Julien Bismuth, "Steganogram XXV (SIBYL SYBIL)", 2016
The opening will be on Friday 23th June 2017 at 6:30 pm.
On the night of my return, we passed a man who was toying with lumps of greased newsprint on the sidewalk. Some things you can only reveal in parts. On the eve of my departure, I wrote down some ideas on a scrap of newspaper which I folded and kept in my pocket, but then I washed the jeans, and now it’s like a pebble or a bud which I can’t unfold without destroying. Some things you can only reveal by taking apart.
Before, during, or afterwards. I chose this title so that you could look them up. There are several sibyls. I like the story of the one who burned her books in order to sell the ones she hadn’t. I am starting from words and images that sit apart like peaks, ponds, or islands. He who "neither reveals nor conceals, but gives a sign." Oak leaves, acrostics, a "fluttering mouth," and a voice that spans a thousand years. I am unable to imagine what I will end up showing. All I can do is string these thoughts together like lampions or light bulbs and hope they’ll work as furniture. Also, the words "trace" and "tracing."
The second text is in French but it strays.