Anna Solal at New Galerie

Artist: Anna Solal

Exhibition title: La Convalescence

Venue: New Galerie, Paris, France

Date: January 20 – March 3, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and New Galerie, Paris

The child is bedridden, strapped down from one end to the other with hawthorn ties. His bones are so fragile and his hands so diaphanous that one fears an unknown disease. Jammed into his sheets, he struggles to see the chickadees burrowing into the snow. The window made of PVC, then the clouds and sky merge into a mirage. His sight clouded over by the steam from a cup, the world seems unattainable. In the distance, horns set the cadence of the exits off the freeways where the blacktop is cracked, brutally embraced by jackhammers. The broken tea cup on the tiled floor responds to the jolt of the stroke of the clock. How the minutes seem long and the horizon seems vague!

Drop after drop, time is stretched thin.

On a ceiling with the asbestos removed, the child with glass bones thinks he sees Lidwina of Schiedam, a Catholic mystic and the patron saint of ice skaters. Isn’t she the one who, pierced by the bars of a metal gate, could not be cauterized? Her raging wounds could hardly tolerate being patched up. At mealtime, on a cellulose tray lie some vapors and tablets. Desomorphine? Gamma Butyrolactone? A powerful derivative of benzocaine? The shot is painless. The liquid exhales a smell of rancid butter. In his sleep, he begins to dream.

Cobalt chips, marbled aluminum screens, orange peels and a thousand straws are his stored-up treasure. Its debris comes alive like a swarm of birds making silhouettes, sometimes muddled and sometimes cheerful. He dreamed of dancing in their impetuous and playful heart, alternating splits and arabesques, taunting Winter with his side steps. Freed from his terrestrial bonds, he would become a prince, the master in his ragpickers kingdom. Sailing without instruments, heading for the California state line, after Santa Barbara, following the footsteps of the one who never wanted to grow up.

Awake, a screen in the crook of his neck emitting a stifled frequency, his heart beating slowly, only an electronic halo pierces the darkness. The window is covered with thick felt which is unraveling into shreds, sordid rags which are penetrated by moisture.

Diogenes of Sinope, illuminated crackhead abandoned to moral corruption, that’s what he looked like. A victim that would be protected from chemtrails, these vapor trails of sulfur left by Boeings braving the sky. Caught in the two-wheeled vice mounted on top of pikes, the cruel ones imagined by the Marquis of Alpilles, it was no more than a kind of celestial gallows. The same sensation was felt during his transatlantic flights, at the opportune time when numbness resulted from the combined blast of burning heat and icy air sliding across the surface of the porthole: an absolute state of suspension, where the body surrenders to the destiny of the airplane.

Near Death Experience or an apparition of the Virgin Mary, he could not tell with his eyes full of frost if the sky was again cloaking itself. His sight clouded over by the steam from a cup, the world henceforth seemed accessible. If virtually nothing alive could be saved, he would once more find the light of spring, which clearing its path, would strike the few survivors with its gift of gab.

-Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou

Anna Solal, La Convalescence, 2018, Installation view, New Galerie, Paris

Anna Solal, SALADE, 2018, Tie, glass, rope, colored pencil on paper, metal thread, wood, plastic supermarket box grid, 63 x 50,5 x 4 cm

Anna Solal, AFTERNOON CLOUDS, 2018, Broken smartphone screens, bike chains, ropes, tulle, metal thread, colored pencil on paper, plexiglass, plastic supermarket box grid, 64 x 50 x 1 cm

Anna Solal, La Convalescence, 2018, Installation view, New Galerie, Paris

Anna Solal, INFUSION CAMOMILLE, 2018, Combs, children shoes, massage stick, metal rod, carpet, tulle, steering wheel protection, plastic supermarket box grid, plexiglass, colored pencil on paper, 94 x 46 x 8 cm

Anna Solal, INFUSION SAUGE, 2018, Kitchen tool, bike chains, car carpet, ropes, metal rods, belt parts, tulle, steering wheel protection, plastic supermarket box grid, plexiglass, colored pencil on paper, metal thread, 86 x 48 x 4,5 cm

Anna Solal, La Convalescence, 2018, Installation view, New Galerie, Paris

Anna Solal, BLACK TEA WITH MILK, 2018, Shoe parts, hair clips, stickers, metal rod, tulle, steering wheel protection, plastic supermarket box grid, plexiglass, colored pencil on paper, garlic press, broken smart phone screen, ropes, metal thread, 92 x 47 x 6 cm

Anna Solal, BLOC-NOTES, 2018, Plastic parts, hair clips, car carpet, metal parts, ropes, broken smart phone screens, bike chains, plastic parts, carpet, plastic supermarket box grid, tie, belt, tulle, combs, metal rods, cloth, metal thread, 75 x 64 x 4 cm

Anna Solal, BLOC-NOTES, 2018, Plastic parts, hair clips, car carpet, metal parts, ropes, broken smart phone screens, bike chains, plastic parts, carpet, plastic supermarket box grid, tie, belt, tulle, combs, metal rods, cloth, metal thread, 75 x 64 x 4 cm

Anna Solal, THE CLOCK, 2018, Metal stand, tulle, mirror, metal rods, combs, keyboard parts, ropes, remote buttons, broken smartphone screens, broken iPad screens, chess pieces, metal thread, metal parts, thread, 89 x 186,5 x 25 cm

Anna Solal, THE CLOCK, 2018, Metal stand, tulle, mirror, metal rods, combs, keyboard parts, ropes, remote buttons, broken smartphone screens, broken iPad screens, chess pieces, metal thread, metal parts, thread, 89 x 186,5 x 25 cm

Anna Solal, THE CLOCK, 2018, Metal stand, tulle, mirror, metal rods, combs, keyboard parts, ropes, remote buttons, broken smartphone screens, broken iPad screens, chess pieces, metal thread, metal parts, thread, 89 x 186,5 x 25 cm

Anna Solal, La Convalescence, 2018, Installation view, New Galerie, Paris

Anna Solal, NIGHT CLOUDS, 2018, Colored pencil on paper, tulle, bike chains, broken smart phone screens, plastic supermarket box grid, metal thread, plexiglass, ropes, keyboard parts, magnets, 60 x 47 x 1,5 cm

Anna Solal, CUP WITH STAINS, 2018, Broken smart phone screens, shoe parts, razor, massage stick, plastic, ropes, metal thread, tulle, bike chains, metal parts, Installation, Dimensions variable, Elements: Cup: 28 x 36 x 45 cm; Birds, 36 x 35 x 3 cm; 37,5 x 37,5 x 3 cm; 36 x 24 x 4,5 cm; 70 x 45 x 4,5 cm

Anna Solal, CUP WITH STAINS, 2018, Broken smart phone screens, shoe parts, razor, massage stick, plastic, ropes, metal thread, tulle, bike chains, metal parts, Installation, Dimensions variable, Elements: Cup: 28 x 36 x 45 cm; Birds, 36 x 35 x 3 cm; 37,5 x 37,5 x 3 cm; 36 x 24 x 4,5 cm; 70 x 45 x 4,5 cm

Anna Solal, CUP WITH STAINS, 2018, Broken smart phone screens, shoe parts, razor, massage stick, plastic, ropes, metal thread, tulle, bike chains, metal parts, Installation, Dimensions variable, Elements: Cup: 28 x 36 x 45 cm; Birds, 36 x 35 x 3 cm; 37,5 x 37,5 x 3 cm; 36 x 24 x 4,5 cm; 70 x 45 x 4,5 cm

Anna Solal, CUP WITH STAINS, 2018, Broken smart phone screens, shoe parts, razor, massage stick, plastic, ropes, metal thread, tulle, bike chains, metal parts, Installation, Dimensions variable, Elements: Cup: 28 x 36 x 45 cm; Birds, 36 x 35 x 3 cm; 37,5 x 37,5 x 3 cm; 36 x 24 x 4,5 cm; 70 x 45 x 4,5 cm

Anna Solal, La Convalescence, 2018, Installation view, New Galerie, Paris

Anna Solal, MORNING CLOUDS, 2018, Colored pencil on paper, tulle, bike chains, broken smart phone screens, plastic supermarket box grid, metal thread, plexiglass, 65 x 48 x 1,5 cm

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