Saturday, May 10, 2008

Guy Limone

An exhibition of new work by French artist, Guy Limone is on view now at Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery at 10, impasse st. claude in the 3rd.

Color is the essential component in Limone's meticulous, visually engaging work. A highlight are the flourescent tubes covered in two-inch high cut out pieces of transparent film that follow a certain color scheme dictated by the artist. For example; "Mexico Green," includes images of the famed green VW bug taxi's along with say, a gas station that has a green facade or a vendor with a basket full of avocados. A red version of this idea took it's centerpiece as the Venice Biennial with fragments not only of the red flags and banners for the show but also the red tile roofs or a woman's red shawl. Each consists of dozens, if not at times hundreds of images Limone has taken of the years. They have a soft glow from afar but like most of Limone's work, are best experienced close up. Other work in the show are the floor-to-ceiling strings of painted plastic figurines which are also studies in color, on top of being beautiful objects, and the spinning wall pieces which involve a large, circular white base, solidly afixed to the wall, onto which small photogrpahs or figurnes have been painstakenly and specifically placed to create a real mise-en-scene impression, but once the work is spun they turn into a dizzying, swirl of color. Limone's work is obsessive in its attention to detail and the delicate construction of objects and the results of incredible efforts he must go through in fabrication (by hand and without much assistance, I believe), are impressive.

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