Art / Design, Travel

La Langue des Morts

Just behind Surface to Air shop in a little courtyard off Rue Vieille du Temple is the wonderful Yvon Lambert Gallery. I had it on a list of things to visit but found it almost by accident in the end as I went to photograph the herbs behind Surface to Air. Once inside (past Cerith Wyn Evans’ cool artwork in white neon) there was a brillant installation by a Mexican artist, Carlos Amorales who, interestingly produces a graphic calligraphy representative of a langauge or code which reminded me in some ways of the way Gen Miyamura worked. There are big differences of course in technique and concept as the symbols in this case have apparently been created from violent images of the drug-related deaths in Mexico.

In the same room, the huge mobiles of hanging cymbals allow you as the visitor to create your own music; as the artist says “…this installation suggests a quiet state of tranquillity, by being played by an audience can become either harmonic or chaotic. These sculptures are an antidote to the horrors caused by war and violence: my personal desire to offer a blissful moment.”

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