Exhibition. Erwin OLAF : Waiting

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At Rabouan Moussion Gallery until 28th November 2015
Erwin OLAF, exhibition 'Waiting' Gallery shot 2015. Photo credit : Eddy Boulares. Courtesy the artist and Rabouan Moussion.

Erwin OLAF, exhibition ‘Waiting’ Gallery shot 2015. Photo credit : Eddy Boulares. Courtesy the artist and Rabouan Moussion.

Orchestrated by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf, the inaugural exhibition of Rabouan Moussion’s new gallery space plunges us into a timeless atmosphere. Time – that is what it is all about. Thus, visitors are welcomed by a triptych self-portrait illustrating the stages of life – “Self-portraits 50 years, I Wish/I Am/I Will Be” – which introduces the series of black and white photographs titled “Waiting”.

 

Erwin OLAF, 'Waiting' La défense 2, 2014. Photo credit : Eddy Boulares. Courtesy the artist and Rabouan Moussion.

Erwin OLAF, ‘Waiting’ La défense 2, 2014. Photo credit : Eddy Boulares. Courtesy the artist and Rabouan Moussion.

Carefully composed pictures, where contrast between light and dark sculpts faces and structures the background, are reminiscent of compositions by Edward Hopper or Flemish paintings. The almost panoramic formats suggest windows through which we enter the intimate, mesmerized by its spectacle. Inside cafes or lounges, women with a cold yet captivating beauty are depicted frozen in the wait.

 

Erwin OLAF, exhibition 'Waiting'. Photo credit : Eddy Boulares. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Rabouan Moussion.

Erwin OLAF, exhibition ‘Waiting’. Photo credit : Eddy Boulares. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Rabouan Moussion.

Melancholy and intensity are pushed to the climax in the video installation also titled “Waiting”: 50 minutes of duration, during which the varnish of appearances could crack at any moment, revealing the internal revolt and torments of the soul.
 
«”I expect an arrival, a return, a promised sign. The object of this expectation may be trivial or extremely pathetic; In Erwartung (in expectation) a woman awaits her lover’s return at night in the forest. I only expect a phone call, yet it is the same anguish. Everything is solemn: I lose all sense of proportion… ”

(Roland Barthes, Fragment d’un discours amoureux – A Lover’s speech (1977))

 

Practical information

Galerie Rabouan Moussion

Address: 11 rue Pastourelle, 75003 Paris

Opening times : 10 am – 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday

Free entry

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