De l’air et du plomb
- Date 2012
- Materials Wood, concrete, steel, babiche
- Dimensions 335 x 426 x 457 cm.
Machines, les formes du mouvement, Manif d’art 6, Nicole Gingras, curator
Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec
François Mathieu’s often monumental works invite scrutiny, like strange texts to decipher. They comprise machines to think and dream impossible or invented space, or to travel through storied time. Machines whose primary fonction is to simply be there, present in the world, with no other purpose.
In this new work, François Mathieu extends an invitation to attempt to fly! In the artist’s words: “Flying can mean becoming lighter, becoming something else and letting oneself be carried away by misunderstanding. Surfing on updrafts no one on the ground can see. It can also be to rally all the excess baggage of the world, which serves no purpose, anywhere. This machine is made to travel, without secound guessing. It’s made to be exactly where it should be, just solid enough, just far enough away. Hanging somewhere for however long it takes, the traveler lets go, free of danger. It’s a space to inhabit, a cockpit for immersion”.
Nicole Gingras, curator