Exhibition March 1 to April 7, 2013
Opening Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Greetings: Erik Schrader, Head of Department of Education and Culture, Saarbrücken
Introduction: Dr. Andrea Jahn, Director of Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken
Concurrent Exhibition: Andy Spyra "Faith & Land"
Delphine Reist & Laurent Faulon, Installationsansicht "Body Building" 2013, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken
Delphine Reist (b. 1970) and Laurent Faulon (b. 1966), a duo of artists from Geneva, like to intervene in places where others become uncomfortable: construction sites, abandoned industrial locations, or vacant shopping centers. Their international exhibitions have already made them known outside Europe.The Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken is presenting for the first time a “wellness center,” in which the fitness craze and art meet. Sculpturally distorted fitness equipment, a diving board that points into the void of the exhibition space, or performances with seemingly absurd physical exercises leave no doubt that the struggle to obtain a flawless body of ideal weight belongs to the same dubious system as the appreciation of art as a status object.
Reist and Faulon create installations that call into question the object character of art, amuse or alienate us, and very certainly develop lives of their own: works of art that smell, move, or make noises, art that gets itself noticed, that gets in the way, and that becomes particularly evident where we are not expecting it at all. So Delphine Reist and Laurent Faulon have created spaces in the Stadtgalerie in which the marketable styling of the human body is debated along with the convention of viewing art as a lifestyle.
Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Delphine Reist and Laurent Faulon, Body Building Delphine Reist and Laurent Faulon, Body Building
Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Delphine Reist, Cent fleurs épanouies, 2009 Delphine Reist, Cent fleurs épanouies, 2009