July 6, 2011 - Parc Saint Léger - Manufacture at Parc Saint Leger and John Hansard Gallery
July 6, 2011

Manufacture at Parc Saint Leger and John Hansard Gallery

Ida Ekblad collecting material.
Photographed by Rune Saevig, 2010.

Until 4 September 2011 at
Parc Saint Leger (France)
Michael Beutler, Dewar & Gicquel, Ida Ekblad, Vincent Ganivet, Hedwig Houben, Emmanuelle Lainé,
Charles Mason

Manufacture II
24 September–5 November 2011 at
John Hansard Gallery (England)
Michael Beutler, Dewar & Gicquel, Ida Ekblad, Hedwig Houben, Emmanuelle Lainé, Charles Masonwww.parcsaintleger.fr


In Europe, in our “post-industrial” era, we are increasingly distanced from the production of the goods we consume. Our downing of tools seems linked to a change in our relationship with the material world, provoking a more passive attitude towards the things with which we surround ourselves. When they break we throw them away, unable to fix them and unable (or unwilling) to understand how they work. In recent years, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in making, in notions of self-sufficiency and craftsmanship. While such notions may find particular resonance in these times of economic crisis, they are also part of a larger school of thinking that is reconsidering our relationship to work and production.

The exhibition Manufacture explores what “production” means for artists today, not only in relation to art history but also to the shifts in our globalized, consumer society. Descendants of conceptual art as much as of our industrial heritage, the artists in Manufacture do not hesitate to delve into craftsmanship, the recuperation of materials, bricolage, employing a vocabulary of forms, gestures and techniques while avoiding the fetishization of perfect technique. In fact, several share the practice of consciously “misusing” their chosen materials and techniques. Others explore the possibilities offered by the unknown, by failure, chance and accident. What inspires them all in their production processes—sometimes spontaneous, sometimes laborious—is the question of practice and how this practice entails a form of emancipation. In this back-and-forth between artisanal and industrial processes, between contemporary and traditional materials, between thought and form, the artists of the exhibition develop a shared approach based on experimentation and empiricism.

Curated by Sandra Patron & Zoë Gray

French venue:
Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art contemporain
Avenue Conti – 58320 Pougues-les-Eaux, France
+33 (0)3 86 90 96 60
Open Tuesday to Sunday 2pm–7pm

English venue:
John Hansard Gallery
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
+44 (0)23 8059 2158
Open Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am–4pm

Manufacture is supported by the Mondriaan Foundation.

Manufacture at Parc Saint Leger and John Hansard Gallery
Parc Saint Léger
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