LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY PRESENTS “OnLAB”LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY PARIS – MIAMI LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY PRESENTS “OnLAB” Exhibition of Works by Artist: Michel Paysant 30 November 2013 – 25 January 2014 Lelia Mordoch Gallery is located at 2300 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL 33127
OnLAB (Laboratoire d’Oeuvres Nouvelles), brainchild of the artist Michel Paysant, is a research project in which art, science and technology overlap. One of its major realizations are highly innovative, nanoscopic (millionths of a millimeter) and microscopic artworks. Produced in partnership with Giancarlo Faini and Christian Ulysse, researchers at the Photonics and Nano structures Laboratory at the French centre for scientific research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS), these are truly groundbreaking works in the fields of art and science. This exhibition produced by I’Institut français has already been shown at the Musée du Louvre (from November 2009 un till april 2010) then at the MUDAM / Musée d’Art Moderne de Luxembourg (from November 2012 un till april 2013.) Michel Paysant questions the limits which the naked eye imposes when viewing an artwork and responds with original, contemporary artworks on an unprecedented scale, inspired by architecture, originals in the Louvre’s collections, and modern art. The OnLAB interactive exhibition combines the work of museum curators, laboratory researchers and partner companies with that of a contemporary artist who addresses themes of collaborative projects, archives, museology, the status of the artwork, and technology’s contribution to art. OnLAB invites us to view ad oculum and ad instrumentum; it is the museum for the year 3000. Michel Paysant’s installation, in its fictional and functional dimensions, sets out to stage and reveal the invisible, the imperceptible, the unseen. Visitors are struck by the vastly different scales that these “infinitely tiny sculpted specks of gold dust – nanoworks” bring to the fore. They can build their own museum project and metaphorically recompose the world. As an open, poetic, polyphonic, polysemous project, OnLAB engineers a two-way dialogue between art and the surrounding worlds. It seeks to “re-enchant” the world as it draws the observer into an astonishing journey back and forth between reality and fiction. Michel Paysant is a multifaceted artist with a particular interest in drawing and sculpture. His research explores crossovers between art and science, often in the form of group projects. His installations are fluid, polymorphous structures through which he builds bridges between art, craft, science, technique and new technologies (Inventariums, Eyedrawing, Nusquam). Giancarlo Faini has been research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) since 1988. His specialist field is the electronic properties of nanostructures for semiconductors, magnetic metals and supraconductors in mesoscopic quantum physics and nanospintronics. His experimental research draws on his expertise in measuring electronic transport at very low temperature and in high magnetic fields. He is also closely involved in developing new manufacturing processes for nano-objects with his team at the CNRS and with other laboratories. These art-science-technology projects bring his expertise in nanotechnologies into contact with Michel Paysant’s artistic sensibility in a common desire for collaboration. Christian Ulysse is a research engineer at the Photonics and Nanostructures Laboratory at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), at the head of the electronic microscopy department. He specializes in electron beam lithography and metallization techniques. He produces samples for French and international projects that require expertise in these two areas of nano sciences. Another partner of Michel Paysant, Immersion has put in shape the application of the tactile table. Immersion is the European specialist in tailored, ready-to-go solutions in visual simulation and virtual reality. Immersion develops innovative, multimodal interaction and visualisation solutions for tomorrow’s virtual environments. Immersion is also active in major European research into virtual reality and augmented reality.
The Institut français is the French ministry of foreign Affairs’ agency for external French culture.