a Landscape of Water
The Fallen Tree
ot the tunnel / Grotesque / Documentary
Sand Quarry in the Mangrove Swamp
on Rainy Days
The Waste land
The Camp of
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seven artists in residence at the “Maisons Daura” in Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Art
Centre of Cajarc, Lot, France.
Exhibition from 4 till 13 September 2009
Bruni works in a field that one could call ' repairing the
landscape'. Using a site and diverse materials he creates outdoor
installations . He does this after working with the local population
to 'reveal' the tensions and solutions surrounding an environmental
problem. Here in the Lot valley his chosen site of interest is the
disused railway track.
tripartite piece in three places: “Documentary” in the Art Centre of
Cajarc, “At the end of the tunnel” in the village of Cénevières and
“Grotesque” in the
cellar of the main Daura’s house of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.
"Documentary",in the centre of art of Cajarc:
Photographic panel, 8 printed, video boards and 3 photographs.
The artist presents a documentation of
the research he carried out on the area prior to his installations in
Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Cénevières.
"At the end of the tunnel", railway of Cénevières:
Railway entrance to the tunnel, Taken out from the village, between the
graveyard of the village and home of the gate-keeper, D8, road of
These landscaped installations are like
‘repairing’ critiques of the landscape: They explore and reveal
the memory of the sites encountered, for example here the tunnel- a
recurrent figure from the grotto – and the railway track, serve as
a recollection of the recent yet forgotten economic activity of this
part of the valley.
- a section of train line left by way of ladder of time;
- with the equipment and recovered toys returning in means of transport;
- a tunnel by way of cave with bulky recovering at the entrance;
- two solar lamps by way of headlights…
wreck of small boat of the Lot, the four iron to horses / Movable:
Wheels of landeau, 8 rims of car, cart with autocycle, motorbike,
clippers with electrical turf employed, bulky.
about 4,5 m of width x 2,5 m maxi of width x 102 m of length.
Maurice and Jean - Marie, from the village; Laura and Jessie, Pauline
and Rachel, Marion, helpers trainees of the Arts centre; the team of
the "Abattoirs", museum of Toulouse.
“Grotesque”,: cellar of the Maisons Daura.
Not without a touch of humour, the
artist has transformed the cellar of the residencies into a grotto
that has been taken over by moss. The evocative sounds of water from
the building are also accompanied by a specific sonorous work of
Akira SUNRISE, which extends the experience.
various moss species taken from two overgrown locations, furniture salvaged
from the surroundings, Soundscape by Akira Sunrise (the sound of running water
and waste water draining away in the house)
wide x 3.5 m
long x 2.2 m
During my residence at the “Maisons Daura”, In the end I
conceived of my work as a tripartite piece.
The purpose of the “Documentary” is to introduce visitors to
my approach, with hoardings showing pictures of “caves”, cavities and recesses,
a panel on the three transport routes through the valley, etc. that together
draw up a kind of “inventory” of the region.
In Cénevières, I invite visitors
to make their way to the railway tunnel dug out of the rock.
With its gloomy, somewhat disturbing entrance that dives
into the rock not far from the road and the river, the place reminds me of the
deeply gouged valley of the Lot... It was there that I set up “Au bout du
tunnel” – a route following the railway line along which are deposited various
disused articles salvaged from the neighbourhood, from local people, from tips,
or from recycling centres... But the railway also represents a timeline parcelled
out by significant elements; an itinerary that shifts in scale as one proceeds,
and which, as one loses oneself in the darkness of the tunnel – a further
metaphor for the cave – draws the eye to a chaos of objects.
In the vaulted cellar of the main house at the “Maisons Daura”,
stumbled across a location that reminded me of the local karst topography at
once by its atmosphere and by its evocative sounds. The house itself becomes an
aquifer system, with pipes of grey water crisscrossing another “cave”. The
component of sound thus becoming determinant, I turned to artist Akira Sunrise
for an idea for an audio piece. Pre-eminent here is the image of the plant,
with, as we have already noted, its capacity to cover and erase all trace of
human occupation – here exemplified by a few pieces of furniture. The cavity
was lined with moss from areas in the locality it had invaded – trees, rocks...
The result is not unlike the Renaissance art of the grotesque inspired by the
discovery of buried houses in Ancient Rome.
Gilles Bruni, july-october 2009
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