Monday, December 29, 2008

A superb exhibition


I saw a stunning exhibit today: It's called "Recup" ("récup" is colloquial for "saving old stuff to turn them into something else, like saving Styrofoam to insulate a room) and it is to be seen until Jaunary 4th, at L'Espace Blancs Manteaux in the heart of Le Marais. As you guessed, most of the art pieces exhibited there are made of plastic wastes, soda cans, bits of wood... But don't go thinking the result looks like the last Ikea cabinet you assembled! Most of the pieces are stunning. I chose to show you a sculpture by Julien Allegre, which may look a bit "rough" to you, but I really loved it. Check his website.

35 comments:

  1. It looks like African sculptures, I really like their faces...

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  2. What an interesting photo of the recycled art! These pieces look stunning and I would love to see the rest of the show. Great way to reuse stuff and not put it in a landfill!

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  3. No. I don't love this, Eric. I think it looks awful. lol sorry. Scary faces too. Brr.

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  4. Don't hate it and don't love it—but I do think it's very interesting and I love the idea of recycled art. Thanks very much for sharing this, Eric.
    Guille—GF from Oslo? Way to go!

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  5. I think a similar art style here is called "found object", with discarded materials assembled or integrated into a artist's re-staged vision. More examples at Pasadena Adjacent, especially on Tuesdays.

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  6. Wow, Guille, an Oslo GF. Quite a coup.

    I like this sculpture, in the way that I admire it but wouldn't want it in my home! A little too scary, the red too bloody. But masks always intrigue. You managed to get the artist's signature in the photo, too, Eric. Tres clever.

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  7. That's really cool. A year and a half ago, I was in Rome, and there was a similar exhibition near my hotel (I can't remember now where that was). About 100 "Trash People" stood in neat columns in a fenced-off area, and all were made of soda cans and other bits of refuse.

    They lacked the individuality these have, as all looked the same, but it was interesting nonetheless.

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  8. A creative and environmentally thoughtful idea. What a fun way to spend the day. Merci for bringing us the goods,Eric. Have a great week all...and congrats to GF Guille, the globetrekker. ;-)

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  9. I love recycled art in general. I did some myself by creating masks with driftwood and other bits and pieces I collected on Australian beaches. The pieces are quite striking.

    I visited Julien Allegre's site (thanks for the link) and really enjoyed what I saw.

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  10. I like these sculptures a lot, and I would never have guessed that they are out of recycled materials - great exhibit.

    I really LOVE yesterdays photo, so beautiful. I want to be in Paris NOW, cold or not :-)

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  11. Oh Eric... these masks remind me of the Chinese terracota warriors with their strong and timeless features.
    Just love them.
    GF Guille, Queen of the Globetrotters! I'm not talking to you... you have time to go everywhere but not cross the channel to come to England...

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  12. Wow, those are really nice. There is a guy in Ellensburg Washighton who owns a car muffler shop, he make statues out of old exhaust systems

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  13. I'm with Petrea. Like it to look at but not sure I'd want it in my house. Here in Seattle, I'm sure there are those who do something with all of the recycled stuff. There's a trash bin for everything and disposing of your packaging takes almost as long as eating your lunch!

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  14. A bit too funky for my taste, but the recycling idea is a good one. Wonder what Julien could create from the refuse in my waste basket at work?

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  15. lol Rose! She will come I think. We just need to keep badgering her. lol.

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  16. Eric, I recently discovered your blog. You say “Friendly Parisians do exist.” I’ve visited Paris in 2000 and almost immediately learned that if I at least attempted to speak French, the locals mostly responded to me with grace and respect. Los Angeles is not much different: we expect visitors to speak “our” language. You are a good ambassador to your city. I look forward to frequenting your site.

    À bientôt, JT

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  17. Hey JT! Nice new pic.

    Michael, it's the same here in LA. The west coast is into recycling.

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  18. Wow, Guille! GF in Oslo - nice!

    JT - I just checked your blog - like your photos alot!

    Petrea - I'm with you - a traditionalist who's into recycling. But, I love that art which doesn't speak to me can speak volumes to someone else. Vive la difference!

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  19. Interesting exhibit. You're so lucky to be living in a city with so much art and beauty.

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  20. I saw the exhibition because I'm living into the Quartier "Le Marais" and it's really good!
    Eric choised this art work but there're plenty of good and original artist and works ...

    This place "L'Espace Blancs Manteaux" are so good: always have very nice show!
    Thanks Eric !

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  21. I believe it's Rose's birthday today? I'm confused with the time difference, but just to be sure... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSE!

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  22. The exposure to different types of art on a daily basis in a city is what keeps it vibrant and alive. Paris has the most amazing museums in the world and yet walking around a corner might put you face to face with something as exciting as this. I love the creativity involved and the willingness to take the risk. Fascinating!! Unfortunately too many cities are forcing their artists out. Sad.

    tomate..merci for the sf/christmas link! I hadn't seen the tree at BofA this year, but it is usually my favorite. ;-)

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  23. Happy Birthday Rose! May your next year be filled with exciting photos and lively discussion of Paris and its lovers.

    Speaking of which, beautiful and funny photos over the last few days, Eric! Of course, the Champs Elysées being extra spectacular. Love the deer head photo, but I do feel badly for the poor animal that posed for it (hypocrite that I am, I say this while munching on a steak quesadilla, but I digress).

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  24. I nearly forgot -

    Tomate! I saw the red tree on Saturday night after dinner at Pinocchio in North Beach - IT'S FABULOUS!!! (And so is the gnocchi at Pinoccio, in case you were wondering)

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  25. Okay, have to say, I don't like it. Nothing personal, just not my style. (I'm more of a bling and curlicue kind of girl!) Give me a great chandelier any day!

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  26. Lynn...
    Yeah that is what I have been telling myself.

    Hey Michael and Suzy
    Thanks for remembering! My birthday is tomorrow...

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  27. HAPPY BDAY ROSE!!! Im sorry I was out all day long, cudnt even send you a mail...

    Hey, I didnt pretend to be GF, thats cool. :)

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  28. I collect masks so I find these fascinating. And I have a huge Rooster that was made from recycled painted oil drums in Mexico. I have a bunny too, that's made from old aluminum. I love these.

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  29. Oh, wow - Guille - I guess you're right, as far as the rules go -- I got so impressed by the Oslo thing that I didn't realize there was only one sentence. So - GF handoff to Katie, I guess!! That was cool of you to say so. : )

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  30. I was there today and it was wonderful. Such talent and creativity!!! We have a similar show each year at Downtown Disney in Florida. I always stand in awe of the artist's imagination.

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