Roman Signer

Galerie Anne de Villepoix

A garden table’s four legs fly away with a bang, while the top crashes, distressingly, to the floor. The flight of a stick of furniture, carried joyously aloft by three orange balloons into the blue sky, then violently stopped in its course by rifle bullets. The absurd efforts of a table mounted on four tin cans to slide over water. The useless resistance of a suitcase, bloated by the pressure of a white balloon swelling inside it like the seed of a nightmare. . . . These are some of the fifty conflagrations, collapses, flights, imbalances, ruptures, dispersions, and implosions that take place in this video, which is a kind of mid-career retrospective of Roman Signer’s work—work that spans the period between 1975 and 1989.

A formidable museological document, but also a real disappointment, when one was expecting to come upon clues to one or more of these events: they occupy a territory

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