SYLVIE ARLAUD & OTTO MUEHL
THE HUMAN FACTOR
Jan 29 - March 5
Mein Kampf I, 2015
Magazine-page (shredded), on acrylic glass-plate in wooden-frame.
21 x 30 cm
Source: Filmstill, "The Great Dictator", by Charlie Chaplin 1940,
Charlie Chaplin Archives and Taschen editions, Spring-Summer 2015
@Sylvie Arlaud, 2016
Installation view „The Human Factor“, Viennacontemporary 2015.
Sources: Two children chairs, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR-Design of the 45-50ies)
& Erste Hilfe (shredded-book), Lehrbuch des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes, 1941
& Mein Kampf accompagné de commentaires (shredded-book), par E.L. Michel, Paris 1938
& Kochen mit einer Mark (shredded-book), Dachau editions 1916/1929
Installation, Vienna, 9.2015, mixed media, 55 x 48 x 45 cm.
@Sylvie Arlaud, 2015
Text from the artist:
Since 2011, i have been using more and more mixed-media, like collage,
assemblage, installation and photo-Performance.
I prefer to work directly on original documents from catalogues, books,
writed press, maps etc., but also on reproductions on paper or transparent
foils and I choose for my installations familiar objects.
I illustrate each part of my work with meticulously researched sources.
These investigations and their transfer are an inherent part of my artistic process.
In my series, sensual abstraction 2011 and feminine 2012, i undertook a sensitive
identity-introspection, introducing to my work an autobiographic and some strong
feminist element, like for example a recurrent and self-developed feminity sign.
A.O, i worked on photoreproductions from material-actions by Otto Muehl in the 60ies,
a sexual-education book from France in the 70ies and a photographic-volume by Jeanloup Sieff.
In contrast to the previous two series, I reduce in The Human Factor the esthetical interventions,
concentrate on historical investigations and the recognition of correlations in the political,
financial and social environment as well as in the communication and educational systems.
Blending past and present facts and assembling symbolic images for them, i try to reach
a high emotional content and to transmit a warning-message to the next generations.
My art is pioneering, a modern and political based work, something I would like to donate
to us, humans. Lets say a political "Objet trouvé", reality put in an artistic context.
The serie The Human Factor is also an hommage for the 2001 deceased artist, Mark Lombardi
and a referenz to his sociograms.
I beleive in this responsability and this courage, to work as an artist for a global elargement
of consciousness about our reality. Certainly it can be poetical or humorous, main thing brutally honest. Thats what is guiding my steps in life and art.
History may be repeated in a wrong way again and again, if behind the scene the settings
keep hidden, the real wire-pullers keep not identified or not held responsible afterwards.
And at the end if art remains mute or be hushed, we are really lost.
Sylvie Arlaud, January 2016
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The gallery is currently not looking for new artists and is not
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