Guillaume Paris

Peter Freeman | 59 rue Quincampoix

Guillaume Paris thinks of the gallery as a “place of reflection” and his exhibitions as systems in which apparently heterogeneous objects set one another in motion and generate meaning through their arrangement. At first, one might be confused by the diversity of media put to use, from sculptural objects to video images, photography, and painting. What link can actually be established between the hermetic and vaguely disturbing inscriptions engraved on resin and Styrofoam stelae (Epiphanie 91a and 91b, both 2002), a mannequin of a child/angel encased in plastic (Infinite Justice, 2003), and a video showing the evolutions of a mass with no clear form or substance (Object, 2002)? Gradually one does make out the message, for the works all possess the same power of fascination, bordering on the hypnotic, and explore the same domain—that of the relationships, at once direct and murky, between

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