Optical theaters and video installations
The exhibition “Optical theaters and video installations” by contemporary French videographer Pierrick Sorin will be inaugurated on September 26, 2015 at Amy Li Gallery. Pierrick Sorin is a French internationally renowned master of contemporary video art, deeply influenced by Georges Méliès; he created the “Optical theaters”, breaking ground by the use of the hologram technology in artistic creations, projecting 3D videos in a three dimensional space, with the direct integration of sound, light, electricity and video, building an extrasensory cross-spatial three-dimensional dazzling artistic space. His initial works were inspired by Emile Reynaud’s Praxinoscope or Optical Theater, after which he used the effects of the reflection on tilted mirrors, so that in the work one can see the movements of the character in a fixed interior décor, as well as the hologram technology, a deep combination of the newest scientific techniques with craftsmanship, thus achieving the interpenetration of the object and the concept; at the same time, the artist takes personally part in his work, as the title role, the screenwriter, the director, the set designer and the cameraman; and the works are presented with the shocks of holographic images in real décors and settings. Pierrick Sorin focuses on turning the delicate relationship between humanity and art into an amusing video work, borrowing comical figures, bodies, mocking human existence and perpetuation thereof, while interrogating artistic creation itself; he loves shooting himself, as well as shooting fictional roles played by himself; the short movies and video installations that he directs are filled with a unique sense of humor and diversity, and one can get in them a glimpse of the traditional elements of entertainment such as disguises, running gags, juggling and dancing, thus making their impact on the audience raise rapidly. Pierrick Sorin graduated form the Fine Arts School of Nantes; he started by experimenting cartoons and photography, before choosing the path of videography in the eighties. His works are kept in the most famous museums and art institutions and by collectors; they are shown as well in the most globally renowned places like the Cartier Foundation and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo, etc. Pierrick Sorin has also cooperated in artistic and audio-visual performances projects with well-known luxury brands such as Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Renault, and Galleries Lafayette. The artist doesn’t limit himself to video creations, he stretches his creativity to various different arts, such as the production of video clips or TV programs, and since 2007, he has personally taken part, on the stages of Paris Opera, Châtelet Theatre and several globally renowned theatres, in performances, enriching the forms of his artistic creations and, at the same time, enhancing the public’s aesthetic education by getting closer to its expectations.
It is worth mentioning that for this very exhibition “Optical Theatre and video installations” at Amy Li’s Gallery, Pierrick Sorin has brought a big installation, and the gallery undertook a renovation of its space to allow the exhibition of this work especially for China. At the same time, this type of exhibition by such an important international art master is the first of its kind in China, a rare feat.
While focusing on academic considerations, Amy Li Gallery strives to build a scene for international artistic exchanges by organizing a rich variety of exhibitions.