Art Press : 2020-07-21

SPOTLIGHT : 35 : 35

SPOTLIGHT

35 spotlight It hosts artists in residence, produces and exhibits their work. Healing the wounds left by cyclone Klaus in 2009 has carried great weight in occupying these bruised landscapes. Over the years, twenty-one oeuvres have been set up and ten or so projects are currently in the works. The Forest basically stretches from the bassin d’Arcachon to Montde-Marsan, from Audenge to Canex-et-Reaux. famous Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. The Forêt d’Art Contempora­in is thus a colossal work site that is worth going out of one’s way for through the Landes de Gascogne. Many artists have participat­ed, among whom one Alain Domagala, Roland Cognet, Bertrand Dezoteux, David Boeno, Didier Marcel, or Philippe Fangeaux. Translatio­n: Jessica Shapiro De haut en bas / from top: Stéphanie Cherpin. «Vis Mineralis ». Commensacq, 2011. (Programmat­ion Laurent Le Deunff) Séverine Hubard. « Les Orgues des Landes ». Arjuzanx, 2016. (Programmat­ion: Jean-François Dumont) resculpted. For that matter, Séverine Hubbard’s (2016) in Ajurzanx displays a great number of pine blocks of various lengths stuck in the ground like basalt organ pipes. They bring to mind the Orgues des Landes OF OEUVRES AND GODS (1) www.laforetdar­tcontempor­ain.com It allows the encounter of emblematic oeuvres, while discoverin­g a beautiful region, originally swampy, and later, in the 19th century, artificial­ly planted with pines in order to drain it and make it liveable. In 2014, in Garein, Laurent Le Deunff imagined the Zoo of Sculptures, where sculptures were enclosed in metal cages similar to that in which zoo bears used to be held in the past. Stéphanie Cherpin’s (Commensaq, 2011) consists in a train wagon mysterious­ly covered in some kind of roughcast. It evokes the region’s bygone railway era, yet one cannot help but think of the trains that transporte­d prisoners to death camps. As for Bruno Peinado’s little yellow horse, in Vis Mineralis Une Rencontre, la Métis, le Même et l’Autre (2014), it stands in the centre of a pond in Bourideys. It is not the only piece to bring a pond into play: Marine Julié’s shows a river-god chilling in Luxey. This work reminds us that gods were created by men and that men sometimes act like deities, as is the case in this area of the South-West, which they have entirely Hello Apollo

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