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Pauline Bastard, Les États de la matière (States of Matter), 2013, video, color, sound, 60 minutes.

Pauline Bastard

Eva Hober Galerie

Pauline Bastard, Les États de la matière (States of Matter), 2013, video, color, sound, 60 minutes.

Many Conceptual artists, such as John Baldessari, who employed sign painters found in the telephone book, have let their fingers do the walking. Pauline Bastard, however, brought new meaning to that yellow-pages slogan with her exhibition “Like Jenga.” The video Les États de la matière—le mur (States of Matter—Wall; all works 2013) shows her nimbly breaking through the wall of an early-nineteenth-century stone house with her fingers, dislodging stones by picking away at the crumbling mortar. This house, located in a remote French village named Saint-Yaguen, was purchased by the artist through Le Bon Coin, the country’s online classifieds. The condition of sale was that she dismantle the house and remove it; such sales allow buyers to repurpose the parts for use elsewhere. But instead of taking the house away with her, Bastard scattered its pieces in the surrounding area,

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