\, and\, for the time being\, through a peepho le at Mixed Greens.

LOCATION:Mixed Greens Gallery\,531 W.26th St. \nNew York\, NY SUMMARY:PARIS—SCOPE\, BENOÎT PYPE END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20171021T032708Z UID:230005 DTSTART:20120906T180000 DTEND:20120906T200000 LOCATION:Mixed Greens Gallery\,531 W.26th St. \nNew York\, NY SUMMARY:PARIS—SCOPE\, BENOÎT PYPE END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR