Galerie Marie Vitoux | Regard
Location Galerie Marie Vitoux, 3 rue d’Ormesson place Sainte-Catherine 75004 Paris
Opening hours 14:00 – 19:00 from Wednesday to Saturday from 1 June 2017 to 22 July 2017
Artists Sarah Navasse, Mireille Arbellot, Nathalie Bourdreux, Alixe Fu, Abraham Hadad, Maryl Le Berre, Alain Nahum, Jean-Charles Quillin, Marie Rauzy, Ciro Rizzo, Bea Vangertruyden, Christophe Mirallès, Serge Labegorre, Jean Rustin
It’s still because of a newsletter from Sarah Navasse. The gallery is on a little road in the Marais, and it’s easy to go be ignored. The inside is not large either, but the atmosphere is quite interesting. There’s the ground floor, then some spiral staircases that lead to the basement. The whole place looks old but neat, and loads and loads of artworks are in stock.
At the reception was a friendly old lady and a nice girl who could speak English. The entry is free, and there are some books and postcards for sale.
The title of the exhibition is ‘regard’. It’s not the English word; it’s a noun in French, and it means ‘look’. I didn’t know what to expect at first. The displayed works present different looks in the eyes of different people, or even mannequins (Alain Nahum). There are paintings, photos and sculptures; in some works, you can distinguish the eyes, in some you can’t, but you still feel the stare. It’s a bit like a nightmare in the basement where you’re surrounded by paintings of eyes fixing tensely on you, but at the same time, when you get over it, it’s fun to observe all the looks, to ‘stare back’. I don’t deny that some works are really horrifying, though. I haven’t done any research on any of the works, so I was only imagining what the artists were going through when they created those pieces. Several constantly reminded me of depression or some other psychological problems.
Still, I really like this exhibition. When I was younger, one of my best friends, Eva, once told me that when she was bored, she’d observe everyone in the street, and she would find them very funny and would laugh so hard. I mean, when we really watch carefully, we find that everyone has a certain way of looking at other people and things, and through their looks are conveyed their attitudes. Then, different people take different looks differently according to their own style, according to how they observe the looks. I think that’s the point of this exhibition.