July 19, 2007 - Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme - Presents Summer’s song…
July 19, 2007

Presents Summer’s song…

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, vue de l’exposition Summer’s song, Centre d’art contemporain la Synagogue de Delme, 2007 Photo. Copyright: David Poissenot.

Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Summer’s song

8 july – 28 october 2007

Centre d’art contemporain la Synagogue de Delme
33 rue Poincaré 57590 Delme
From Wednesday to Saturday:
14.00 – 18.00
Sunday : 11.00 – 18.00
Guided tour: sunday 22 july et 30 september 2007 at 3 pm
Closed: 15 august
Admission : free


The quest for beauty is never foreign to shows by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, as they place elements of various status in temporary situations, dramatized against a backdrop of decorative motifs. Photographs, paintings, video, furniture and objects return from one show to the next and come into play in kinds of indoor scenes in which presences – cut flowers, a clock movement, birds – disturb the stability of sets, to create an illusory form of life. Instability is a recurrent theme in this complex work: pieces of furniture seem to have frozen in their fall; the wallpapers reveal themselves as if through the memory of their slightly faded patterns. There are all kinds of ambiguities in this work, and the fairly common one of a distinction that has never been clearly drawn between the fine and applied arts. Marc-Camille Chaimowicz often develops his projects in conjunction with artisans and their craftsmanship, and with an interest in catalogues of motifs specific to these fields, with an equally marked interest in art history. Marquetry, tapestry, fabrics, wallpaper, glass and ceramics are all techniques and materials to be found in his world. The resulting works are hybrids that involve both the history of their own specific fields and non-compliance with their canons.

There is also the ambiguity of genres. The artist’s earliest works in the seventies stood out through the radical break they made with the dominant attitudes and forms of the time, imbued with the authority of the Pop and Minimalist movements. Chaimowicz’s first performance – totally improvised, like any everyday activity, notes Stuart Morgan -1 involved sitting in a room where he received visitors, served them tea and chatted with them, thereby immediately setting this work in a more feminine register, a register where the applied arts are also traditionally placed. Lastly there is the ambiguity in situating his pieces and the status of the presence of the artist, who is constantly himself acting out his own production, bringing it up to date (to light?) as he keeps it at a distance.

Over the last two or three years Marc-Camille Chaimowicz’s work has come in for renewed interest from the younger generation of artists and critics. Among the possible reasons why are his belonging to the London underground scene of the seventies and eighties, his ties with a culture that owes as much to glam-rock as to Jean Genêt, Jean Cocteau or André Gide, the numerous time frames used in each of his shows, the deliberate presence of emotions and the freedom he has shown in his choice of means.

1- P.22, Stuart Morgan : Marc-Camille Chaimowicz, un (( camp-volant )) ? in Marc-Camille Chaimowicz, Peintures et objets, 1995, éd. Le Consortium Dijon, le Quartier, Quimper.

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