L'heure  bleue
installation view
Pneu vélo verre (Glass Bicycle Tire)
Pneu vélo verre (Glass Bicycle Tire)
Air amusé (Amused Air)
Air amusé (Amused Air)
Air amusé (Amused Air)
1.2.C.U.P.
1.2.C.U.P.
Une petite pipe morte
Une petite pipe morte
Une longue pipe (A Long Pipe)
Du musée Sauvignons
Du musée Sauvignons
Du musée Sauvignons

 

 

 

This exhibition began while working as artist in residence at the Dora Maar House in the historic village of Ménerbes in the south of France.  The concept of this installation—a meditation on my personal art icons—is a direct response to being surrounded by the incredibly rich history of working there in the studio used by both Dora Maar and her longtime companion, Picasso.

 

L’heure bleue refers to the blue hour between daylight and dark when colors are at their most intense and artists are most inspired.  This installation presents an intimate "musée d'homages" of memories and inspirations. Looking at the history of 20th century art, I have selected for re-presentation those works which are most revered as iconic in the canon of modern art history—Duchamp’s urinal readymade and Magritte’s pipe for instance.  I sculpt and cast objects using a diverse range of non-traditional materials that are carefully chosen for each.  The chosen media are conceptually integral to the object being explored: so, a smoking pipe made of paraffin wax or a bicycle tire made of glass will have layers of inherent meanings.  If ever used for their intended purposes they would be destroyed…

 

© 2016 by Michael Crowder Art 

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Une petite pipe morte

(A Little Pipe Death) cigarette ashes, resin 3” x 5 1/2” x 1 1/2”