Even though it’s May, New York is chilled to the bones lately with several days dipping into the forty fahrenheit mark, which is why the new exhibit — Les Roses Blanches (the white roses)– at James Fuentes gallery feels so warm.
Renowned French artist Claude Lévêque steals the show with one room only, as seen in the above video. (The collaborating French arm of this show is Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris.
As described by the gallery: “Scattered across the floor, in the installation LES ROSES BLANCHES, are plates, cups, cutlery anddisposable food packaging – all entirely white. Powder and broken windscreen glass herald death. The items, scattered in a state of distress, refer to the collective experience of mourning; their colour evokes the whiteness of a shroud. The whole is specked with swirling spots of light, produced by a disco ball that gives a vertiginous sensation. The melancholic and piercing singing of a child”s voice permeates us. The song speaks of the death of a mother who takes with her the last white roses brought by her son. The fragile, disposable and standardised nature of the items on the floor provides a stark contrast to the evocation of disappearance.”
Claude Lévêque represented France in the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009.
Check out what you’ve seen in the video, live, until May 30th at James Fuentes, 35 St. James Street, NYC, NYC.