Multimedia Artist, Photographer and Artistic Director
PAINTINGS - PHOTOGRAPHS - FILMS - SOUNDS - VIDEO MAPPING - SCENTS
a UNIQUE and IMMERSIVE experience for people.
FIAT LUX — a Latin phrase meaning “Let there be light” — is a collaborative project by multimedia artist and photographer Lénaïc G. Mercier, and internationally acclaimed painter Chantal Westby, that doesn’t confine itself to photographs and paintings alone, but realizes through this site-specific installation an entirely immersive experience, at once utopian and intimate.
Developed by the two French artists in New York City, this installation is a study in process, where the character-driven photography of G. Mercier reflects on the creative practice of Westby, intimately detailing the stages of development
involved in Westby’s use of Chinese inks and natural mineral pigments to form figures, lines, and shapes.
Incorporating not only pictorial methods, but scents and sounds as well, “FIAT#LUX - The Immersive Exhibition” is a unique take on the compartmentally separated genres of painting and photography, bringing both to life in a way that would be impossible if not for the overlapping of several media.
The result is a thoroughly enveloping experience, where viewers use not only their eyes, but the full range of their senses to participate in the scenes Westby creates. As Mercier’s photographs capture the embodied labor that goes into creating Westby’s impassioned, often surreal brand of art, the documentarian lens of his camera is taken to its limit, focusing not simply on recording a moment, but on retracing the emergence of a process — one that has as much to do with an artist working in her studio as with the productive imagination from which her artwork stems.
As suggested by the title, “FIAT#LUX” makes the private public, bringing to light the invisible history that goes into making a work of art. The way the artists have chosen to make the underbelly of an artwork visible is by transposing both painting and photography onto the plane of another medium. The techniques underlying documentary photography,
the manual labor that goes into the genesis of a painting, is translated into a digital sensorium: video mapping, a diffusion of lights, as well as music, are all used to expose the operations that tradition, along with aesthetic criticism, customarily conceals.
DIRECTED BY: Lénaïc G. Mercier
CONCEPTION OF THE EXHIBITION: Chantal Wesbty & Lénaïc G. Mercier
PAINTINGS: Chantal Wesbty
PHOTOGRAPHS: Lénaïc G. Mercier
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Johann Quistrebert
MULTIMEDIA PROJECTIONS: Lénaïc G. Mercier
MUSIC: "Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep." composed by Moby
TECHNICAL INSTALLATION: Marion Sébilo, Rémy Béasse, Johann Quistrebert, Ben Levkov, Natalie Adam, Chantal Westby and Lénaïc G. Mercier
MAKING OF IMAGES: Rémy Béasse
GALLERY DIRECTOR: Angela Di bello
TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR: Ben Levkov
EXHIBITION COORDINATOR: Natalie Adam
OPERATION MANAGER: Eleni Cocordas
Video projections on the walls and paintings
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