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Invited by Aloft at Hermès, Agathe de Bailliencourt presents a hybrid version of the hic et nunc – the here and now. At the boundaries of painting and installation, the exhibition Here from Here invites the viewer to experience their own presence in the face of a constant potential of change.
Agathe de Bailliencourt (b.1974) works both indoors and out, alternating projects in situ, in the urban space, nature, and the studio – a dynamic that lend itself as an incubator for her artistic ideas. For de Bailliencourt, a series of paintings might point to a future installation, and an installation might suggest a framework for a painting or a drawing.
The artist’s latest project for Aloft at Hermès combines both media. An abstract landscape emerges from a multitude of small, hand-painted stones, that together form a shade of blue. De Bailliencourt engages with the romantic image of the horizon – a projection of a past or future world without contradictions. Facing the blue horizon, the visitor experiences an acute tension of his or her presence in the actual space, at a particular time: Here from Here.
Conceived as a ‘state of suspension’, the exhibition blurs the boundaries between the abstract and figurative, words and pictures, nature and artifice. Materially and thematically, Here from Here is also a direct reference to the tradition of the Japanese Zen garden. Agathe de Bailliencourt’s installation, parallel project of Singapore Biennale 2016, resonates with the theme of ‘Horizon’ chosen for 2016 by Emi Eu, curator at Aloft at Hermès: a horizon experienced both physically and metaphysically, an invitation to rise above the everyday and discover new experiences.
Aloft at Hermès, Singapore
541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapore
Open daily, 10.30 am - 8 pm
Curator: Emi Eu