From 28 May to 18 July 2015, Blondeau & Cie is delighted to present Moon Palace, an exhibition by Franco-Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret, in its gallery at 5 Rue de la Muse in Geneva, in collaboration with Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich.
Moon Palace is a show that combines the personal and the general, the sensorial and the conceptual, the imaginary and the real.
The works of Mai-Thu Perret proceed by a process of questioning, associating and translating images and ideas inspired by fields as diverse as literature, poetry, constructivism, design, craftsmanship, applied arts, concrete art, the Bauhaus, religion and Dadaism.
Since the late 1990s, when her project, The Crystal Frontier, presented her work as the creative output of a utopian feminist community in New Mexico, Mai-Thu Perret has taken a particular interest in artisanal techniques and practices in the domestic sphere.
For Moon Palace, she is creating a set of new works that extend her exploration of the intersection between the vocabulary of modernism and the applied arts, using a variety of materials and techniques to create large, high-warp tapestries, reliefs, a ceramic sculpture, and a rattan sculpture.
The rattan sculpture appropriates the form of an emblematic work by Sophie Taueber-Arp, Dada Bowl, dating from 1916. The free, transgressive approach taken by Taeuber-Arp, mixing materials, techniques and artistic disciplines (painting, design, decorative arts, etc.) without any sense of hierarchy, sets up an intimate echo with Mai-Thu Perret’s own concerns and experiments.
By deploying her objects within the horizon of a fiction and in the universe of art objects, Mai-Thu Perret deconstructs art in the way others have deconstructed the naturalist novel, revealing artifices and reality effects the better to explore the gap between what the object is and what we would like it to be, between what it “really” is and what “possesses” it. The art coefficient, to use Duchamp’s expression, resides in this degree to which other subjectivities “possess” the object.