Move Your Art at the 4eme Mairie


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Sculpture by Simon Rousselle: www.simonrousselle.com

Saturday, April 21st is the LAST day of an extraordinary show that we just happened to discover during our walk today in the Marais district at Espace d’Animation
48, rue Vielle-du-Temple
75004 Metro: Hotel de Ville
11 am to 7 pm. Free admission.
www.artdanslaville.com

The name of the free art show is ‘Move Your Art’ The best word to describe the show in French would be ‘insolite’ or unusual – but in a very fun and inviting way.

Recycled bits of everything imaginable have been gathered together to make a merry go round, mechanical creations that sometimes demand spectator participation. You need to press your foot on a foot imprint to make a machine gust a phantom Marilyn Monroe’s red lingerie.

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There are telephones with strange messages for the listener, plenty of strange noises, thumps and footsteps of antlered creatures that take us happenstance visitors to a fantasy land, far from the streets of Paris – but we are still ensconced in the 4th arrondissement, known by many visitors as the Marais.

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Merry-go-round by Jean Francois LeComte

Although many talented artists participated in the show, we especially liked the work of Jean Francois LeComte who designed the ‘merry-go-round’.
Simon Rousselle’s bar scene colors made me eager to look around for a similar watrering hole on this sunny day in the Marais – but rather than bar scenes, it made me think back on the figurines we had just seen at the St. Germain Auxerrois church in a Flemish carving that had been snatched from the church during the Revolution and recovered in the 19th century. Whether we’re at a bar – or deep in prayer – our simple clay wrought bodies look small and superficial in comparison to the explosion of color in which we live.

If this weren’t already too much of a good thing, just outside the Mairie du 4eme, we met photographer Sebran d’Argent who was doing a street photo exhibit. His work included photos from Myanmar, Varanasi, and Ladak (on the Tibetan/Indian border). Sebran definitely has a connection with water – if any of you are Pisces or Aquarius, you need to check out his photos (but even if you aren’t, has photographed some extraordinary parts of the world from a unique vantage point.) He has an understated attitude – and doesn’t try to hit you over the head with ‘THE’ photo. There is more mood and fluidity than the static concept of photo or ‘shot’ – he has a love for the elements of photography – the silver – the paper – the darkroom – I’d describe his work as one part photography, nine parts alchemy. He buys his photo paper in Paris and does his developing in Poland – what could be more romantic than that? It makes digital sound almost like a dirty word.