23 October 2019 - 16 November 2019
‘ecce’ (2018) was shot in super 16mm at the glassware of Saint-Just in France, one of the last production factories to use the traditional technique of blown glass. The film is made as a documentary and follows the process of making a glass sheet. The transparent object is hardly visible in the picture, letting the viewer imagining the aim behind such manual work. The incessant ballet of the workers evokes Beckett’s world in itself, animated by the absurdity. At the end of the production line, the imperfect glass sheet is broken and returned to the liquid state before being blown again, repeating the cycle indefinitely.
The title ‘ecce’ refers to the Latin word, which means ‘behold’, and it refers to the famous phrase, ‘Ecce Homo’, said by Pontius Pilate while addressing Jesus Christ; it has also been often used as the title for many paintings in the history of art. However, Montaron’s action of removing the word ‘Homo’ brings new meanings, moving the focus of the discourse from the human subject to the object/subject.
At BIASA ArtSpace, the ‘ecce’ is projected onto a freestanding screen (three meters x five meters) installed diagonally in the empty exhibition space, transforming the video into an object, creating new avenues for investigations focused on how we think through tools and objects. The presentation of Montaron’s work marks BIASA’s activity of supporting art locally and internationally, creating a bridge between the island of Bali and the rest of the world. With ‘ecce’ in Bali, BIASA offers a big opportunity to locals to encounter an extraordinary artwork and to have a direct encounter with one of the most interesting voices in the contemporary art landscape.
About Laurent Montaron
Laurent Montaron (born in 1972, Verneuil-sur-Avre, France; lives and works in Paris) is an interdisciplinary artist working across film, photography, installation, sound, performance and objects. His works draw from the history of technology to examine systems of belief, investigating the ways in which innovations have continually given rise to new ways of observing and understanding the world. Through his critical investigations of the media and tools that shape our representations, his work lays bare the paradoxes that accompany our awareness of modernity.
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv in 2018, Les Moulins de Paillard / Centre d’Art Contemporain, Poncé sur le Loir (FR) and Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou in Paris, France, both in 2018; Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris in 2016-17; Mercer Union, Toronto; Teatrino at Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice; Monitor, Rome, all in 2014; Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2013; Pigna Project Space, Rome in 2013; Galerie Schleicher+Lange, Berlin, 2012; and Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, 2010. The artist has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally including ‘EPPUR SI MUOVE’, MUDAM, Luxembourg in 2015; ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014; The Encyclopedic Palace, the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; Open End – Goetz Collection, Haus der Kunst, Munich; ‘Lost in LA’, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, all 2012.