La criée - bande noir

If you like it, thank you. If you don’t like it, I’m sorry. Enjoy anyway

Pivi Paola /

2007

Steel, resin, plastic beads
L 1427 x l 25 x h 670 cm

Artwork produced for the exhibition “You gotta be kidding me ”,
june 29, 2007 – august 26, 2007

Production
- La Criée contemporary art centre, Rennes
- Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, Paris, Miami

Courtesy galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, Miami

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For la criée Center of Contemporary Art, Paola Pivi has created a surprising installation made up of a vast structure that reaches from floor to ceiling in the main exhibition room. The ensemble is made up of a grid structure completely covered in multicolored jewel-like crystals. This grid structure is punctuated by abstract modules in suspension that evoke water droplets.

On entering into the exhibition space, the visitor finds him/herself confronted with this monumental work that oscillates between the flat surface of painting and the volume of sculpture. Beyond these identifications, the work involves voluntarily contradictory and paradoxical perceptions:
- The simplicity and lightness of the work contradicts the monumentality of the installation;
- After the visual seduction of the multicolored beads, a threatening impression is brought on by the grid forming a wall.
- Oddly, the colored space contains a charge of shadow and sadness;
- The brash superficiality of the installation contrasts with a latent feeling of muted violence.

As is often the case in Paola Pivi’s exhibitions, narration is not straightforward here. The first impression of surprise gives way to an analysis that leads the viewer into an atypical, absurd, bizarre and extravagant world.
The artist likes to create improbable situations, to be experienced and experimented with.
Anything becomes possible.

Paola Pivi, "If you like it, thank you. If you don't like it, I'am sorry. Enjoy anyway", 2007. Courtesy galerie Perrotin, Paris. Photo Attilio Maranzano Paola Pivi, "If you like it, thank you. If you don't like it, I'am sorry. Enjoy anyway", 2007. Courtesy galerie Perrotin, Paris. Photo Attilio Maranzano Paola Pivi, "If you like it, thank you. If you don't like it, I'am sorry. Enjoy anyway", 2007. Courtesy galerie Perrotin, Paris. Photo Attilio Maranzano

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