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Solo Presentation at FIAC, Paris 2010
Secteur Lafayette, Cour Carrée du Louvre
Bureau, New York Booth E16
October 21 - 24 2010 / Preview October 19 at Cour Carrée

Featured sculpture in Jardin des Tuileries
FIAC and Musée du Louvre Outdoor Projects




Bureau is pleased to announce its participation in FIAC 2010 in Paris.

Justin Matherly will present a new solo project in the Lafayette Section at the Cour Carrée du Louvre as well as debut a new sculpture in the public sculpture project at the Tuileries Gardens.

At the Tuileries, Matherly will unveil the third iteration of a sculpture based on the classical marble, the Belvedere Torso, Why don’t you put your beautiful head between your legs, where your reason sits among the lice of your debauchery and the running sores of your depravity. The booth will feature related works in concrete and metal ambulatory products, as well as new print work.

A hulking torso, with missing head, arms and legs cut at the knee – is based on the classical sculpture, The Belvedere Torso, which resides in the Vatican. Thought to be Hercules resting after completing the twelve labours, and sitting while in deep meditation. What is left of the marble torso is an abused and mutilated artifact that is deprived of its arms, legs and head. Matherly finds this violently defaced image of Hercules eternally trapped in thought to be intriguing, for how can one think without a head?

Composed not of marble, but cast intricately in the ubiquitous contemporary material of concrete, Matherly’s scupture presents a deficient, decrepit, but very imposing body. Resting upon a matrix of metal poles from asstitive medical devices used to aid an infirm person to ambulate, the piece speaks to the convalescent body and reveals a deep fragility and pathos.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a German Art Historian (December 9, 1717 – June 8, 1768) sees the contours of the Belvedere Torso to be ever changing, articulating a perilous form of the verge of appearance. For Winckelmann the folds and gaps on the back of the Torso indicate Hercules’ inward dialogue that occurs within the mind without uttered sounds. Matherly's interest lies in the implication that here thought is directly inscribed on the body of the Torso.

For the artist who attempts to copy the Torso, there can be no sense of accuracy “as the undulation whose direction she thinks to trace will diverge imperceptibly and cause the eye and hand to err by taking a new path”. Matherly’s project takes this statement literally, which is not to copy slavishly but to approach the sculpture analytically, unmasking the problem of its formal mechanism in order to force something altogether other from this paragon of Greek beauty.

Justin Matherly's projects during FIAC have been made possible in part with the generous support of Entreprise Michelon-Nitzel

Thursday October 21st to Sunday 24th, 2010
Grand Palais: noon - 8 pm
Cour Carrée du Louvre: noon - 9 pm

Tuileries gardens
Every day: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm

By invitation only
Preview Cour Carrée du Louvre
Tuesday October 19th, 4pm - 8:30pm

Professional afternoon
Wednesday October 20th, 3pm - 5pm

Wednesday October 20th, 5pm - 10pm