Paulette Phillips: "History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."


New work by Intergrated Media Faculty Paulette Phillips

 
DateSaturday, March 29, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Cost

Free

Email

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 6 or by appointment

Location

Diaz Contemporary 100 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to announce artist Paulette Phillips' second solo-show with the gallery. Phillips has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the phenomena of conflicting energies. This highly anticipated installation, features new work in sculpture, photography and video that documents residual emotion and presence. The work continues Phillips_ interest in the contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.
_History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce._ is inspired by the poetically tragic aura that surrounds E 1027, a villa on the Cote d_ Azur built by architect and designer Eileen Gray for her lover Jean Badovici in 1929. Having built the house as a romantic getaway, Gray eventually walked away from her labor of love. For a period of time it then became known as Le Corbusier_s house, while Gray languished in obscurity.
Shell, a thirty-two minute video shot on location by Phillips and Robert Lee, contains traces of Gray_s original vision. In tracing the evidence of abuse the house has endured since its sensuous beginning, the video captures an emotional topography that lies beneath the villa_s structure to renegotiate the enduring legacy of Gray_s modernist gem. This extensive footage captures the house before it underwent the contested renovation that restored Le Corbusier_s controversial murals.
The Egoist/Lover, is an elegant reworking of Gray_s original Satellite mirror that she designed for Badovici_s bedroom. Phillips_ motorized mirror shies away from the viewer_s gaze. Touché traps two magnetized books, Le Corbusier_s The Poetics of Metaphor with Gray_s monograph Eileen Gray within a cage. One book hovers over the other repelled by its negative energy field. Knock Knock is a series of three gyclee prints produced from collaged photographs that document the complexity of presence still evident in the villa. The Rubber House is a tactile and mutable model of the villa that sits on two dissonant colour fields.
The exhibition draws from the personalities, emotions and histories that surround both architects by heightening the covert and inherent tensions that defined their practices and mark this house as a haunted site. The works in the installation align to narrate the faded tenets that fueled this vision of modernism, capturing on video and through objects, the idea of the house as a ruin wrought by conflicting energies.
Paulette Phillips_ work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Danielle Arnaud contemporary art; The Oakville Galleries; Cambridge Galleries and The Ottawa Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include: Gallerie Chomette, Paris; The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto; ZKM, Germany; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany, Ludwig Museum, Hungary and the Palazzo della Papesse, Italy. Phillips teaches film and installation at The Ontario College of Art and Design. Upcoming commissions include: The Walking Fern, solar powered robotic ferns to be installed at the Tatton Park Biennale, Britain, May _ September 2008; and Fashion and Crime that will premiere at a screening at The Tate Modern on May 10th 2008.
This work was made possible by the support of the Ontario Arts Council_s Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Toronto Arts Council.

DateSaturday, March 29, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Cost

Free

Email

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 6 or by appointment

Website Location

Diaz Contemporary 100 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario

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Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to announce artist Paulette Phillips' second solo-show with the gallery. Phillips has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the phenomena of conflicting energies. This highly anticipated installation, features new work in sculpture, photography and video that documents residual emotion and presence. The work continues Phillips_ interest in the contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.
_History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce._ is inspired by the poetically tragic aura that surrounds E 1027, a villa on the Cote d_ Azur built by architect and designer Eileen Gray for her lover Jean Badovici in 1929. Having built the house as a romantic getaway, Gray eventually walked away from her labor of love. For a period of time it then became known as Le Corbusier_s house, while Gray languished in obscurity.
Shell, a thirty-two minute video shot on location by Phillips and Robert Lee, contains traces of Gray_s original vision. In tracing the evidence of abuse the house has endured since its sensuous beginning, the video captures an emotional topography that lies beneath the villa_s structure to renegotiate the enduring legacy of Gray_s modernist gem. This extensive footage captures the house before it underwent the contested renovation that restored Le Corbusier_s controversial murals.
The Egoist/Lover, is an elegant reworking of Gray_s original Satellite mirror that she designed for Badovici_s bedroom. Phillips_ motorized mirror shies away from the viewer_s gaze. Touché traps two magnetized books, Le Corbusier_s The Poetics of Metaphor with Gray_s monograph Eileen Gray within a cage. One book hovers over the other repelled by its negative energy field. Knock Knock is a series of three gyclee prints produced from collaged photographs that document the complexity of presence still evident in the villa. The Rubber House is a tactile and mutable model of the villa that sits on two dissonant colour fields.
The exhibition draws from the personalities, emotions and histories that surround both architects by heightening the covert and inherent tensions that defined their practices and mark this house as a haunted site. The works in the installation align to narrate the faded tenets that fueled this vision of modernism, capturing on video and through objects, the idea of the house as a ruin wrought by conflicting energies.
Paulette Phillips_ work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Danielle Arnaud contemporary art; The Oakville Galleries; Cambridge Galleries and The Ottawa Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include: Gallerie Chomette, Paris; The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto; ZKM, Germany; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany, Ludwig Museum, Hungary and the Palazzo della Papesse, Italy. Phillips teaches film and installation at The Ontario College of Art and Design. Upcoming commissions include: The Walking Fern, solar powered robotic ferns to be installed at the Tatton Park Biennale, Britain, May _ September 2008; and Fashion and Crime that will premiere at a screening at The Tate Modern on May 10th 2008.
This work was made possible by the support of the Ontario Arts Council_s Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Toronto Arts Council.

Venue & Address: 
Diaz Contemporary 100 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 6 or by appointment
Cost: 
Free
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