Philippe Parreno at Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Philippe Parreno at Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, to mark its 10th-year anniversary, is showcasing three new works by French artist Philippe Parreno – “Fraught Times, FZRA, January, 1998” (2018), “Anywhen” (2018) and “Wallpaper, Marilyn” (2018). The exhibition, on view through November 10, 2018, is reminiscent of its predecessor, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in October 2008.

“Parreno created the first Christmas tree, ‘Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year’ — it’s an artwork and in ‘December it’s Christmas’ (October 2008), part of what would become his ‘Fraught Times’ series. The artist now presents a new sculpture in the exact same spot at the center of the gallery, returning the gallery space to its original state,” says the gallery. “‘Fraught Times, FZRA January, 1998’ (2018) is a polychromic sculpture representing, in raw METAR terms, a lifeless, frozen pine tree. FZRA is a Raw METAR code, one of the most commonly used formats for the transmission of observational weather data around the world. Twenty years ago, in January 1998, a freezing rain lasting six entire days coated the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick in Canada with 7-11cm of ice. The reproduction of one event echoes another; the opening of a gallery 10 years ago against one of the worst ice storms in Canada 20 years ago.”

Surrounding this curious sculpture, the walls of the gallery has been covered with phosphorescent, patterned wallpaper that very intelligently provide the much needed landscape to the tree. 

“The black and yellow floral motif was first produced – but not used – for Parreno’s seminal film ‘Marilyn’ (2012), and is now brought to life, from out of the artifice of the film set and into the exhibition space,” according to the gallery.

A new edit of film “Anywhen” by Philippe Parreno is on view too that was first shown during Parreno’s 2016 Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. 

“‘Anywhen’ (2018) explores the porousness of communication; through the voice of comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti, a monologue written by Parreno, is heard from the body of a cuttlefish, representing the embodiment of another being inside her and presenting a non-symbolic language as seen on the dynamic skin patterns belonging to these fantastic, otherworldly creatures via camouflage,” says the gallery.

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