Marc Camille Chaimowicz


23 September - 29 October 2000

Pendulum is the title of a series of exhibitions by Marc Camille Chaimowicz whose work in based on bi-cultural and aesthetic nomadism, as well as on notions of differences and 'non-places'.

Each chapter is a separate entity and specific to the place of presentation. The "summary" was presented in September 2000 at artconnexion, Lille.

Marc Camille Chaimowicz's work is presented as a rich and complex creative project which, for over 20 years, has called upon a multitude of artistic registers, from the practice of performance art in the 1970s to drawing and painting, but also, since the mid-1980s, to the creation of objects (ceramic and earthenware, scarves and carpets, theatre curtains, for example) and furniture (chairs, sofas or desks, consoles and screens), and even urban furniture. If the artist excels in all these fields, it is because his application in each of them seems to draw from a constant and equal personal necessity, the "subjective" or even "private" character being explicitly claimed in this non-hierarchical practice of art. The use of the stretcher painting or the sketchbook is thus no more essential to the artist than the design of a "utilitarian" object for public rather than private use.

For this project, the artist questioned the opposite notions of private space and public space, intimacy and community, less to challenge their social validity than to try from his own point of view to find a place there, and attempt to articulate the principles of identity, knowing that a balanced, unavoidable conversation between these two poles is required in order for it to be complete.