Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo will soon reveal his new exhibition Merci on 21st of June 2019 at Le Temple de Chartrons in Bordeaux, France.
The new body of works questions the audience. If the landscape corresponds to the expanse of nature that our gaze covers, is there a landscape outside of our comprehension? Faced with the strange presence of landscapes shaped entirely by humans, such as the Landes forest, can we still think of nature as something that escapes us and exceeds us? What is our relationship with our environment, which sometimes hinders our urban and economic development, but which has also always been an object of admiring contemplation?
The Exhibition Merci is an immersive proposal that questions our complex and contradictory relationship with nature, through a displacement of vegetal elements within the symbolic space of the Chartrons temple.
Using the psychological resonances of the temple – built in 1832 and abandoned for 30 years, also a symbol of the durability of Bordeaux architecture – the exhibition confronts them with this disruptive “event”: the introduction, sanctuarisation, and sacrifice of plants, whose slow transformation will be part of the show to be contemplated. The suspended time will become cyclical, sensual, imperceptible and multiple.
Through a series of juxtapositions of images using different media, perspective games and changes in spatial and temporal scales, a path both sensory and metaphysical prevents a single reading. Thus, the contradiction of this relationship is not presented as an opposition, but as the possibility of a balance, provided that we shift our perception on the environment.
Soon, the temple will open its doors.