September 6 – November 10th, 2012
Opening: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm
ParisScope is currently hosted by MIXED GREENS:
531 WEST 26TH STREET, FIRST FLOOR, NEW YORK
Benoit Pype’s delicate practice brings care and attention to that which is often overlooked. In one project, almost microscopic details of ordinary newspapers are blown up into works of soft and gentle beauty. In another series, he creates very specific supports for neglected natural elements: A tiny carrying case for a drop of water, a crutch for a blade of grass, a series of shelves for willow leaves. In Geographie Transitoire maps of major world cities are die-cut into enormous leaves, whose veins and patterns resonate with the latticework of urban spaces. Slowly the leaves decompose, forming a new, fictional and ephemeral city.
These preoccupations with calling attention to small, overlooked details have lead Pype to a poetic and witty practice, which continues in this exhibition. For some time he has crafted small pedestals for the display of micro-sculptures made from pocket lint. Quotidian, tiny, and insignificant materials are transformed into aesthetic monuments, and are simultaneously a call to recognize the possibilities of aesthetic experience all around us, and an absurdist critique of monumentality itself. For ParisScope, Pype will finally be able to present his work in an even more monumental way, blowing up the scale of the lint balls into even more monumental works. Increased by several orders of magnitude, the work still maintains a curious, if somewhat ominous and uncanny presence. Pype’s work is meticulous and thoughtful, and by devoting an entire gallery space to the careful preservation and display of pocket lint sculpture, the double-edged sword of Pype’s project develops an even sharper blade.
Benoît Pype studied fine art in Monpellier, France, and, most recently, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Since graduating in 2011 he has been involved in several noteworthy exhibitions and projects, including a 2012 solo project at the prestigious Palais de Tokyo in Paris as part of their “Modules” program. He has also completed an extended residency at Buitenwerkplaats, Amsterdam, and most recently exhibited in Venezuela at the MAC in Maracay. Pype lives and works in Paris, France.