Arvo Leo — Fish Plane, Heart Clock



Arvo Leo
Fish Plane, Heart Clock

Past: October 31 → December 17, 2017

Stéphanie Cottin (Caro Sposo) invites Arvo Leo

Fish Plane Heart Clock (2014)
Video HD, color, son ; 60 min
Screening every hour from 2 pm (last screening at 5 pm ; on weekends : 6 pm)

It’s a story of how a harpoon transformed into a pencil, and with it, everything else. Arvo Leo centered his 2014 film Fish Plane, Heart Clock on Inuit artist Pudlo Pudlat (1916-1992) — positioning Pudlat’s pencil as a fulcrum around which a much wider context accrues.

Originally living as a hunter on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, an injury led Pudlat to relocate to Kinngait, a colonial settlement. In 1956, Canada’s Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources set up Kinngait Studios, to provide Inuit with space, materials, and instruction for drawing and printmaking. The West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative followed in 1959, to promote sales and exhibitions of Inuit art in southern Canada and internationally. Pudlat’s imagery reflects his rapidly changing environment, combining animals or igloos with airplanes or helicopters, and often morphing one into the other.

Working prolifically in the Studio, Pudlat’s prints and sculptures were distributed widely by the Co-Operative. Yet in Fish Plane, Heart Clock, Leo focuses on Pudlat’s largely unknown collection of over 4,000 drawings and paintings — the more private side of an artistic output spanning four decades. Music performed by Cape Dorset residents adds another layer, and is as present as the image.

Fish Plane, Heart Clock is more demonstrative and lyrical than documentary or neutral, as Leo interpretatively parrots Pudlat’s artistic logic and visionary form of graphic oration. Leo sees his film as an attempt not to speak ’about’ Pudlat, but to speak ’nearby’ Pudlat. In other words, the proximity Leo provides is a seat at the center of an orbit, from which both an unseen collection of art and a constellation of cultural, economic, and political relations come into focus.

Chris Fitzpatrick & Post Brothers

Created in 2014 and composed by Marie Canet, Stéphanie Cottin, Clément Dirié, and Caroline Ferreira, Caro Sposo proposes projects around film, video, and performance, exploring contemporary creation in all its expressions.

  • Arvo Leo, Fish Plane, Heart Clock — Projection du film suivie d’une rencontre avec l’artiste et Caro Sposo Meeting Thursday, December 14, 2017 7 PM → 9 PM

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La Manufacture des Œillets,
1 Place Pierre Gosnat

94200 Ivry s/ Seine

T. 01 49 60 25 06

Mairie d'Ivry

Opening hours

Wednesday – Friday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 2 PM – 7 PM
Other times by appointment Closed on public holidays

Admission fee

Free entrance

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  • Arvo Leo