A new exhibition of works by French-born visual artist Flore Nove-Josserand.
2 very 1 scenes is a specially conceived sculptural installation for Siobhan Davies Studios that stretches across two floors of the architecturally acclaimed building.
It extends the artist's fascination with the meeting-point between sculptural object, painted surface and architectural environment explored in her recent solo exhibition P.18 at BISCHOFF/WEISS Gallery (2008).
2 very 1 scenes (Part 1) (2009) is presented on the ground floor, and features a series of vertical 'totemic' sculptural elements, visually identical they are divided by height into three groupings. The tallest (close to eight feet tall) stand propped, acting as a visual backdrop and stage, the next in height mimic the standing height of an adult, while the shortest pieces are child size. This relationship to different scales of human height is made evident as viewers are invited to walk close-to or in places through the work. The vertical 'totems' are unified by a repeating geometric pattern painted across their surface, collectively they create an optically vibrating environment, interacting with and disrupting the existing visual fabric of the building, such as the close-by criss-crossed mesh and vertical pillars of the studio's suspended staircase.
Located on the second floor is the work 2 very 1 scenes (Part 2) (2009). Here a single small 'totem' column takes on new associations, located beneath a small painting of red brickwork it becomes plant-like in its domestic appearance and scale.
2 very 1 scenes presents a series of independent elements whose structure and appearance repeats but whose reading is subject to constant change. In creating works that sit close to the boundaries of sculpture, painting, theatre and design Flore Nove-Josserand carefully asks us to consider the role and function of the visual within the environments that we chose to create, and those we find ourselves inhabiting.