Facing the present that night at Otter lake
January 6 – February 4, 2006
For immediate release
LMAKprojects is proud to celebrate its first birthday with the inauguration of Facing the present that night at Otter Lake, Gerald Petit’s first solo show in New York City.
As in his former works, this new installation, which incorporates paintings, photographs and video, exhibits Petit’s signature style of flirting with the concept of hyper presentation.
Last year, while in New York, Petit experienced with forming personal acquaintances with different people through virtual chat rooms. With the material and testimonies he gathered, he shot a short video which focused on the friction the personal experiences of a young man create with his immediate physical and social surroundings, or in other words, the illusional autonomy and independence of the private world within the larger context of the external public world.
Although this video is not included in the current show, it has served as a guiding principle in the installation’s conceptual development.
As a background for the central installation, Petit covered the gallery’s walls with an impressively realistic, almost hologram-like, image of a constellation of stars in deep space, creating a secluded corridor to a cloned universe.
The works on view make visual references to different virtual scenes from the original video, such as readings, conversations and discussions. Through the materialization of these indirect events, Petit confronts and shatters the myth of the totality of human rationalization of missing visual links in the narrative of ‘given’ everyday routines.
Gerald Petit, born in 1973 lives and works in Dijon, France. He has had several solo exhibitions in institutions such as Niepce Museum, Chalon-sur-Saone (2000), Lectoure Photographic Center, Lectoure (2000) and Cimaise et Portique Art Center, Albi (2003). Since then he has participated in many exhibitions in Paris, Hiroshima and New York
Upcoming projects are: a presentation at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, the Lisbon Biennial, Portugal and the Echigo Tsumari art Triennial in Japan, all in 2006