We gave a party for the gods and the gods all came
Stéphane Bérard, Pauline Curnier Jardin, John Giorno, Alex Hubbard, Charlie Jeffery, Marie Lancelin, Seulgi Lee
26 October — 8 December 2012
Borrowed to one of John Giorno’s poem paintings, the title of the exhibition “We gave a party for the gods and the gods all came” sounds like a hallucinated statement, evoking the extravagance of pagan rituals anchored in the collective imaginary, as well as conveying the ideas of feast and celebration.
In the particular context of an exhibition which will mark the end of the galerie Arko’s current activities, we aim to counterbalance some kind of disenchantment with a wisp of derision and deliberate exaggeration.
As it seems useful to claim that every creative or intellectual activity is a resistance to the numbing of the mind, we imagined this exhibition like a demonstration in favor of the creative action, showing a refusal to give up on discouragement. The artworks we put together have in common a strong performative dimension as well as a familiarity with other artistic domains (poetry, dance, theatre, music, magic…) Without being the theme of the exhibition as such, the idea of a “total artwork” lies beneath the multidisciplinary practices of the invited artists, and their ability to convey a full-fledged universe: an art that is in no way tyrannical, but on the contrary, generous in the energy it releases.
As a way to extend to the streets the territory of art, some interventions in the public space will come in addition to the works shown at the gallery. These proposals will “occupy” the ordinary landscape of the city according to their own temporalities, and will generate some surreal and exuberant visions.