My Way with Jean-Michel Othoniel

We had not heard of this artist but he has obviously made an impact in Europe or at least in France to be given a large exhibition at the Pompidou. Maybe by posting this on my blog he can get another audience down under and further afar.His installation is fascinating and executed in a variety of materials that shows over a period development of his art practice in ideas and medium.

This invitation has included creating an exhibition for the Pompidou childrens’ activity area.

The work in glass is a collaboration he undertook with Murano glass blowers. He persuaded them against discarding the glass that was ‘wounded’ a wound that will always resurface no matter how you try to continue to work with the same object. He wanted the wounds to be part of the design.

The bookshop sells wearable size replicas of the glass necklaces, no I did not buy!The scale has impact but it is a simple design.

The glass bunting on this life-size boat is a bit more complex.

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  1. #1 by maryd on May 19, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    Very interesting & different to what I usually see. I like the glass installations.

  2. #2 by Celia on May 19, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    Wow…I used to make Swarovski jewellery, so this is particularly appealing! Thanks for the photos, Roz!

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