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OCÉANE BRUEL – HABITS OF THE SOLAR PLEXUS, SLEEVELESS 4:00 AM

23.2-31.3.2019
MUU Cable
Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C, Helsinki, Finland
Open: Mon–Fri 10–19, Sat–Sun 12–16

 

image : Oceané Bruel, Habits of the Solar Plexus, sleeveless 4:00 a.m.

 

For MUU Kaapeli Océane Bruel has created sculptural installations derived from her intimate experience of the everyday. The work relates to the situations and vulnerabilities of feeling incorporated within the thick systems of contemporary life. How to deal with this bodily uncertainty of all these opportunities, precarities and virtualities?

Opening of the exhibition on Friday 22 February 2019, from 5pm–7pm. Welcome!

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The work consists of physical interventions into lowly materials such as a foam mattress, carrier bags and vertical blinds. Alongside these, diverse smaller gestures (with wax, clay, objects etc.) contribute to a site of existential hugs and strangleholds. The exhibition takes place mostly in a horizontal space, sculptures and objects scatter the floor with indefinite paths. While the materials at hand might be significant, there is something else at play. The senses are inhabited by after-images and soaked mirages. Some words are swallowed in between.

Like numb fingers at forgotten passwords.

Océane’s working process can be seen as casting a personal refrain in a world of sleek ambitions. The refrain is both a way to make a place for one-self, but also to step aside from the production of such a self. Sometimes it’s ok to be tired to be someone, and just listen to some techno. Deep within the sense of inescapability, there could be some solace with pleasure. A calm, seductive darkness. Approaching 4:00 AM there is a recurring rush-hour at the solar plexus, and sticky pressures form.

I confess, I burned a hole in the mattress
Yes, yes, it was me, I plead guilty
And at the count of three I pull back the duvet
Make my way to the refrigerator
One dry potato inside, no lie, not even bread
Jam, when the light above my head went bam!
I can’t see, something’s all over me, greasy
Insomnia please release me and let me dream

– Maxi Jazz (Faithless)

Océane Bruel (b.1991, France) works with the physicality of poetic language, in sculptures, spaces and bodies. She lives in Helsinki, where she moved in 2016 after obtaining her MFA from ENSBA Lyon France. In the Nordic countries her work has been shown at AiRSandnes and Landmark – Bergen kunsthall (Norway), Galleri CC in Malmö (Sweden), Titanik gallery, Exhibition Laboratory and Asematila in Finland. She also works in collaboration with Dylan Ray Arnold. In the Spring 2019, they will be in residence at Cité des Arts in Paris and will exhibit at Glassbox gallery.

 

Text : Dylan R.A.

 

This exhibition is supported by the Paulo Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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