“Laurent Grasso”

Laurent Grasso or vibrant Earth energy

As autumn gets underway, Laurent Grasso is returning to the Galerie Perrotin with “OttO”, an exhibition which reveals the mysteries of Aboriginal sacred land, through objects and a film going by the same name. The artist has shared with AMA the issues underlying his practice: between the visible and the invisible, the scientific and the sacred… A Steiner machine, sculptures in hypnotic forms, glass spheres… These are some of the different objects associated with Laurent Grasso’s new film, OttO,  now showing in France for the first time. In this work, the artist continues his work on representing the intangible, and his research on aesthetic, fictional and poetic variations on scientific mythologies, theories or utopias… Explanations follow.   Your new film OttO at the Galerie Perrotin was shot on the aboriginal sacred lands in Australia. What prompted your interest in this area? In 2016, I was invited by Mama Kataoka to take part in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, and planned to undertake a project for it in the Australian desert. I gathered material about aboriginal culture, their relationship to the cosmos and the invisible, in the earth’s imperceptible vibrations, of which they are the guardians. I decided to make a 21-minute film which has been the starting point of my exhibition at the gallery.   Your film OttO presents deserts accompanied by quite disturbing “music”. What exactly are these sounds? The title of this film refers to figures after whom the film and exhibition are named. “OttO” is Otto Jungarrayi Sims, a “traditional owner” (symbolic owner) of Aboriginal land in Australia, from the Yuendumu community, but also Winfried Otto Schumann, a German physicist who studied the Earth’s low-frequency resonances. As well as having the same first name, these two figures share an interest in the Earth’s magnetic energy that I tried to get with a high technology...

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Laurent Grasso, a vision of power

On the occasion of the opening of the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery in Seoul, Laurent Grasso presents a new exhibition, from 28 April to 28 May 2016, revolving around issues of power and representation. At the heart of its work, the artist unveils Elysée, a remarkable movie shot in the offices of the French President. It was the perfect occasion for Art Media Agency to ask Laurent Grasso about his incursion in the mysterious workings of power and his relationship to Korea. Emmanuel Perrotin chose to start his new gallery in Seoul with your work. What relationship do you have with Korea and Korean collectors? One must know that in Korea, the cultural policy is very active and dynamic. I had the chance to be granted access to exhibitions there very soon, thanks to Manu D. Park, a Korean researcher at Paris’ Beaux Arts who was doing his PhD in France when I was a student. He became artistic director at the Busan Biennale in Korea and I was selected twice to take part in it. After that, Samsung invited me to create a permanent artwork on their facade and the Daejeon Museum of Art contacted me for an exhibition. I was also invited to the NMCA, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, for an exhibition with the artists nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2011. What works do you present in this new exhibition? I decided to show the movie Elysée as it is the last artwork I created, but I also show paintings and sculptures in relation to the Elysée.  The whole exhibition revolves around this issue of aesthetic and power. I also wanted to give more access to my work to the public in Seoul. I show, in particular, the movie Soleil Double, which was never...

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Laurent Grasso sets up a big installation in Paris

25 January 2016 marked the inauguration of a monumental and enduring work by Laurent Grasso, projected on the walls of the silos of Ciments Calcia (Paris, 13th arrondissement). Baptised Solar Wind, the work aims to poetically retranscribe cosmic movements. 40 metres high and 20 metres in diameter, the work consists of a projection of luminous models of the meteorological conditions of solar winds. To do so, he conferred with scientists from the CNES, including astrophysicist Georges Azoulay. The installation was commissioned by a group of players including the Mairie de Paris (City Hall) and produced by the agency Eva Albarran & Co, in collaboration with VIB architecture agency, the architect of the...

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Three solo exhibitions for Laurent Grasso

Paris, 12 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Galerie Perrotin and the Galerie Chez Valentin have announced a collaboration with the French artist Laurent Grasso. The artist, born in 1972, is represented in the United States by the Sean Kelly Gallery; in Hong Kong by the Edouard Malingue Gallery; and in Italy by the Galleria Alfonso Artiaco. Laurent Grasso is to be the subject of three solo exhibitions: at Galerie Perrotin (Paris) and at the Sean Kelly Gallery (New York), both to take place next September. Chez Valentin is to present his work in Paris in 2015. Winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2008, Laurent Grasso has been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world, including the Hirshhorn Musuem and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.); the Pompidou Centre (Paris); Palais de Tokyo (Paris); the St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, Missouri); and the Bass Museum of Art...

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Laurent Grasso at the Jeu de Paume

Paris, 29 May 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 22 May to 23 September 2012, the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris will be hosting an exhibition of works by artist Laurent Grasso entitled “Uraniborg”. Laurent Grasso plays with the idea that every observation only allows us to partially perceive reality. To do this, he constructs parallel realities with which he tests the knowledge and the critical abilities of his audience. The exhibition at the Jeu de Paume shows a number of works by the artist, including videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings and  installations. Grasso deals primarily with four subjects: observing the sky, surveillance, “political phantoms”, and misleading beauty. As Grasso explains on the Jeu de Paume’s website “the idea is to build a floating point of view, creating a shift from reality. We move from one space to another, and that is also how we create states of consciousness.” Laurent Grasso was winner of the Marcel Duchamp prize in 2008, and his work has featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions both in France and...

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