The Film Gallery, Paris
François Delagnes, Marie Losier and Silvi Simon
In 2008, The Film Gallery had its first stand at Art-O-Rama with a 16mm film by Christian Lebrat as well as three large format photographic prints. We return 12 years later with three younger artists who share a similar approach between plastic art and experimental cinema, precisely where our gallery is situated.
The works of François Delagnes, Marie Losier and Silvi Simon borrow from – as well as divert – the elements and techniques of both dimensions. The creations are wacky, free from the constraints of traditional cinema. The works are inflected from all sensory dimensions: films to be touched, to be displayed as tableaux, screens designed from food…
Displaying his films in light boxes, François Delagnes foils the illusion of motion while focusing on the film material: the gauge, the perforations, its material and transparency. Marie Losier’s installation creates a dialogue between the motion of the projected film and the fixed drawing: her screen is an enormous imaginary creature with a projector in hand. Silvi Simon invites the visitor to discover the textures of the screens, hand woven fiber optics or arranged popcorn. Finally, all three artists reflect on light as a material to be manipulated, to be sculpted or transformed as it touches different screen surfaces. The Film Gallery stand will seem like a cabinet of curiosities where, plunged into darkness, the light intersects and responds between these unclassifiable works.