IVÁN NAVARRO – Fanfare / GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON (FR)

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 Silent Listen, 2016
Drum, LED lights, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy
183 x 81,28 cm
72 x 32 in.
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IVÁN NAVARRO 
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Fanfare
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11 MARS – 13 MAI 2017
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VERNISSAGE
 11.03.17 
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DE 12H À 20H
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L’artiste chilien Iván Navarro expose pour la première fois depuis quatre ans à Paris. Il présente Fanfare, un parcours immersif d’œuvres inédites qui interrogent les liens entre musique et pouvoir. Jouant de correspondances entre effets optiques et sonores, Iván Navarro plonge le spectateur dans le noir, au milieu de sculptures de néons qui sont autant d’instruments de percussion. L’artiste se penche sur les ambiguïtés du langage et la puissance sociale de la musique.

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Au cœur de l’orchestre électrique muet, une grosse caisse à double face épelle un mot en lumière, projeté à l’infini par un jeu de miroir, et dont le quasi anagramme se retrouve à l’envers : Blow devient Bomb dans une double ambivalence formelle et linguistique. Les onomatopées lumineuses Slap, Bang, Beat qui ponctuent la visite renvoient autant au rock qu’à la guérilla, à l’agression qu’à la résistance. Tout en niant la fonction originelle des instruments, les œuvres de Navarro produisent une représentation physique du son : immobiles, elles « jouent un morceau » en silence, construisant une étrange perception de l’écoute et du mouvement.

A la polysémie du terme « fanfare », qui renvoie à la joie tapageuse de morceaux traditionnels mais aussi aux orchestres militaires, répond celle des instruments de musique détournés. Né au Chili sous la dictature de Pinochet, Iván Navarro aborde sans relâche les questions de pouvoir et de contrôle : outils de propagande ou d’élimination, le son et le langage peuvent également servir les insurrections.

Né en 1972, Iván Navarro vit et travaille à Brooklyn (NY). Il a représenté le Chili à la 53ème Biennale de Venise en 2009. Parmi ses expositions personnelles et collectives récentes, on peut citer : Biennale de Yinchuan, Chine (2016); Pommery Experience #13 Gigantesque!, Reims (2016); Mute Parade, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2016); Under the Same Sun, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); South London Gallery, London (2016); Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); This Land is Your Land, Madison Square Park, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham and North Park Center, Dallas (2014-2016); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah and CorpArtes, Santiago (2013-2016); Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures, Frost Museum of Art, Miami (2012); Nacht und Nebel, Fondazione VOLUME!, Rome; HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem (2010); Artificial Light, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami (2006). Son œuvre est présente dans de nombreuses collections internationales dont le Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), San Antonio Art Museum (Texas), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL).

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MARCH 11 – MAY 13, 2017
OPENING ON SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017FROM NOON TO 8 PM

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Iván Navarro is presenting Fanfare, an immersive journey through previously unseen works exploring light, sound and language, confronting the viewer with issues of representation of power and sensorial perception.

Connecting optical and audio effects, Iván Navarro plunges visitors into utter darkness, surrounded by neon and mirror sculptures that also appear as percussion instruments. With his new work, the artist probes the ambiguities of language and the social power of music. At the center right of the soundless electronic percussion band, a double-sided bass drum uses light and mirrors to spell out an infinitely reflected word, with a closely related onomatopoeia appearing on the reverse face of the drum like a distorted echo: Blow becomes Bomb in a dual ambivalence, both formal and linguistic. Slap, Slam, Bang and Beat, illuminated “sounds” that punctuate the visit, evoking celebration as well as guerrilla warfare, aggression as well as resistance. The work produces a visual representation of sound while simultaneously removing and negating the original function of the instruments; ‘playing a song’ in the absence of sound. The inherent silence and stillness of these artworks create an uncanny perception of audio and movement, exploring the relationship between sight and sound.

The polysemy of the word ‘fanfare’, encompassing the raucous joy of traditional songs as well as the rigor of military bands, finds an echo in the musical instruments that Navarro has subverted. Born in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship, Navarro has endlessly examined issues of power and control, researching the way sound and language can serve as tools for political control, but equally for insurrection.

Born in 1972, Iván Navarro represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Yinchuan Biennale, China (2016); Pommery Experience #13 Gigantesque!, Reims (2016); Mute Parade, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2016); Una Guerra Silenciosa e Imposible, CorpArtes Foundation, Santiago (2015); Under the Same Sun, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); South London Gallery, London (2016); Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); This Land is Your Land, Madison Square Park, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham and North Park Center, Dallas (2014-2016); Where is the Next War?, Galerie Daniel Templon Paris (2013); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah and CorpArtes, Santiago (2013-2016); Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures, Frost Museum of Art, Miami (2012); Nacht und Nebel, Fondazione VOLUME!, Rome (2012); the Prospect.2 Biennial in New Orleans (2011); Heaven or Las Vegas, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2010); HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem (2010); Don Quijote, Witte de Witt, Rotterdam (2006) and Artificial Light, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami (2006).

His work is held in the public and private collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), The New York Public Library (New York); San Antonio Art Museum (Texas); Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), CAB (Burgos), Towner Contemporary Art Museum (Eastbourne, UK), LVMH Collection (Paris), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL), Fundación ARCO (Madrid), Vanhaerents Art Collection (Brussels), Borusan Contemporary Art Collection (Turkey) and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Santiago) among others.

 

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GALERIE DANIEL TEMPLON
30 rue Beaubourg, F-75003 Paris /
T : +33 (0)1 42 72 14 10
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