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Mille Yeux

Clément Rodzielski

From Friday 14 March to Monday 30 June 2014

Right from the beginning of his solo exhibition at the Synagogue de Delme, Clément Rodzielski presents a contradictory gesture: a blind space into which eyes and bodies stumble. It is a centrifugal volume to be circled, as one circles around an unresolved question, nevertheless inviting us to go look elsewhere, at the border, in the margins and passageways…

People often mention Clément Rodzielski’s relationship with images: cut-outs, displacements, unframings, reassemblages of images that surround us, all-consuming images of communication, cinema, fashion, the web…

So how should one approach these wandering images, which have become transparent by dint of being so visible, images whose obviousness could apparently stand to be muddied? How do we occupy these smooth surfaces with our bodies, our skin, our imagination, in such a way that they end up touching us and rubbing against us?

Clément Rodzielski surreptitiously scatters the exhibition space with a series of transparent stickers. So many surfaces that hold traces of the ground they were placed on, marked with the real, at its most prosaic and minor: dust, hair, fibres, grit, punctuating a few cut-out eyes in advertising images, eyes that reflect our own, as if in a mirror…

An imposing structure on the ground floor seems like an impenetrable block, but from upstairs it becomes a stage for a few simple, subtle gestures: drawings and objects show on the surface, at the centre of the structure. Viewers lean on their elbows while looking at them, in a waiting position.

Beyond this space just above the eyes, the artist displays several series of recent works created for the exhibition. Sculptures, paintings, objects and drawings blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces; objects and images are presented as inside-out skins, stripped surfaces… In one corner, a clay sculpture is covered by imprints of eyeglasses in a chain pattern, as if a machine body had literally come and eaten this shapeless mass of flesh with its blind eyes…

Clément Rodzielski’s exhibition is made up of scattered fragments, dismembered bodies, whose thousand eyes are also a thousand pieces, shattered in a place where the space between things is just as important as the things themselves. You have to walk and look in every direction, and perhaps wait, turn around and then turn back, look around yourself and at yourself. The title of a series of works in this exhibition suggests a possible point of view: de la fenêtre depuis le lit (from the window from the bed)

Marie Cozette


A work by Clément Rodzielski, produced for the exhibition Mille yeux (Thousand Eyes) is presented at À la 12ème Borne, a restaurant in Delme. 

Born in 1979 in Albi, France, Clément Rodzielski lives and works in Paris, France.
He is represented by the Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris, and Campoli Presti Gallery, Paris and London.


Selected solo exhibitions

Indipendenza studio, Rome Italy

Clément Rodzielski, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
10 Nouveaux A, Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur Marne

Clément Rodzielski, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, la Chapelle, Reims
Et se je voi oe et demie, Zoo Galerie, Nantes
Julie et sa cousine, Ecole Supérieure d’Art de Clermont Métropole, Clermont Ferrand

Monnaie de nécessité, La Douane / Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris


Selected recent group exhibitions

Partido Alto, Atelier Rouart, Paris
Period Room, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Wild Patterns, Galerie Van Gelden, Amsterdam, Netherland
En quatre temps, trois mouvements, Le générateur, Gentilly, x-with Frac Ile-de-France

Les Référents, Galerie Edouard-Manet, Gennevilliers
Le club des sous l’eau, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
The Body Argument, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Monnaie de Paris, Paris
Les images vieillissent autrement que ceux qui les font, CNEAI - Musée Fournaise, Chatou

The Rise and fall of matter, Collective, London, UK
Antidote, Galerie des Galeries, Paris
2001 - 2011 : Soudain déjà, Galeries d’exposition de l’Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris
The Best society, Castillo/Corrales, Paris
Beyond the dust – Artists’ Documents Today, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
From A to B, from B to P, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers