Exhibition of Laurent Grasso
At the Musée du Jeu de Paume
May - Septembre 2012
Grasso has conceived his exhibition at the Jeu de Paume around preoccupations that run through his work: blur the relationship between time and temporality, blurring the origin of the objects shown; create an exposure device that alters the architecture of the place where it is made; questioning the viewer's perception with situations that have a source which is documentary, historical, mythological, but which also contain an aesthetic and fictional potential.
The artist apprehends reality by its limitations, calls what is known or familiar, and questions very contemporary issues.
Exploring notions of space and temporality, Laurent Grasso likes the idea of "creating a false historical memory", where through a century, even more than today, it will be impossible to locate the time of creation of his works, producing a false archeology of the future. His work is a journey through time that permanently exceeds the now.
For the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, with video, sculpture, painting, drawing, the device, he focuses on four ideas: sky observation, surveillance, "political ghosts" and misleading beauty.
Laurent Grasso manipulates, often intentionally, the image by imposing unique and unusual perspectives to it. A perspective perpetually changing is at the heart of his aesthetic sensibility: "The idea is to build a floating perspective, creating a step with reality. We move from one space to another, and it is also the way we produce states of consciousness."