Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
October 19 - November 5, 2011
Opening: October 18, 2011 / 4 - 11 pm
dukan hourdequin gallery is pleased to present Colorless green ideas sleep furiously, a group exhibition including about ten artists with hybrid, syncretic, psycho-plastic practices: Emmanuel Barcilon, Josef Bolf, Folkert de Jong, Nicholas Di Genova, Bayrol Jimenez, Olivier Masmonteil, Yigal Ozeri, Alicia Paz, Narcisse Tordoir, Craig Wylie.
« Colorless green ideas sleep furiously » is a sentence composed in 1957 by Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher. In Syntactic Structures, he uses it as an example of a sentence that has never been spoken before, syntactically correct but semantically nonsensical.
Meaningless at first sight, this haiku echoes the current chaos and is not only grammatically correct. The liberty that confers language enables to create concepts which grasp the real better than analyzing it. The oxymoron gives free rein to the thought and as silence can be eloquent, ideas can be green, green without color and sleep, but furiously! As poetry springs up with images, this exhibition tends to stimulate our poetic, metaphorical and hallucinatory abilities: the mind is always at the origin of the meaning.
Ok, here are some studio shots to end the post. The spacing and text is getting all weird on here and I don't know how to fix it, so I will end soon...
A few pieces in progress with my crappy camera phone:
The little table beside my drafting table:
I like the title of this book:
I got an autographed photo of my hero, David Attenborough:
My crappy bedroom, which becomes my not-so-bad studio during the day. At the end of June I moved back into the studio for the first time in about 18 months, it's not the best living arrangement, but it looks like I'll be moving into Team Macho's for the third time in November, it should be fun and disgusting at the same time. My studio mates will be happy not to have to face me half asleep in my underwear every morning.