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Blind Pig Bank, 2011 Mixed Media On Paper 57 7/8 X 70 5/8 Inches © Couresty of the artist and Praz-Delavallade, Paris
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© Courtesy of the artist and Praz-Delavallade - Paris
Blind Pig City

5, rue des Haudriettes
75003 Paris
FR
May 12th, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Opening: May 12th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Tue-Sat 11-7

DESCRIPTION

Praz-Delavallade est heureuse de présenter « Blind Pig City » la seconde exposition personnelle qu’elle consacre à l’artiste américain Edgar Arceneaux. A cette occasion Edgar Arceneaux présentera une série de nouveaux dessins qui poursuit son exploration de la culture américaine à travers l’histoire de la ville de Détroit qui apparaît ici comme son symbole. Cette investigation, qui a débuté au travers d’une conversation entre Edgar Arceneaux et l’historien de l’art Julian Myers, se penche sur l’histoire à moitié oubliée, réprimée et diabolisée des émeutes et des mouvements de protestations dans les villes américaines. Détroit, théâtre des plus importantes émeutes raciales du pays et plus récemment symbole de déclin économique, sert dans l’exposition de métaphore pour comprendre comment les forces économiques et sociales submergent et changent fondamentalement les vies d’individus.
En établissant des comparaisons entre ce lieu et ce moment spécifiques avec les vestiges de civilisations occidentales disparues, Edgar Arceneaux crée une connexion historique qui révèle différents aspects de la réalité moderne, sa nature transitoire et son état primitif. Dans une série de dessins au crayon de grand format, Arceneaux représente des ruines calcinées de pubs, appelées «Blind Pigs», dont les ruines sont omniprésentes dans le paysage urbain du Détroit contemporain.. Dans les dessins, ces ruines flottent sur des morceaux de terres comme des strates évoluant tranquillement à travers un espace indéfini, réunissant en une seule réalité physique le présent et le passé.

Myers et Arceneaux travaillent actuellement sur un projet appelé “Mirror Travel in the Motor City”, un livre qui explore la relation entre la sculpture de l’artiste Michael Heiser “Dragged Mass Displacement”, les émeutes de Détroit et les groupes de musique techno Underground Resistance et Drexciya. « Blind Pig City » est le dernier volet de cette conversation toujours en cours.

a reçu son MFA du California Institute of the Arts, Valence, en 2001. En 2011 il présentera une exposition personnelle au Museum für Gegenwartskunst à Bâle. Il a par ailleurs bénéficié de plusieurs expositions personnelles ces dernières années : The Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2011) ; Watts House Project (Public Art Project), LaxArt, Los Angeles (2008) ; ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas (2006); The Kitchen, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2005); Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam (2004); Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2003); Studio Museum à Harlem (2002). Il a également participé à la Biennale du Whitney en 2008, à la “California Biennial 2008” au Orange County Museum of Art et à la Seconde Biennale de Moscou (2007). Ses œuvres ont été présentées dans plusieurs expositions de groupe : The Artist’s Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980-2010, MOCA, Los Angeles (2011); New Art for a New Century, Orange County Museum of Art; Moving Images, Musée Ludwig, Cologne; Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis, San Francisco (2010); Wallworks ; Second Nature: The Valentine Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009); Philosophy of Time Travel, Studio Museum Harlem (2007); Tomorrowland, Museum of Modern Art, New York, (2006); The Imaginary Number, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2005); Quicksand, de Appel, Amsterdam, NL; Upside Down, Ludwigforum, Aachen (2004); True Stories, Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam (2003); Lateral Thinking, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Persoenliche Plaene, Kunsthalle Basel, (2002).

ENGLISH VERSION

Blind Pig City is a solo exhibition of new drawings by American artist Edgar Arceneaux.
The exhibition continues an investigation into culture in which the city of Detroit functions as an important anchor. This investigation, initially begun through a conversation between Edgar Arceneaux and art historian Julian Myers, looks into a history of committed urban struggle in the U.S. that is today half-forgotten, repressed, or demonized. Detroit, as location of the largest race riots in this country and more recently as a symbol of economic decline, serves in the exhibition as a focal point to understand how social and economic forces overwhelmed and fundamentally changed the lives of individual people. By drawing comparisons between this very specific location and historical moment to earlier remnants of Western civilizations Arceneaux creates historical connecting points that reveal truths of modern reality, attesting both to its transitional nature and to its primitive stage. In a series of large-scale graphite drawings Arceneaux features burned-out ruins of pubs, known historically as «Blind Pigs», whose remnants are ubiquitous throughout Detroit today. In the drawings these ruins float on chunks of land - quietly floating strata - through an undefined space, often folding two time zones, present and past, into one physical reality.

Myers and Arceneaux are currently developing “Mirror Travel in the Motor City” a seminal book looking at the relationship between the artist Michael Heiser’s sculpture “Dragged Mass Displacement”, the Detroit Riots and the Detroit techno groups Underground Resistance and Drexciya. Blind Pig City is the latest extension of Myers and Arceneaux’ ongoing conversation.

Edgar Arceneaux graduated with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, in 2001. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas; at the Kitchen, New York; at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; at the Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam; at Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois; at the Hammer Museum; and at the Studio Museum in Harlem among others. His work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in the "California Biennial 2008" at the Orange County Museum of Art, California, and in the 2nd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia. Two-person exhibitions with Charles Gaines have been shown at the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria, and at the REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles. Arceneaux's work is featured in "The Artist's Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980-2010", The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and has been included in exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; the Aspen Art Museum; New York City's First Public Art Quadrennial, presented by Creative Time, Governors Island, New York; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; in "Uncertain States of America" at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Bard College and the Serpentine Gallery, London; at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Halle für Kunst e.V., Lüneburg; in "Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970", Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ludwigforum Aachen, Germany; and in "Persoenliche Plaene", Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, among others. Edgar Arceneaux's work will be featured in a solo exhibition in 2011 at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland.

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