Benoît Maire - History of Geometry

February 27 - March 20, 2011
Opening: Saturday, February 26 at 7 pm in Zuidwal 52
Open: Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm,
and by appointment

Each hour of the opening night, Benoît Maire will do a performance lecture that interlinks the different sections of the exhibition.

Benoît Maire brings together notes, drawings, rough drafts of sculptures, photomontages, collages, and paintings, in order to measure the precarious equilibrium between an image and its concept. He's in search of an intersection between formal and mental space where an esthetic can blossom.
The exhibition 'History of Geometry' consists of three parts. It will show a continuous screening of 'Repetition Island', his latest film that will have it's Dutch premiere at Walden Affairs. On the middle floor of the exhibition space Benoît Maire proposes a selection of works from his series 'History of Geometry'. It is a course whose main theme would consist in the resonances that the series interweaves within itself and with the surrounding space. It is a progression from one work to another through various modes of representation, exploring the fields of publishing, quoting and language within an artistic and philosophical framework. The series offers forms of analogies between the geometrical shape and the work of art, thereby constantly reevaluating the physical and emotional dimension of the work.

After having earned a M.A. in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, Benoît Maire studied art at the Villa Arson in Nice until 2003. His work was recently exhibited in France at the New Festival at Pompidou Center and in the Modules at Palais de Tokyo (2008), as well as in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Lisson Gallery. In 2010, Benoît Maire was invited to have a solo show at the Aquitaine FRAC. He is represented by the Corthex Athletico Gallery (Bordeaux). In 2009, the artist began researching the “aesthetics of differends.”
Benoît Maire was born in 1978. He lives and works in Paris, and is represented by gallery Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.