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Claude Lévêque

Kamel Mennour | Rue Saint-André des Arts

The works of Claude Lévêque, installations based on everyday objects, can be easily described. For instance, Deviation (all works 2008): a shelter made of thirty-two car hoods in which a Venetian-style chandelier glows; or Untitled, which was suspended from the ceiling of the gallery: various objects (two children’s scooters, linked together, two walkers subjected to the same fate, a wooden pantry containing two tiaras) rotating in front of a white nylon veil that is raised by a breeze produced by a fan, to a sound track derived from a looped sample of “Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones. This literalism is the condition for an experience that is in the first place physical, as the visitor is invited to measure himself by the works; the spaces created and objects used address his body through absence (they are empty and abandoned) and synecdoche—articles of personal adornment or

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