Like Water, Like Love
Curated by Shelter Press and KRETS
= overwhelming feelings, dreamscapes, stretched intuitions, liquid identities, watercolors and digital whispers
For this duo exhibition, the postmodern and meditative video Sightseeing by Quebecois artist Sabrina Ratté will start a dialogue with the abstract and fugitive watercolors, painted silk and drifting yoga balls by French artist and musician Félicia Atkinson.
Where do we start from? To escape where? And what if those colored fragments appearing like a pale echo in a white room, might be the only possible palimpsest that could testify an experience of desire and its burning memory? What if beauty was a rain that has all ready come? Like water, color, image, feelings pass through the fingers and leave only a perfume, a shadow, a feeling.
Something like a far-out delay from an old 80’s music video, when the tape is so old that you can only hear a quirky sound, and a strange and anonymous halo around… And, how could you possibly burn a ghost? “The answer is blowing in the wind”… Or, like an echo:
Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
– Emily Dickinson
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
– Emily Dickinson
Felicia Atkinson (b. 1981) is a French artist and musician working mostly on site-specific installations, paintings, drawings, texts, sculptures, music and performances, through the prism of improvisation and instant composition. Those permanent loops and impermanent objects are driven by the concepts of delay, reverberation, noise, ready-mades, musique and sculpture concrete, experimentation, imagination, as so many possible “dérives” into the material frames that stand for the gallery, the book or the record. She recently performed and exhibited in various places such as Palais de Tokyo (Paris), MOCA Geffen (Los Angeles), Saprophyt (Vienna), Oslo 10 (Basel) and Muca Roma (Mexico City). She recently published a book, improvising sculpture as delayed fictions, and a music album, A ready made ceremony – both on Shelter Press, the imprint she is co-piloting with Bartolomé Sanson.
Sabrina Ratté (b. 1982) is a Montreal-based visual artist, mainly working in the field of video. Her work proposes different visits inside architectural environments and landscapes generated by electronic signals. Her practice is also inspired by the relationship between electronic music and the video image, often involving collaborations with musicians for single-channel pieces as well as in live settings. Parallel to her solo work, Ratté is the visual part of Le Révélateur, with the electronic music composer Roger Tellier-Craig. Her work has been shown internationally in various forms and contexts, including live performances, installations, screenings, exhibitions and festivals. She is also part of the online collective Computers Club.
Shelter Press is an independent publishing company based in the French Alps. Their publishing program focuses on contemporary art, poetry and experimental music, through artist books, monographs and records.