physical self
a solo show by Laura Gozlan

15.04 – 13.05.2017

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Breathing Skins #3, 2017 Résine epoxy, fibre de verre, résine polyester, mousse extrudée, écran 5/4, player multimedia, enceintes stéréo. Vidéo, son, couleur, boucle 6mn 58 x 48 x 23 cm. Unique Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Exhibition view « Laura Gozlan – physical self », Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, Paris
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Inners Chains #5, 2017
    Pmma tubes, epoxy resin, swim bladders, ginseng, dried octopus, dvi cables, usb cable, aluminium, batteries
    110 x 10 x 7 cm. Unique
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Breathing Skins #2, 2017
    Epoxy resin, fiberglass, polyester resin, extruded foam, screen 5/4, multimedia player, speakers. Video, sound, colour, 6mn loop.
    58 x 48 x 23 cm. Unique.
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Sensorium, 2017
    Wax of palm, microlens, epoxy resin, fiberglass, colouring agents, pmma tube, epoxy resin, swim bladders, ginseng, dried octopus, Ethernet cables, aluminium tube, clamp collar, wood, polyester resin.
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Physical Self, 2017
    Video 16:9, sound, color, 11mn
    In situ
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Physical Self, 2017
    Video 16:9, sound, color, 11mn
    In situ
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

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    Laura Gozlan, Physical Self, 2017
    Video 16:9, sound, color, 11mn
    In situ
    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro

For her first personal exhibition at Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro, entitled physical self, Laura Gozlan worked on the texture of images as if it was skin epidermis, conjured literally or more elusively by its texture, its colour, its processing, its membranes. Discreet but omnipresent, the body’s presence is suggested in its subtraction by the entanglements between skin and stone, or by more striking operations such as disfiguration. This disfiguration affects the figure in a straightjacket, in its identity appropriation and in its narcissism. The disfiguration agents include the drawing, historically the medium that shaped the human face, and special effects from zombie movies that Laura Gozlan is passionate about, especially the ones by Lucio Fulci, with its heads simmering at high temperature and decomposing before the eyes of the spectators. A third disfiguration agent is, more trivially, a bad scan made by a Kinect infrared camera. The technology used here does not project the future its perfecting techniques allow us to imagine, but forces us into thinking back to the present.

As a whole, Laura Gozlan’s exhibition is filled with a narrative latency or, more specifically, with a length of time, with a time span lived away from the chronos. It appears intangibly in the white noise made out of sounds and voices forging linkage between the exhibition pieces as much as, in a more material way, in the screen sculptures and in the projection of refracted moving images. Dwelling in this chronotope – which evokes the dystopian ambiances found in science fiction, seizing a parallel time more than a time to come – is a significant challenge launched by physical self.

Excerpt from a text written by Riccardo Venturi, catalog physical self, forthcoming on Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Text by Riccardo Venturi, design by Myriam Barchechat. Co-edition Laura Gozlan, Anywave, Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro.