L&M Arts is proud to present Othoniel in collaboration with Galerie Perrotin.
His exhibition will feature nine new glass and steel sculptures by
prominent French contemporary artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, and will be
on view concurrently with the artist¡¯s traveling mid-career retrospective
now at the Brooklyn Museum, My Way.
Othoniel's dynamic installation of poetic and minimal structures transform
the neo-classical galleries of L&M Arts into a mysterious and whimsical
environment. Gigantic Necklace, a site-specific work consisting of gradated
black and silver glass beads, is suspended from the gallery's fifth floor skylight
in an uninterrupted chain, descending through the center of the spiral
staircase to the first floor.
Reflecting on the work of Constantin Brancusi, four Knots (Noeuds), monumental
coiled strings of glass beads, capture the abstract essence of movement.
Another sculpture consisting of a labyrinth of mirrored surfaces,
Black Tornado, explores the tempest as an abstract concept: movement
around a central void. While Othoniel¡¯s work is also inspired by historical
references as diverse as Italian Baroque and American Minimal art, his conception of the knot itself has roots in the
psychoanalytic symbol used by Jacques Lacan to explicate the structure of the human psyche.
Indeed, like Lacan's signs, Othoniel's work often implicates an absent body. For example, when in the presence of
the grand, floating Garland Necklace installed on the second floor, each spectator can conceptually wear it; and with
Black Tornado the visitor occupies the eye of the storm. Also on the second floor, Othoniel's Precious Stonewalls,
crafted with the help of glass blowers from the Agra region of India, are related to his ªîe Precious Stonewall, a major
work produced in India at the invitation of the French Embassy. Here, Othoniel pays homage to the 1969 Greenwich
Village Stonewall Riots and the birth of the gay rights movement.
The sculptures on view at L&M Arts are large in size, but they capture Othoniel's truly subtle sensibility. By manipulating
scale, Othoniel provides the viewer with the distance necessary to see, and to experience, sensuality in everyday
To accompany this exhibition, L&M Arts has published a fully illustrated catalogue, Othoniel, featuring an essay by
renowned scholar Pepe Karmel. In addition, the European publisher SKIRA-Flammarion has released a catalogue in
English of the artist's retrospective exhibition, My Way, which will also be available at L&M Arts.
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