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Rachel de Joode, Soft Inquiry XII, 2015, ceramic and ink-jet print on PVC, 21 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 5 3/4".

Rachel de Joode

Galerie Christophe Gaillard

Rachel de Joode, Soft Inquiry XII, 2015, ceramic and ink-jet print on PVC, 21 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 5 3/4".

Rachel de Joode’s exhibition “Porosity” provided viewers with numerous ways to understand the oscillation between object and photograph, between 3-D and 2-D, between virtual space and physical space that has long characterized her work. In the video Soup, 2015, we see the artist’s hands as she soaks various objects in a whitish and viscous liquid. Shot from above, the comings and goings of, for instance, some bubble wrap, a photograph, or a paintbrush give the screen a sense of depth. Soup shows that everything, even a croissant that floats like a dinghy and resists going under, can become a kind of sculpture—or, more precisely, that everything emerges from a “soup,” a dough, a process of maceration. As the French philosopher Michel Serres has observed, making a distinction between material and mass, statuary takes its basis in the latter. Serres specifies that if material

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