- Raoul Marek
The exhibition is curated by Michel Ritter
The work presented at Fri-art by Raoul Marek operates a fusion between space, formed by heteroclite objects, and the spectator.
In the form of environment, the artist proposes his last research on the human entendement, like the opening, which positions man’s choice in a world that conditions it. Between other exposed works, the artist proposes Close Finish – in other words ex aequo – a race of dogs drawn from televised images. Game and competition are used in the work of Raoul Marek for their analogy with the dashes of man who struggles in the everyday life. There is an engagement, rules and especially the possibility of a victory.
Raoul Marek takes objects from our common experiences to provoke the “ritual values” which are inherent to them: a bench is a seat, but it is also the possibility of withdrawal favourable to meditation and concentration; a red cord is a barrier which supposes a feeling of respect.
The objects, drawn from the “catalogue of our culture”, amplify the evocative effects when they reorganize out of their usual context. The artist puts in scene the spectator, conferring a privileged role to him since it is around him that the choice of a participation concentrates, just like the exit of the event.