Lecture by Pierre Leguillon

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
March 3, 2011, 7:00–9:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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The French artist Pierre Leguillon creates slideshows, objects, and assemblages using a methodology based on accumulation, selection, and sequencing. The content of the non-narrative slideshows -- whether installation photographs, artworks, film stills, postcards, magazines, or music -- is revised for each presentation, and often possesses a disarming wit and elusiveness. Its supposed randomness hints at a complete freedom, but the finely crafted juxtapositions subtly affect the meaning of the components within the sequence. For instance, Leguillon has brought together Carl Andre's sculptures with Middle Eastern music and the words "Interlude: flying carpets."

In 2009 Leguillon presented Slideshow/Cloakroom in the Paper Show at Artist's Space, New York (curated by Raimundas Malasauskas). His slideshows have also been shown at Maison Rouge, Paris; Secession, Vienna; Temple Gallery, Philadelphia; and beyond. Since October 2008, CAPC Musee d'art contemporain in Bordeaux, France, has hosted La promesse de l'ecran, an ongoing series that includes films that the artist believes are "dedicated to the peripheral." Behind the screen a small bar is concealed; the artist takes up the role of bartender at the end of each film's showing. Another project, a "ready-to-hang exhibition" titled Pierre Leguillon Features Diane Arbus, a Printed Retrospective, 1960-71, was recently presented at the Moderna Museet in Malmo, Sweden. It currently resides as a combination artwork/collection/installation in the collection of the Kadist Art Foundation.

Leguillon was born in 1969 and lives and works in Paris. He published the journal Sommaire from 1991 to 1996, and his work as a curator and critic has been featured in magazines such as Journal des Arts, Art Press, and Purple.

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