In Situ — 1
In Situ — 1
Past: June 4 → September 21, 2014
The Espace culturel Louis Vuitton launch In Situ — 1, the first edition of an unprecedented open-studio program that span three locations of the world-wide Espace network : Paris, Tokyo and Munich. Each space has invited an international female artist to join for a period of four months and give free rein to produce new work.
During this time, the spaces transform into open studios which allow visitors to witness all stages of the creative process — from inspiration to fruition — and experience unique encounters with the artists. While kicking off in Paris from June to September, the program will find an echo in Tokyo and Munich from September of this year to January next year.
In Situ — 1 represents an innovating format for the Espaces Louis Vuitton on various levels. As Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO at Louis Vuitton, says: “A defined passion for creation has always been at the core of Louis Vuitton, which translates into the idea of witnessing how new work materializes and share the experience of the creative process”.
For the first edition, three female artists were chosen, continuing the house’s commitment to pay tribute to outstanding women in various creative disciplines.
In Paris, American Andrea Bowers has total freedom to her inspiration, while Tokyo lends its Jun Aoki-designed space to South-Korean artist Min-Jeong Seo and Munich welcome Malaysian artist Simryn Gill in the gallery’s upper and lower levels. For both Seo and Gill, In Situ — 1 constitutes the artist’s first major solo show in Japan and Germany respectively. The three artists work with a variety of media and all litterally start with a “blank page“ at each location, being entirely free to choose the way they inhabit and transform each Espace.
Andrea Bowers open the door to her ‘studio’ for about four months to share her experience of working in situ with the audience and show the progress of her work. This work in progress will be completed by a program of ‘Rendez-vous’ — conferences, Conversations, Performances and a Young audience program comprising artist-run workshops, creative courses and a journal with complementary information. In Situ — 1 brings the Parisian Espace to divide its space in three sections : the artist’s open studio; a space where visitors can discover a selection of books on the artist’s universe; and a space especially dedicated to youth workshops.
Andrea Bowers was born in Wilmington, United States, in 1965, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Andrea Bowers has made herself known through a body of work championing civil rights causes: feminism, workers’ rights, global warming, AIDS. From performances to drawings, to photos, to installations, her multifaceted œuvre is embodied by a complex network of forms and issues. #sweetjane, one of her most recent presentation was held at the Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art in California. Her work was included in Art Public at Art Basel Miami (2011), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2011) and in several solo and groups exhibition.
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