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24 Mar 2010 to 7 May 2010
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Artists in this exhibition: ISABELLE CORNARO


24 MARS - 7 MAI 2010
MARCH 24 - MAY 7 2010

17 - 21 H

5 - 9 PM

For her first solo show at the gallery, Cornaro continues her investigation into how the act of representation endows objects with value. While in her previous series Moulages sur le vif (vides - poches)[Ad hoc molds (empty pockets)], 2009, she directly scanned piles of objects, here she molds them through a mecanical process as desubjectified as that of scanning. Four works, each entitled Homonymes (1,2,3 and 4) 2010, present generic gray plaster casts of tables displaying mostly mass produced items. One table holds figurative objects, many whose form tautologically repeats their function. For example, a terrine represents a rabbit used to serve rabbit and a vase takes the shape of flower stems.
Objects adorned with decorative patterns in bas-relief sit on the second table. The third table presents tools,
e.g., rulers and pedestals with geometric forms, and the last table, hung on the wall, holds miscellaneous items. Most of the objects were not cast individually but were molded along with the table into one formless heap of material. Like her Moulages sur le vif, the objects are lumped together in disorderly clusters.

On the walls, are projected three films whose flat vibrant colors and movement contrast with the still dull materiality of the 3D casts. The subject of each film self-reflectively mirrors the cinematic proces.
Film-lampe [Film-lamp] 2010 registers oscillating lightbulbs. Floues et colorÈes [Blurred and colored] 2010
frames the amorphous patches of color emanating from cans of spray paint. In De l’argent filmÈ de profil et de trois quarts [Money filmed from a side view and a three-quarter view] 2010 bills and coins are observed from a point of view that without metaphor or allusion corresponds to its title.

The Platonic tradition considers an image authentic if it resembles the object that itrepresents. Cornaro subverts this subordination of copy to model. “Homonym” designates words that although identical in spelling or pronunciation, differ in meaning. While the artist’s homonyms produce effects of similitude, they refer only to themselves and are, thus, fundamentally unique. As such, intensive qualities appear alongside their meanings and functions dependent on language and social conventions. Once cast, the rabbit terrine and the ruler are stripped of their use value becoming an unformed gray primordial soup of texture and mass. Once filmed, the money loses its exchange value becoming psychedelic abstractions. No longer determined solely by the values of intelligible representation, these objects regain their base materiality and pure sensate qualities.

Isabelle Cornaro (b. 1974, France) has exhibited internationally since 2005. She has had solo shows at La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel in 2008, Kunstverein D¸sseldorf in 2009 and will have solo shows at Centre d’art contemporain de Troyes in 2010 and Frac Aquitaine, Bordeaux in 2011.
Recent group shows include Nouvelles Acquisitions, MusÈe d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Prisoniers du soleil Le Plateau – Frac Ile de France and X initiative,Dia Center, New York. This year, she will participate in a show at the Tate Modern and Strings Attached at Raven Row, London. Cornaro lives and works in Paris.

Text: Zoe Stillpass


Born in 1974. Lives and works in Paris.

2002-2003 Seminary Introduction to the exhibition lead by Christian Bernard, ENSBA, Paris
2002 Degree in Visual Arts, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris
2001 Royal College of Arts (Exchange Grant), London
1996 Degree in Art History and Museology, École du Louvre, Paris

2011 FRAC (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art), Aquitaine, France
2009 Frieze Art Fair, Frame with Balice Hertling, London
Eva’s Arche und der Feminist, upstairs at Gavin Brown, New York (curated by Pati Hertling)
Hermes un der Pfau, X Initiative, Dia Center, New York (curated by P.Ziegler / C.Alemani)
BaliceHertling, Paris
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (curated by Vanessa Joan Müller)
2008 La Ferme du Buisson (with Stéphanie Nava), Noisiel, France (curated by Julie Pellegrin)
Parc Culturel de Rentilly, Bussy Saint Martin, France (curated by Armelle Thévenot)
2007 La planck, Galerie Air de Paris, Paris, France (curated by by Keren Detton)
Parc Culturel de Rentilly, Bussy Saint Martin, France (curated by Armelle Thévenot)
2006 D21, Leipzig (curated by Leif Magne Tangen)
2003 SparwasserHQ (with H. Chong), Berlin (curated by Lise Nellemann)
Substation Gallery (with H. Chong), Singapore (curated by Lee Weng Choy)
Looking Glass, Brussels

2010 Berlin-Paris, un échange de Galeries, Galerie Neu / MD72
2009 Vies imaginaires, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris
Nuit Blanche, Paris (curated by Jean de Loisy)
I giovani che visitano le nostre rovine non vi vedono che uno stile, GAM, Torino (cur. by Form Content)
No Soul for sale - A Festival for Indipendents, X Initiative, New York (presented by Hermes und der Pfau)
Bijoux de famille, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (curated by Niklas Svennung)
Gennariello, Balice Hertling, Paris
Le travail de rivière, Centre d’art le Credac, Ivry, France (curated by Claire Le Restif)
Pragmatismus / Romantismus, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, France (curated by Anne Bonin)
Un plan simple, Maison Populaire de Montreuil, Montreuil, France (curated by Le bureau)
Félicien Marboeuf (1852-1924), Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (curated by Jean-Yves Jouannais)
Une Expédition, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (curated by Stéphane Calais)
2008 Three Black Minutes, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (curated by Axel Wieder)
Les feuilles, Galerie Super et Module at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (curated by Élodie Royer / Yoann Gourmel)
Spring Selection 2008, Drawing Center, New York (curated by Nina Katchadourian)
Palimpseste, Galerie Xippas, Paris (curated by François Quintin)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Galerie de Multiples, Paris
Where The Lions Are, Sheung Wan Civic Center, Hong Kong (curated by François Piron)
Down by Law, Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, France (curated by Alix Dionot-Morani)
Imitation of Life, Centre d’arts visuels de Lille, France
Ideal #10, L’Espace Croisé, Centre d’art contemporain de Roubaix, France
Cinéma, cinémas, Saint-Erme, France (curated by Pascale Cassagnau)
L’anomalie d’Ararat, Irma Vep Lab, Champagne, France (curated by Yoann Gourmel / Élodie Royer)
Zapping Unit, la Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France (curated by Keren Detton / Marie Auvity)
Paysage naturel // paysage construit, Moissy-Cramayel, France (curated by Christian Pallatier)
Katamari, GB Agency project room “220 Jours”, Paris (curated by Yoann Gourmel / Élodie Royer)
Rien n’aura eu lieu que le lieu excepté peut-être une constellation, GB Agency project room “220 Jours”,
Paris (curated by Y. Gourmel / É. Royer)
2007 Twice Told Tales, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (curated by Isabelle Alfonsi)
E-flux rental project, Swiss Cultural Center, Paris (curated by Sofia Hernandez)
We can’t be stopped, galerie Nuke, Paris (curated by Julie Pellegrin)
Dématérialisation, La Box, Ensa-Bourges, France (curated by Frédéric Maufras / Estelle Nabeyrat)
Palerme Ville Ouverte, Institut Français de Palerme, Palermo, Italy (curated by Pascale Cassagnau)
Palais des Glaces,  , Galerie du Bellay, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (curated by  )
Fiac Cinéma, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (curated by Julie Pellegrin)
Prologue, GB Agency project room “220 Jours”, Paris (curated by Yoann Gourmel / Élodie Royer)
All we ever see of stars are their old photographs, GB Agency project room “220 Jours”,
Paris (curated by Yoann Gourmel / Élodie Royer)
Strategy, The Embassy, The Alliance, The Assault,  , La Générale, Paris (curated by  )
Danger Museum Project, Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge, UK
Link, Galerie Edouard Mitterrand, Geneva (curated by Gilles Drouault / Galerie de Multiples)
2006 Location shots, Galerie Erna Hecey, Brussells (curated by Raimar Stange)
L'usage du monde, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Rijeka, Croatia (curated by Anna Janevski)
Radio Kills the Video Star, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (curated by Laurence Dreyfus / François Quintin)
La Cabane, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (curated by Pascal Beausse)
E-flux rental Project, Extra-city, Brussells (curated by Sofia Hernandez)
The Peninsula, History Museum, Singapore
2005 E-Flux rental project, Kunst-Werke, Berlin (curated by Sofia Hernandez)
Failure, Korridor, Berlin (curated by Fanny Gonnella / Sabine Schmidt)
Timeline, Bétonsalon, Paris (curated by Keren Detton, Julie Pellegrin, Marie Cozette)
2004 Any Place Any, Museum for Contemporary Art of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece (curated by Christos Savvidis)
Essential Emptyness, Centre d'art De Beurs, Brussells (curated by Annemie Maes)
Autour du dessin, Galerie Pitch, Paris (curated by Fabien Roidor)
Jakarta Biennal, Jakarta, Indonesia
2003 Transmediale 0.3., Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Not to scale / Ars Electronica 2003, Kunstraum Goethestrasse, Linz, Austria (curated by Susanna Blanscheim)
Premières vues, Passage de Retz, Paris (curated by Michel Nuridsany)
Singles, Galerie Pitch, Paris (curated by Christian Bernard)
2002 Fractals, Beelden Buiten 2002, Tuin de Brabandere, Tielt, Belgium (curated by Andrea Wiarda)
Single Screen, Nicolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jeune création, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris
2000-2001 Rencontres Internationale Paris-Berlin, Aroma, Brotfabrik, Berlin / cinéma l’Entrepôt, Paris
Festival Bandits-Mages, Théâtre Jacques Coeur, Bourges
Dessins en cours, ENSBA Quai Malaquais, Paris

2008 Black maria, ed. MER / Luc Derycke, Gent, Belgium
2006 Plinths Arrangements, ed. Le Pavillon, Laboratoire de creation du Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2000 Chutes, ed. Stilstrand, Amsterdam

2010 Frieze
2009 Modern Painters
Roven (Nr.1), France
Kaleidoscope (Nr.1), Italy
2008 Portfolio, Art 21, Septembre 2008, Paris, France
2005-2006 Neue Review, issues # 04-2005, # 07-2005, # 01-2006, Berlin
2004 Revue Bazar, ed F.L.T.M.S.T.P.C., Paris
2001 Ville d’Is, drawings for Ville d’Is, poetries by Gilles Langlois, ed Mémoire Vivante, Paris

2007 Residency at Parc Culturel de Rentilly, Marne et Gondoire, France (September-December)
2006 Artist grant, Drac Ile-de-France, Paris
2005-2006 Résidency at Le Pavillon, Laboratoire de Création du Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2004 Artist grant / Département des Affaires Culturelles de la Mairie de Paris
2001 Artist grant / Département des Affaires Culturelles de la Mairie de Paris

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