May 30, 2016 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Loris Gréaud: Sculpt
May 30, 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Loris Gréaud, Sculpt, 2016. 3D modeling of the reconfigured Bing Theater. © Loris Greaud, Greaudstudio.

Loris Gréaud: Sculpt
August 16, 2016

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announces the release and premiere of Loris Gréaud: Sculpt on August 16, 2016 in the Bing Theater, the sole authorized and official venue for this unique presentation. Sculpt is a social science fiction movie that depicts unprecedented shapes and experiences, along with obsessions and fantasies. The film follows the thoughts of a man about whom we know very little, who seems to be constantly developing the concept of what experiencing beauty, thought, or obsession can be, despite the risks to which the subjects are exposed in the long term.

Sculpt, produced for LACMA, is Loris Gréaud's first major exhibition project to take place on the west coast of the United States, as well as being his first feature-length film. It offers a unique experience to each viewer who sees it as an immersive environment.

For this presentation, LACMA’s Bing Theater will be reconfigured for only one audience member at a time. Each screening will therefore turn into a unique one-person experience, with the movie seemingly watching its visitor as it is watched. Screenings take place thanks to the generous loan of the film from Voodoo Queen Priestess Miriam Chamani who has permitted its distribution solely at LACMA. In this chrysalid state, the film is on loan for an unspecified time.

Then, a series of bootlegs and stolen clips from the movie will occasionally reappear via a black market, during illegal screenings throughout the world, as far as the Dark Net abyss. Sculpt will thus reach its main goal: to become one of the obsessions whose story it endeavored to describe.

Sculpt will be screened daily from August 16, 2016. Admission free. Tickets will be released on site each morning. Due to the nature of the project and the uncertainty of the longevity of the loan, the film will be screened for an indeterminate period.  

Written and directed by Loris Gréaud
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Lonsdale, The Residents, Pascal Greggory, Abel Ferrara, Claude Parent, Voodoo Queen Priestess Miriam Chamani, Betty Catroux
Original soundtrack: The Residents
In association with Cryptic Corporation—Greaudstudio
Production in association with Noirmontartproduction, MK2

 

Loris Gréaud was born in 1979 in Eaubonne, France. Since the early 2000s, he has developed a singular trajectory in the international contemporary art scene whereby he constructs unique environments to house disruptive elements, often with an ambiguous narrative that blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality. Rumors, poetry, viruses, architecture and demolition, academicism and self-negation are therefore regularly summoned in his work as it strives to oppose the separation between physical and mental spaces.

Gréaud's projects have resulted in significant solo exhibitions. He is the first artist to be granted full use of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for his project Cellar Door (2008–15), which he further developed at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, the Vienna Kunsthalle, the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, and La Conservera Museum in Murcia. Gréaud is also the only artist who has exhibited jointly in the Musée du Louvre and in the National Museum for Modern Art at the Pompidou Center in Paris with the internationally acclaimed double exhibition project [I] (2013). In 2015, he took over the whole gallery space of the Dallas Contemporary with the ambitious and radical project The Unplayed Notes Museum. Gréaud has also been included in several group shows including: A Certain State of the World?, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (2009); Altermodern, London Tate Triennial (2010); ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi—François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2011); X_Sound: John Cage, Nam June Paik and After, Seoul Nam June Paik Art Center (2012); Prima Materia, La Punta della Dogana—François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2013); and Art or Sound, Prada Foundation, Venice (2014).

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