Artist Benoît Maire is guest curator of a group exhibition that will take place at Le Plateau in autumn 2019.
Benoît Maire gathers artists, designers and architects in an exhibition that considers, based on customary use, relationships between art and design and architecture, reviewing the premise that the arts are free and design objects are subject to constraints – due to their functional purpose.
The title of the exhibition Foncteur d’oubli, referring to a mathematical operation, forgetful functors, that shifts objects from one category to another by ‘forgetting’ certain properties, reflects the permeable boundaries between objects of art, design and architecture and how their classification can change, particularly with regard to this principle of functionality.
Starting from designers and architects related to the modernist movement, such as Eileen Gray and Robert Mallet-Stevens, combining aesthetic research and demands for functionality in a pursuit for the idea of the complete artwork and from their influence on many contemporary artists following these 20th century historical avant-gardes, the exhibition presents the fluid nature of the disciplines and draws attention to their similarities through Ker-Xavier’s architectural layout.
Young designers taking part in the exhibition emphasise the creative dimension of design and the unique and non-reproducible character of certain pieces that therefore resemble works of art.
The artists, for their part, focus on everyday objects, blur boundaries and highlight the ambiguity of our relationship with consumer goods (Simon Dybbroe Møller, Nina Beier), promote the functional or decorative dimension of the work and its relation to serial production or arts and crafts (Karina Bisch, Eric Croes), or investigate the essence of the work of art in relation to natural objects (Etienne Chambaud), examining the repetition of forms in the history of art (Raphaël Zarka).
Likewise, architects focus their attention on knowledge of materials, adapting their interpretation of public space to the private sphere and everyday uses.
Whether contemporary or historical, the objects gathered in the exhibition have been realized by creators with a shared interest in materials and gestures.
Born in 1978 in Pessac, Benoît Maire graduated from Villa Arson, Nice and the Sorbonne, Paris I. He produces exhibitions, publications, screenings and performances. He collaborates with other artists, as well as with philosophers and musicians. He was winner of the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Prize in 2010 and the CAPC in Bordeaux devoted a major retrospective exhibition to him in 2018. He participated in the Baltic Triennial Give Up the Ghost in May 2018. Benoît Maire is the winner of the percent for art for the new MÉCA (Maison de l’économie créative et de la culture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine), for which he will produce a monumental outdoor sculpture representing a half-head of Hermes in bronze (official opening of the MÉCA 28th June 2019).