AboutExhibtion Non-Stop, Matthieu Laurette's second show at Blow de la Barra is a year-long exhibition featuring the artist's most recent production. Constantly in transformation, Laurette's one year solo show will be presented at different times and will co-exist on and off-site in parallel to Blow de la Barra's programme. With Exhibition Non Stop, Laurette questions the traditional model of the solo show from a conceptual approach, as well as that of the operation of the commercial gallery and the relationship between artist, gallery and exhibition format.
The conceptualization of the exhibition as an ever changing and open-ended process as opposed to a static presentation lasting several weeks in which everything has been agreed beforehand, extends the role of the commercial gallery as a mere receptor and merchant of art works and attempts to rethink the traditional ways in which these spaces organize and present exhibitions. Introducing ideas of time, transformation, improvisation and non-conclusion within the exhibition practice, Exhibition Non Stop proposes the continuous presentation of Laurette's work allowing the audience to follow and engage with it in many different ways.
The exhibition will also offer a review of artistic works that have been influential to Laurette's practice. Contrary to recent artistic trends which revisit the work of conceptual and pop artists from the end of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s, Laurette's dry reactivation and appropriation of conceptual and pop strategies are seemingly devoid of any romanticism.
Laurette's one-year exhibition began on the 1st of January when he sent SMS texts from his mobile to curators, collectors, and friends with the message 'I AM STILL ALIVE. January 1, 2008, Matthieu Laurette', an update of On Kawara's telegrams of the 1970s.
For his first installation at Blow de la Barra's space, Laurette presents Certificate of Death and Will (2007), ten large scale canvases reproducing Andy Warhol's Certificate of Death and his last will, which were silkscreened by Laurette himself. In doing so, the artist questions ideas of authorship, artistic currency and heritage in relation to production, reproduction, meaning and reception of art, while continuing his research on the relationship existing between Art, Capital and Spectacle.
Andy Warhol's estate was estimated at $100 million. 'His will named Fred Hughes as sole executor and as president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the beneficiary of practically his entire fortune. There was a $250.000 bequest to Fred. Andy's brothers were to be given an amount no larger than $250.000, at the discretion of the executor. (') Ultimately they received $600.000, (') and signed waivers not to contest the will. John Warhola was named vice-president of the foundation and Vincent Fremont was named alternate executor of the estate and director of the foundation. Vincent wasn't left any money. Some insiders think that the money Fred was left was a repayment for his Bad investment. If true, that means that Andy didn't leave anybody anything.' Bob Colacello, Holy Terror, Cooper Square Press Edition, 2000, page 439.
Born in France in 1970, Matthieu Laurette currently lives and works in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited internationally in key exhibitions including Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); Populism, curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero and Nicholaus Schafhausen, in Vilnius, Oslo, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam (2005); Superstars: Celebrity Factor in Art from Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthalle & Kunstforum, Vienna (2005); Publicness, with Jens Haaning and Aleksandra Mir, ICA, London (2003); and the 49th Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann (2001). Some solo exhibitions include MNAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004) after winning the prestigious Prix Ricard for the most representative artist under 40 in the French scene; El Gran Trueque, Consonni, Bilbao (2000); and Applaus, Casco Projects, Utrecht (1998).