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The Pacific is my home ocean.

An event inspired by the Pacific ocean at the home of gallerist Carole Decombe, Pacific Palisades.
Photographs by Alexandra Hedison
Song by Vera Sola
Reading by Mira Gonzalez
Performance by Dynasty Handbag

 

Where is Rocky II?

Premiere and party for Where is Rocky II?, a film directed by Pierre Bismuth, produced by Gregoire Gensollen, screened at Lacma, Los Angeles

 

Moving Mountains.


Hip hop Buddhist event
Home of Maryanne and David Jones, Calabasas

 

Museum of Destiny.

Visitors picked up with a Chevy 54.
An experiment was created for each visitor of the museum.

 

Past Lives.

Booklet about past lives project by writer and director Mike White and painters Ali and Sam Demke.
Graphic design: The object, Seoul.

>>> the book

Past Lives in the New York Times

 

Collective Fictions, Palais de Tokyo.

A team of international curators share their perspectives about South American artists and Arte Sure, project created by Albertine de Galbert.
Co-Curated with Andrew Berardini, Jesse McKee, Anca Rujoiu 

 

12 French Women.

Event to honor writer Laure Murat and her book about Los Angeles: “ceci n’est pas une ville”.
Dinner commissioned by gallerist Carole Decombe.


Diagonal Argument.
Argument de la diagonale.

Group exhibition for "those who like gardens of forking paths" with a focus on methodology in art and science for Betonsalon, an art center located inside the university Paris VII, involving researchers from the Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, Paris 7.

 

Better being catching a cold rather than being a virus.
Mieux vaut être un virus que tomber malade.


Group exhibition about artists strategies to infiltrate the economic and social system to express an idea or have an impact.

 

Artist Thomas Hirschhorn.

About Deleuze Monument to launch new visual art program at Mains d’Oeuvres.

 

Artist Residency.

Artists Pauline Bastard and Ivan Argote in residency at Mains d’Oeuvres produced a sauna in which guests watched videos.

 

Navid Nuur.

At Mains d’Oeuvres for a talk at Star Trek.

 

Thunderball.
Opération Tonnerre.

 

In the shadow of the "Force de l’art" that examined the French art scene, an explosive exhibition curated with United Artists, including thirty international young artists.
Mains d’Oeuvres, 2009.
Fabienne Audéoud, John Russell and Wayne Lloyd. Twenty women play the drums topless.

 

Geneva Jacuzzi.

Performance by singer Geneva Jacuzzi - After party at the home of gallerist Carole Decombe, Hancock Park, Los Angeles.

 

Henry Taylor.

Studio visit.

 

Destiny, the B’s, Anne Barrault gallery.

Exhibition with artists name starts by B.
Part of Nouvelles Vagues, award for young curators initiated by Palais de Tokyo.

Although A’s have played a crucial role in her life, curator Isabelle Le Normand gradually noticed the importance of people with the last name of B. Her stable of artists always included Baghriche, Bastard, Berthier, Blais, Blanc, Blazy, Boulard, and so on.
Life is strange, full of personal superstitions, feelings not discussed which seem irrelevant, irrational, purposeless, odd and not serious.
She started to wonder why B—why not L, for example? L was a perfectly straight and respectable letter. So one night Isabelle scheduled meetings only with L’s, but there was nothing—she stopped trying to force it, she learned to trust her instincts: There was de nitely something about B’s; it was part of her destiny. Isabelle’s show celebrates her story with B’s and the artists who use destiny as a material for art. In the B-side of life, there is freedom, risk-taking, the B-movie is never pretentious, and this is what Isabelle loves in art. Something accessible but also beyond, a discovery that makes us believe in what’s beautiful. Art made her life better, it’s true she still believed. Berthier noticed the B pattern, and joked that it was an important criteria. He is now in her show with a series of drawings about everyday miracles.
He represents the first generation welcoming a second generation of B’s. Artists who search for serendipity, expect unexpected encounters, and create art that gracefully transcends the anecdotal whileholding strong to the power of real life.
This past year Isabelle lived in Paris at the Cité des Arts, an international residency where the artists in the show have all lived (Berthier is the exception, a reward for solving the riddle). She found an old list of former residents of the Cité and sent an email to an excited Icelandic writer in love with art who never expected to be included in this project. «Dear Baldursdóttir, your name begins with B., do you believe in destiny?» She invited Beckers because his videos are about coping with uncontrollable events in life that affect us and those we love. Other artists she met or already knew: Boutros uncovers hidden messages of love in grocery receipts; Bezu transforms Star Wars advertisements into precious crystallized objects; Broisat travels to Japan in search of an ordinary baseball rst discovered in the background of a newspaper photograph. Bernad takes pictures while kissing her in front of art (she met him on a bus her first time travelling in Los Angeles and he searched the city for two days before meeting again in a museum). Each searches the world for something they need without understanding why. Likewise, Isabelle creates exhibitions intuitively, passionately, a bit crazily.
But it’s important to be inclusive, since everyone has a B-side, a B-movie, a B-philosophy in life. Pauline Curnier Jardin, an honorary B, is collaborating in the show with her baby, Balthazar.
Because everyone who believes can be a B.

Jon Bernad

 

La Famille Farrell.
The Farrell Family.

Exhibition in which three brothers who are artists worked together.
Seamus, Malachi and Liam imagined the exhibition space as an airport environment with a "takeoff" at Mains d’Oeuvres and a
"landing" at Maison Pop.

 

Lucky Dragons at the Home of Danny First, Los Angeles.

 


 

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