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Benoît Maire, Suspended Weapons, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Benoît Maire

DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation)

Benoît Maire, Suspended Weapons, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Benoît Maire’s recent exhibition was more accessible than the French artist-cum-philosopher’s previous outings, even if it was hard not to feel that some aspects of it were pitched just over one’s head. At least the exhibition’s title, “Weapon,” clearly expressed its main theme, here related not only to violence but to the material technologies of perception and measurement.

Several works in the show seemed suspended between aphorism and clue: a 2012 assemblage of a stone, a shell, and a piece of quartz imprinted with the words HERE, MEASUREMENT IS AT FAULT, HE SAYS; faux-vintage photographs of the artist’s Paris neighbors set on top of a pedestal among stones separating several layers of glass (Conjugaison No 4: 18 January 2013); a photogram of a hand á la Man Ray (Untitled, 2013). Such works seemed to be fragments, implying that medium and message were being hermetically folded

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