Aurélien Froment

Galerie Lucile Corty

Using a system of visual and linguistic associations, magician Benoît Rosemont dazzles spectators with illusion and feats of memory. Aurélien Froment has performed with Rosemont, participating in his magic act, and for this exhibition, the artist channeled the magician’s mnemonic strategies and spectacles. Froment’s Les Paravents (The Folding Screens; all works 2009), made of wood covered in raw linen, formed the show’s physical and conceptual backdrop. Devoid of pigment and, apart from one color photograph, imageless, three of the folding screen’s panels are fixed within the structure’s metal support, while the fourth has been casually propped against a nearby wall. Through the element’s absence from one section of the work, the screen can also act as a frame. Dividing the gallery space, this temporary wall, like a magician, discreetly directed spectators’ movements and sight lines.


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