Galerie Charlot / Root. Paris (FR) 2012
Show Off. Paris (FR) 2014
While on a walk in Siberia, the artist came upon an old tree stump anchored in the earth. He undertook a complete extraction of the root system and used it as the basis for the installation. Parts of the roots were coated with white resin, and the entire system is suspended from the ceiling, allowing visitors to move freely beneath it. Video screens hang at eye level near the ends of the root and appear at first to be blank, but when a visitor positions one of the nearby polarizing filters in front of them hidden animations spring to life. Ordinary scenes from the life of a family unfold, depicting moments together in nature, and seem to conjure up memories of the human life cycle the tree witnessed before it ultimately lost its own.
But even in darkness threads of light are visible, in paper and ink.
Cruelty that’s casual is the most disturbing of all.
We make our own memories, ring by ring, until the day comes when we,
too, are uprooted.
element among its geometric ones.
sprinkle a bit of this or that, and you can cook up whatever
that produces towers like melodies in a set of musical variations.
A true hands-on experience…
instead of scaling the walls from without, doesn’t mean
you’re any less of a beast.
is infinite does it matter?
Payback takes on a life of its own, ceaselessly feeding upon itself.