UBÏQ: A Mental Odyssey
October 13 – December 1, 2007
Reception for the artist: Saturday, October 13, 6 – 8 pm

314 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9404, fax (323) 782-9407
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Mathieu Briand

One should never go unprepared in terms of armament. This applies to one's own space ship or navigational machinery - one's own mind and body. Concerning the departure itself, one knows more or less everything about it, since it was carefully prepared. But what is to be expected ahead, is yet unknown. This odyssey is neither chosen nor wanted, nor is it inflicted. There it stands, unavoidable, like a pure evidence.            
-Mathieu Briand

DF2 gallery will unfold another chapter of the artist's visual, mental and perceptive "odyssey", a journey in time and space where reality and fiction will echo each other, or perhaps seem forever at odds with one another. Scrutinizing the interweaving of life experience and its imprint on the imagination, Briand fathoms the quality of today's world, whose reality is confined in the naming of it alone. It is obvious that when confronted by each other, neither life nor imagination has the upper hand. What we consider to be real is the constant intertwining of both.

For this purpose, the artist has referenced parts of the visual language of Stanley Kubrick's cult film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick's recurring associations create an idiosyncratic, aesthetic vocabulary, which blends the whole. The influence of the film is here expressed in the radical reversal of the passage of time. The appropriate word to describe Mathieu Briand's project is "manipulation". Acting as prestidigitator, Briand leads us into his private world, a world made of personal references, either experienced or imagined. To this end, the artist's peculiar aesthetic blends material objects and visual events alike. Briand's references are brought together and distanced again. In the illusionist perspective thus created, another world emerges - at once foreign, yet strangely familiar - with multiple entrances and paths. While questioning and even dissecting a certain number of elements, Briand attempts to lead the viewer to find a way of his or her own, paving the way with compulsory questions about the presented surroundings. The resulting state of disorientation necessarily requires the unraveling of threads: the threads of one's own perception of the world and the threads of one's own history.
Briand has exhibited extensively, including installations at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London, Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, MIT Cambridge, Massachusetts, Red Cat, Los Angeles, Istanbul Biennale, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, SITE Santa Fe, Art Basel 38 Unlimited. Briand lives and works in Paris, France.

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