Jimmie Durham

.  March 19th, 2011 - April 2nd, 2011



Jimmie Durham

03.19.2011 - 04.02.2011

Galerie Michel Rein is pleased to present Jimmie Durham’s artwork Regarde from March 19 to April 2, 2011.

Created for the Lyon Biennale 2009, Regarde is a monumental installation made of scaffolding and CCTV cameras. With this unexpected pairing of objects, the artwork, whilst reflecting the current preoccupations of our society, reveals a punchy sense of humour. Jimmie Durham questions the established order more surely than all the cameras in the world.

For him, "In our lives lived in cities there are many things which are not meant to be noticed; except to negotiate space around them. I love all of these humble objects, such as construction scaffolding. One sees it on practically every city block now. Even more ubiquitous are the surveillance cameras that watch us so neutrally, witnessing our faux pas without comment. When I think, as a sculptor, of what I might make in a public space, I like to see what is available within the everyday world-objects that are so 'normal' their existence no longer insults anyone; they are almost invisible."

Hou Hanru, curator of the 10th Lyon Biennale writes: “The scaffolding is gleaming and factory-fresh, the standard equipment you see adorning walls being built or refurbished. The CCTV cameras are usually hidden, intending to keep us under surveillance. Together they add up to a create a strange system: who’s building what, who’s spying on whom?“

Galerie Michel Rein has been representing Jimmie Durham for the past ten years. This strong collaboration lead to two exhibitions at the gallery “Une pierre presque volante” (2004) and “Labyrinth" (2007), an artist’s residency at the Calder Studio in Saché (2007), than a solo exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (January 30 – April 2009).

Jimmie Durham has exhibited in Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Gent, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, ICA London, Documenta IX in Kassel, Hamburg Kunstverein, FRAC in Reims, Wittgenstein Haus in Vienna, Whitney Biennial (1993 and 2005),, Kunstverein in Munich, and the Venice Biennale (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005) among many others.

Since settling in Europe in 1994, Jimmie Durham’s work has focused primarily on the relationship between architecture, monumentality and national narratives. Jimmie Durham is the author of numerous essays and in 1993 Kala Press published an anthology, "Ecrits et manifestes", published by the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Paris in 2009. This same year, on the occasion of Durham’s retrospective at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the monograph “Pierres rejetées” was published.