Pause: Practice & Exchange
The One Who Sees Blindly
Apr 21-Jul 1 • Gallery 3
FREE w/ gallery admission
An iconoclastic artist, Nathalie Talec moves between live performance, installation, sculpture, and painting. For thirty years, she has developed her emotionally-charged “sentimental art,” proclaiming her ambition to re-enchant our daily lives. Through her work, Talec examines the human condition by reshuffling emotional affects—redistributing them into objects, words, and heroic characters—and creating scenarios that blur the boundary between reality and fiction, but which are held together by the figure of the artist, which is always at the core of her work.
For The One Who Sees Blindly, her first solo exhibition in the United States, Talec brings together elements representative of her ongoing artistic concerns. The installation Help Corridor highlights Talec’s fascination with the world of the polar explorer and the extreme cold. A running theme throughout much of her work, the polar explorer can be seen as a metaphor for the artist and the cold as a metaphor for art. Talec’s ideas about survival and heroism are borrowed from polar explorers and reduced to symbols such as ice tools, mist, snowflakes, and crystals.
In addition to Help Corridor, Talec will produce The One Who Sees Blindly, wall works based on an unpublished series of watercolors. Another work in the exhibition iswhat Talec calls a ”survivor space.” The space is filled with emergency blankets and adorned with porcelain and crystal sculptures, and will be activated through a series of performances in collaboration with San Francisco Art Institute graduate students.
Conversation with Nathalie Talec and Lisa E. BloomApr 21, 2012 2:00pm
Large Conference RoomFREE w/ gallery admission
Conversation between Nathalie Talec and Lisa E. Bloom, author of Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions, which offers a feminist perspective on the Arctic and Antarctica.
Survival and Heroism CinemaApr 28, 2012 2:00pm
Screening RoomFREE w/ gallery admission
YBCA presents a new 35mm print of Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North in a screening that connects with Nathalie Talec’s fascination with the world of the polar explorer. The 1922 movie is a silent film predecessor to the modern documentary, in which Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuit Eskimos living in the Arctic Circle.
Nathalie Talec has shown extensively in Europe. Her exhibitions include Sevres, porcelains contemporarines au Musee de l’Ermitage at the Menshikov Palace, Saint Pertersburg, 2010; Notre histoire at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006; Haute fidélité at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2006; Occupations #1 Intérieur hall at Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne (MAC/VAL), 2004; Regard multiple and La culture pour vivre at the Pompidou Center, Paris, 1992 and 2002, respectively; Kunsteuropa at Kunstverein, Suttgart, 1991; and Aperto at the Venice Biennale, 1990.
Nathalie Talec: The One Who Sees Blindly is supported, in part, by The Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The French American Cultural Society and Institut Français
YBCA's 11-12 programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
YBCA Exhibitions 11–12 is made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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