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View of “Isabelle Cornaro,” 2015. Foreground: Golden Memories, 2015. Background, from left: Homonymes IV, 2015; Homonymes IV, 2015; Homonymes IV, 2015. Photo: Aurelien Mole.

Isabelle Cornaro

Balice Hertling | 47 bis Rue Ramponeau

View of “Isabelle Cornaro,” 2015. Foreground: Golden Memories, 2015. Background, from left: Homonymes IV, 2015; Homonymes IV, 2015; Homonymes IV, 2015. Photo: Aurelien Mole.

Isabelle Cornaro’s exhibition “Homonymes IV,” the latest in a series that began in 2010 at this same gallery, included four bas-reliefs: three in shades of gray and one, on the opposite wall, in black. These inverted triangular sculptures, covered with various objects, gradually become lower in relief near their bottom points. This structure gives the compositions a more dynamic, even precipitous, rhythm than in the artist’s earlier quadrangular panels.

A long way from a desire to collect and from the Surrealist focus on unique and fetishistic objets trouvés, Cornaro’s objects of preference—coins, pieces of silverware, shells, stones, vases, lightbulbs, jewelry, lipsticks, perfume vials—often exist in multiples. As in a film, the elements of this bric-a-brac are not present as such; once accumulated, they are cast together in Hydrocal, transubstantiated so that only a

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