Air de Paris is very pleased to announce C’est Wouf!, M/M (Paris)’s new exhibition at Air de Paris, as well as the collective exhibition Pétrone/Pétrole, curated by Vincent Romagny, with bruant&spangaro, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Hanne Darboven, David Jourdan, Lisa Holzer, Monica Majoli, Fabian Marti, Carol Rama, Anne Laure Sacriste, Josef Strau and Benjamin Swaim.
Art as practised by M/M(Paris) is a cumulative affair, spreading from medium to medium in a process of endless expansion. M/M's concern is signs: their absolute plasticity and their persistence. Making play with scale and context, the work of this duo founded by Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak in 1992 is fuelled by transpositions of media and form that trigger corresponding effects of meaning. Thus M/M (Paris) exhibitions function equally as updates of their archive and as a pause allowing signs already produced to assume new forms and continue their trajectory.
C’est Wouf ! is specifically a display of their three-dimensional output, featuring domestic items that are either functional or intended for contemplation. At the core of the installation, Infinitable (Mise-en-abîme) (2011) offers a miniature catalogue raisonné of their artefacts set on a replica of the table in their studio. Around this scaled-down nucleus, the gallery is displaying works that are emblematic (Paravent, 2001), hitherto unshown (Left/Right Hemisphere, 2007) or specially created for the exhibition (Pouf (C'est Wouf!), 2013). Wouf, the character who gives his name to the exhibition, conjures up and extends the notion of The Agent (2000), drawn from a rejected project that has become a recurrent part of the M/M (Paris) oeuvre; we imagine him as "man's best friend", a paradoxical embodiment of an affective figure in a simplistic register of forms. He is sheltered – hidden away – under the presentation structures of The Carpetalogue (2012), a group of four carpets that provides a domestic-scale breakdown of M/M's different registers of artistic language: drawing, geometry, photography and writing.
Opening Friday, April 12 at at Air de Paris, 6pm. On display until May 18th.