Solo show, Art au centre Gallery, Laval (FR). 2019.
With the contributions of Simona Rossi and Adrian Owen.
This exhibition encapsulates a first chapter in Laquet research about fascination and fear that revolves around the wolf as it naturally re-colonizes our territories. Her work has to do with modern myth, when the saying “man is a wolf to man” is more true than ever, the artist probes the idea of cohabitation as the world becomes less habitable. With more climate migrants to come, there is an urge to change our relational modes. Laquet uses a magician’s dexterity, to focus on the dynamic aspect of appearing, and disappearing.
The speech, the wolf, the landscape, the hunter and the dictator.
Installation with three HD Films. 2019. With the contribution of Simona Rossi. Music composition: Adrian Owen.
Ch(i)aine de vie
Installation: wooden shelves, neon lights, skeletons (coll. Laval Sciences Museum), 4m x 70cm x 2,20m. 2019.
-scenes et anthropos-
Installation with 300 plaster mushrooms (coll. from the Laval Science Museum) and 2 photographs mounted on the wall, 285 x 260 cm – 280 x 260 cm. 2019.
Porte Beucheresse is a historical building in downtown Laval, where the painter Henri Rousseau was born. Today a part of it is used by the gallery Art au Centre. Shortly before her solo exhibition, Christine Laquet was able to access the abandoned part of the medieval building. Despite the naive painter having traveled very little in his life, he produced a major work composed of exotic landscapes and animals, drawing his inspiration from the Natural Science Museums he frequented. Laquet is equally fascinated by these museums, from which she regularly solicits for her work. As a tribute to Rousseau, she took a piece of wallpaper from his birthplace, on which she interpreted one of his famous paintings: The Snake Charmer. As if she could tame our fears and alter the course of things at the sound of her flute, Laquet seeks to re-activate the charm.
Dry pastel painting by Louis and Bernard Laquet (67 x 53 cm, ap. 1983), giant seashell (Ostreoidea), headphones and soundtrack (Story transmitted by Christine Laquet, written by Isabelle Marchand, voice of Céline Guétaz and Didier Maignan and sound creation Yann Mainguy), 3min07, 2019.