Viw from the exhibition, Reena Spaulings, Pont du Carrousel
Photo Florian Kleinefenn. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Reena Spaulings succeeds in turning cute little Nintendo creatures and the nonchalant celebrity of Michel Houellebecq into the monsters of children’s nightmares. Even better: she portraits them as characters in a contemporary mythical bestiary. Weedle, Wigglytuff, Gloom and Michel Houellebecq are the modern day equivalents of Perseus and Hercules. Accordingly she’s has also reproduced figures of antiquity through the constellations. On the opening night of the show on September 3rd in Paris, the artist hung three canvases on Dibond representing the map of the sky from the ceiling of the gallery. Mythical constellations of the past (Aquila, Ursa Major, Draco…) in the same space as the new stars of our era…
The entire exhibition is conceived around the very contemporary idea of geo-location, namely that of the Chantal Crousel Gallery. The painted Pokémon are those that can actually be geo-located near the art space. And even Michel Houellebecq has been spotted round the corner in a neighbouring street… almost like a sort of rare Pokémon.
Pont du Carrousel by Reena Spaulings, until 8th October at the Chantal Crousel Gallery, 10, rue Charlot, Paris IIIe, www.crousel.com
By Thibaut Wychowanok