IT NEVER ENDS – Domenico Battista, Thomas Downing, Olivier Mosset
Big Bird (Homage to Caroll Spinney)
John M Armleder has always had a passion both for the beauty and strangeness of popular culture and for the visual radicalism of geometric abstraction. This exhibition once more shows how the artist connects the worlds of childhood and abstract painting, of humour and conceptual rigour. And yet the title of this exhibition should not mislead visitors: it refers only obliquely to Caroll Spinney, actor and puppeteer of the children’s TV series Sesame Street throughout the 1970s, who died in 2019. John M Armleder is here attempting an experiment, based on the work of three artists whose paintings are characterized by the notions of repetition, optics and image. Closely related to the singular architecture of the exhibition space that he designed to fit the KANAL Showroom, Armleder proposes an experimental layout that raises a series of questions: Can these paintings become anonymous? What are the limits of these works? Do their effects resist the exhibition?