In the next couple of posts, we shall discuss what influenced me in Paris. The fantastic gardens, incredible art and fashion and pastries, and anyone who has been to Paris will appreciate the density, color, variety and artistic integrity of Paris’s public gardens.
I was breathlessly gazing into the trees while walking through the Luxembourg Gardens when it began to rain. I ran into what appeared to be a large utility shed when in actuality it was ὰ l’Orangerie du Sénat now a contemporary gallery, and it seemed I chanced upon an opening of contemporary artists work made of natural materials, Mosaïque Contemporaine. Although each art piece was two dimensional the show was impressively diverse. The show contained landscape, figurative and abstract pieces with a large range of artists. Each image had a picture with a description beside it. Sadly, I don’t speak French, so I had no idea what the descriptions said. Since image making is a universal communicator; therefore, I am happy to share the work with you now.
Each artist worked out their image in a form of mosaic with a gravel material similar to what was spread on the walkways in all of the parks and gardens we visited, along with the floor of the gallery itself. They used this material to color their pieces in order to create a realistic depiction, or to emphasize the work’s natural coloring for abstraction, or a conceptual depiction, or concentrating on the density, by laying pieces with depth next to pieces less dense to show the push and pull of space. Although I tend not to be partial to the literal image making, I thought about the diversity of cultures, educational levels, ages and backgrounds that would view this show in the park.
One of the works I most enjoyed was this triptych. The artist of this piece cleverly uses color density and patterning to reinforce the natural material of the gravel. This piece exhibits sensitivity to the repetition in organic environments is emphasized in the work to which gives credence to the eternal.
On the other side, in a separate gallery space, was the artist Mireille Fulpius. Fulpius created immense process laden works made with bamboo. The black ink on white imagery reflected densely woven marks made on large pieces of paper. She is using instruments made from bamboo, and by crisscrossing, intertwining and overlapping forms repetitiously infinite patterning. Black becomes shadow and white light as the viewer travels through these enormous images. Nature is illuminated due to the use of materials and the way the mark is transmitted to the paper, and the wonderful way white light is transmitted.