Clare Strand — The Discrete Channel with Noise


Installation, painting, photography, mixed media

Clare Strand
The Discrete Channel with Noise

Past: April 8 → July 8, 2018

The solo exhibition of new work by Clare Strand, titled The Discrete Channel with Noise, is featuring photography, painting, machinery and sound installation. The works on display are set in our time when the misinterpretation, mismanagement and misrepresentation of information — whether deliberate or accidental — has an ever-increasing and overwhelming effect on our everyday life. These failures of communication can lead to minor confusion, fantastic revelation or global outrage, depending when and where they occur.

“You photograph something then the photograph is split up in to millions of tiny pieces and they go whizzing through the air, then down to your TV set when they are all put together in the right order”

Mike Teavee, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, 1971

Mike Teavee’s experience is one of the starting points for Clare Strand’s exhibition. The precocious character explains the process of transmitting a photograph. However, what Mike fails to foresee are the complications and disruptions that can occur in the act of transmission. When Mike transports himself via Wonka Vision he is indeed broken into a million pieces, but when put back together again he is a 10th of his original size.

Over the course of her research residency in Autumn 2017 at the CPIF, Strand asked her husband to choose images from her archive and apply an agreed grid. He would then communicate the sequence of numbers relating to the tonal code of each photographic element on the grid. When received by Strand, she methodically painted the code on the matching large-scale grid she had drawn in her studio. Strand had also taken her lead from Claude Shannon’s information theory, as well as George H. Eckhardt who, in his (pre-internet) 1936 publication Electronic Television, discusses the potential for transmitting a coded photograph from sender to receiver via telegraph to produce a fair representation of the original image. The result of this ambitious painting experiment will be displayed in the exhibition, along with other works.

Siegfried Kracauer would recognize Clare Strand as a fellow ‘Rag Picker’. She describes her working method as being like ‘rolling in the grass and seeing what you pick up on your jumper’. Strand’s constantly evolving practice brings together intensive research, deadpan humour and insights into popular culture, shifting from the mysterious and the absurd to understanding public obsessions, often via trickery and manipulation. Recent exhibited work includes machines to encourage entropy, web programs, looped films, Fairground stalls and intricate photographic constructions focusing on, subverting, reimagining and manipulating the medium’s origins.

Strand’s has had a number of international and national group and solo shows. Her work is held in many collections and she has published three books. She is represented by Parrotta Contemporary Art — Stuttgart/Cologne.

Exhibition produced with the support of Fluxus and the Institut Français

  • Opening Saturday, April 7, 2018 3 PM → 7 PM

    Public opening on Saturday, April, 7th
    followed by a talk (in english, translated into french) with the artist and the curator and art critic Pascal Beausse

    Free shuttle from Paris, by reservation

  • Meeting Saturday, April 7, 2018 3 PM → 7 PM

    Public opening on Saturday, April, 7th
    followed by a talk with the artist and the curator and art critic Pascal Beausse

    Talk in english, translated into french

    Free shuttle from Paris, by reservation

77 Seine-et-Marne Zoom in 77 Seine-et-Marne Zoom out

107, av. de la République

77340 Pontault-Combault

T. 01 70 05 49 80 — F. 01 70 05 49 84

Opening hours

Wednesday – Friday, 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Other times by appointment

Admission fee

Free entrance

Venue schedule

The artist

  • Clare Strand