Hermes Foundation’s Brussels art space
18 April – 7 July 2018
Curator: Guillaume Désanges
Ballistic Poetry Season
As part of the ‘Ballistic Poetry’ season instigated at La Verrière, the Brussels art space of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, curator Guillaume Désanges presents a monograph exhibition by the French-Italian art duo Marie Cool Fabio Balducci.
Since meeting in 1995, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci have created a joint oeuvre characterised by slow, minimalist, often repetitive gestures: actions executed or documented within the exhibition space, using everyday objects (pens, thread, hand-cream) often associated with clerical work (sheets of A4 paper, office desks, Scotch tape, rulers). The calm, pre-determined, repetitive gestures enact a gradual shift into the realm of poetry, creating a space for freedom and silent resistance out of workplace procedures governed by the demands of productivity. Their work consists chiefly of gestures, or documented gestures. Their installations and works on paper, described as ‘actions’, are seen less frequently in public.
Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Sans titre, crayons de couleur, bureau, 2010
Action, dimensions variables.
Courtesy des artistes et de Marcelle Alix, Paris. Photo : Marie Cool Fabio Balducci