1+2+3+4 — La Station, Nice (FR) @ CCNOA September 2009
ARTISTS: Paul Chazal (FR), Marc Chevalier FR, Fayçal Baghriche (DZ/FR), Alexandra Guillot (FR), Benjamin Hugard (FR), Ludovic Lignon (FR), Ingrid Luche (FR), Émilie Perotto (FR), Damien Sorrentino-Florentz (FR), Cédric Teisseire (FR)
La Station offers an experimental platform within which up-and-coming artists can find conditions conducive to initiating projects and participating in the development, promotion and dissemination of their activities. This enabling initiative started in Nice in 1996 allows the emergence of research in real and professional exhibition or production conditions. La Station was originally housed within the walls of a former service station located at 26 boulevard Gambetta in Nice from which it took its name, then moved on according to the realities of the places that sheltered it. The relevance of La Station lies in a desire to offer an extra link connecting artists, institutions, art centers, galleries and the public as closely as possibly, trying to give added value to the existing cultural panorama. In addition to its internal programs, over the years La Station has acquired a national and European audience thanks to exhibitions organized in various cities abroad. On the extramural front La Station constructs its projects from the starting point of the work of the artists that constitute it and their particular artistic practices, put into a new perspective in the context of a collective exhibition, so approaching the whole thing in a unity of place, time and space. The exhibition 1+2+3+4 is to be seen in this perspective. 10 artists of different generations and heterogeneous practices brought together in the CCNOA exhibition spaces. The sum of these individualities offers through all possible combinations a composite body. The idea would be to explore the boundaries of abstraction, where the forms of representation, of figuration, of the radical conceptual approaches overlap and rub against each other. A kind of Ecocline (a gradient of vegetation structure correlating to variation in environmental characteristics) between a chilled figuration and an abstraction reheated by subjectivity. The intention is not to adapt to the territory, but instead to widen its boundaries, to push further the limits of the practices without ever limiting oneself to a style.