Espace de l’objet
Sophie Dubosc et Jonathan Loppin
Sophie Dubosc and Jonathan Loppin intervene in a class to introduce a theme inspired by their own creations. Through the notions of installation, sculpture, photography and video, the artists developed work sessions with the students in order for them to have a plastic practice of contemporary art. For four months, weekly two-hour sessions punctuated the evolution of the project with a class of CE1 from Einstein Elementary School, a class of 6e from Politzer Middle School, a class of 3e from Fernand Léger High School and a class of 2de arts plastiques from Darius Milhaud High School.
Sophie Dubosc and Jonathan Loppin develop a common outline for all classes by offering a bank of images from the history of art from the 16th to the 21st century. These works were selected because they interrogated the object, its staging and the notions of installation and sculpture. From them, the students and the artists discussed their visions and their own understanding of the images and works which were presented. This image bank allows them to create a common vocabulary and to instill personal research on L’Espace de l’objet. For some, they create casts, abstract representations of objects chosen from their everyday life, for others, miniature creations of environments and sculptures. The artists encourage the students to look at familiar objects in a different way and to take a mental approach: questioning the way they look, the relationship they have with private or public space, the relationship between object and language, between objects and substitutes, the way to put an environment on exhibition. The valorization of the project gives rise to an exhibition at the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac from 10 to 12 June 2005.
Sophie Dubosc (born in 1974 in Paris, lives and works in Normandy) graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2002), the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Master in Art History, 1998) and the École du Louvre (1997). Above all turned towards volume and sculpture, Sophie Dubosc’s work most often associates heterogeneous forms and materials with a strong physical presence such as ash, plaster, hemp, fabric, glass, hair, wood, ink… Their presence generates images, provokes reminiscences that refer to absence, otherness, memory. Through her works, Sophie Dubosc plays with the idea of matter but also with the idea of culture, projection, perception and she reinvests the field of sculpture, from surrealism to minimal and conceptual art through Arte Povera or Anti-Form.
ohnattan Loppin (born in 1977, lives and works in Rouen and Paris) graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2003. “When it is a question of evoking the work of Jonathan Loppin, the first thing comes to mind is minimal sculpture. A minimalism rid of the postulate that form is the object itself. This emancipation once affirmed, the physical and mental involvement of the spectator can happen. Jonathan Loppin reverses the characteristic autonomy of minimal sculpture to join other spheres, other modalities of construction and negotiation with the real, with an increased attention to the way in which it usually gives itself to be seen, how it becomes more precise or erases itself. What is no longer legible or audible, what is no longer there or what is absent, becomes the place where Jonathan Loppin operates, in the interstices of a forgotten scene, in the hollows and folds of a collective memory space. In this way, the narrative and open quality of Jonathan Loppin’s work comes to light, tilting it to the side of cinema, that is to say, of a space available and waiting to be projected. Sculpture is therefore an object that induces movement and provokes a chain of mental images producing a fiction, a story. »