Manon Recordon: I was walking through the fields, when suddenly a building sprang from the earth.
Opening with the artist on Saturday 7 May, 4 – 6pm. To be officiated at 4pm by Mr Julien-Loïc Garin, Chief Executive Officer of Le French May arts festival
I was walking through the fields, when suddenly a building sprang from the earth is Manon Recordon’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, part of Le French May arts festival.
The exhibition showcases an installation of photographic and video works bringing life to Impressionist paintings and questioning the perception of landscape in the contemporary context of digital modes of representation.
Using montages and associations of still and moving images, Recordon juxtaposed Impressionist brushstrokes and pixels of video games, and constructed an assemblage of different temporalities. The artist conceived her installation as a décor, with photographic fragments of Claude Monet’s Nymphéa as backdrop and on the floor. She invites the visitor to take a walk through the scattered videos and contrasting images, wishing to involve him or her as an actor of History.
The commission of this new work to Manon Recordon was prompted by the preparation of the exhibition Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place by Le French May arts festival at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. With I was walking through the fields, when suddenly a building sprang from the earth, Mur Nomade wishes to offer a complementary perspective to the Monet exhibition with a reading of the artistic languages of the past through the eyes of a contemporary artist and their translations into new modes of expressions.
Born in 1985, Manon Recordon lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the Paris Academy of Fine Arts (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris) in 2009. Previously, she obtained a Master in Cinematographic Studies from Paris VII University, and also studied at the Villa Arson, National School of Fine Arts of Nice. A former resident of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Recordon is also one of the founders of the artists’ journal M.E.R.C.U.R.E. Recordon’s interests and artistic practice extend across history, text, film and photography. Her artworks are assemblages and layering of still and moving images, using elements collected from historical archives or archaeological sites, film footages of Impressionist paintings or Ancient Greek sculptures, flashes of collective memory, snippets of news and fragments of modern daily life.
I was walking through the fields, when suddenly a building sprang from the earth is curated by Amandine Hervey.
Mur Nomade and the artist would like to thank Aurore Blanc of Le French May arts festival for sharing her knowledge, encouraging our ideas, facilitating the development of this project.
The exhibition will continue until 11 June 2016.