Anatole Notes (part 1) by Jane Bustin
Les Mystères du Château de Dé by Man Ray
at Testbed 1
33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NP
29 August – 2 September 2012. 11am – 6pm daily
Private View: Wednesday 29 August. Drinks 6 – 8pm. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
presented by Artprojx
The Anatole Notes project consists of assembled groupings of paintings, objects, paper and letterpress text. Each assemblage reflects on the unfinished fragmented poems ‘Pour un Tombeau d’Anatole’ by Stephane Mallarmé (1879), ‘a tomb for Anatole’ translated by Paul Auster (1983).
These fragmented phrases are Mallarmé’s attempt to come to terms with the death of his eight year old son Anatole. Paul Auster comments;
‘this is one of the most moving accounts of a man trying to come to grips with modern death, that is to say death without God.’
As a major symbolist poet, Mallarmé was interested in Art reflecting upon an emotion or idea rather than representing the natural world. He believed;
‘the sensation becomes the truth, not the time and place’.
He made many collaborations with artists of other disciplines e.g. Manet, Whistler, Munch, Debussy, Zola and Verlaine. The sound of Mallarmé’s poems were as important and sometimes more important than the meaning. His most famous poem ‘un coup de dés’ was a major influence on hypertext. His use of the blank space and careful placement of words and punctuation on a page allowed non-linear and consequentially visual readings of the text.
In Mallarmé’s pursuit for the ‘oeuvre pure’ he deduces that:
‘having found nothingness, I have found the beautiful’.
In the Anatole texts, it is apparent that Mallarmé felt the inadequacy of words to translate the enormity of emotion he felt for his son’s death.
Bustin’s reflections upon his texts attempt to combine the written words with visual equivalents to reveal the expansive meaning of the text. Each work consists of three or four painted objects arranged on the wall and floor; they are made of various materials e.g. wood, linen, paper, metal, oil paint and readymade chairs. The Mallarmé text has been hand letter-pressed onto paper or linen by New North Press.
Artprojx presents: Les Mystères du Château de Dé, 1929, film 35mm by Man Ray. 25 mins
Continuous screening as part of the Anatole Notes exhibition throughout the day.
The film was shot in the Saint-Bernard located villa in Hyères built by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in collaboration with Leon David. A cubist garden designed by Gabriel Guevrekian, furniture and decoration by Georges Djo-Bourgeois, Pierre Chareau, Sybold van Ravensteyn, Robert Mallet-Stevens, stained-glass windows by Louis Barillet, clocks by Francis Jourdain. Sculptures by Lipchitz and Henri Laurens.
Two travelers (Man Ray and Jacques-Andre Boiffard) leave Paris. At the end of a long journey, they arrive at a castle of modernity of which they will try to penetrate the mystery. There they meet people with strange rites and appearance.
The musical accompaniment on this film is the one Man Ray devised in the 1940s. It includes: Gymnopedie no1 by Erik Satie, performed by Leopold Stokowski; Samba Tembo by Thurston Knudson, Agie Goupil, performed by Thurston Knudson; Batucada by Don Alfonso, performed by Jose Morand; Singa-Dilla Street by Razaf Johnson-Silvern, performed by Fats Waller; Shu-Shu by Almeida & De Souza, performed by Jose Morand; Gymnopedie no2 by Erik Satie, performed by Leopold Stokowski.
Jane Bustin has been selected for the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize, Jerwood Drawing Prize and is currently showing some works at the Royal Academy Summer Show.
Jane Bustin has been in numerous group exhibitions including Kettles Yard Cambridge, Ferens Museum (Hull), Southampton City Art Gallery, Djanogly Gallery (Nottingham), Royal Academy (London) and most recently at the B55 Gallery (Budapest). Bustin has had solo shows at The Eagle Gallery (London), Artprojx Space (London) and The British Library (London). Her work is in several collections including V&A Museum (London), Yale Center USA, Ferens Museum (Hull).
Artprojx, founded and directed by David Gryn, is a leading brand that screens, curates and promotes artist’s projects, working with leading international contemporary art galleries, art fairs, institutes and artists.
Artprojx clients/partners have included: Art Basel Miami Beach, Gagosian, White Cube, Sadie Coles HQ, Lisson Gallery, The Modern Institute, Whitney Museum, Tate Britain, ICA, Frieze Art Fair and artists screening events have included: Christian Marclay, Dara Friedman, Santiago Sierra, Mark Wallinger, Christian Jankowski, Tracey Emin, Dexter Dalwood, Jeremy Deller, Wilhelm Sasnal, Grace Ndiritu, Luke Fowler.
Recent project: Artprojx / David Gryn curated Untied Tastes of America at the Hamburg Short Film Festival (May 2012) including artists: Yael Bartana, Slater Bradley, Meredith Danluck, Kota Ezawa, Dara Friedman, Jesper Just, Ryan McGinley, Ryan McNamara, Takeshi Murata, Rashaad Newsome, Martha Rosler, Mungo Thompson.
Forthcoming projects: Artprojx and Stevenson present ‘This is a True Story’ 4 short films by Penny Siopis – Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema – a Frieze VIP special screening event.
Art Video at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 – curated by David Gryn
Art Video 2012 http://vimeo.com/42828636
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