previews

  • Charley Case, A Mobile Cave (cutout view), 2009, caravan, plastic, earth, wood, metal, papier-mâché, sound by Ed Magnetico, approx. 9’ 6” x 14’ 9” x 7’ 10 1/2”.

    “Dreamtime”

    Les Abattoirs
    76 Allees Charles-de-Fitte
    May 13–November 11, 2009

    Channeling the prehistoric, contemporary art goes subterranean with this unique partnership between an archaeological park, a residency program, and an exhibition space. Nineteen international artists (including David Altmejd, Miquel Barceló, Mark Dion, and Xavier Veilhan) were invited to execute site-specific projects conceived for the Mas d’Azil cave complex in the Ariège region of the French Midi-Pyrénées and to exhibit work recently made while in residence at the nearby Caza d’Oro. The exhibition will be split between the park and the Toulouse exhibition space Les Abattoirs—the latter (on view through August 31) showing preparatory work along with projects by the artists referring to the Paleolithic caverns in which the final works will be sited—creating a spatial connection between the rural and the urban that echoes the show’s proposed temporal bridge between past and present.