ANNE and PATRICK POIRIER
« On Extreme Fragility »
(Homage to Blaschka)
Neon and Murano Glass (Pièce Unique)
November 29th January 10th 2004
"In 1978 we undertook our first homage to Blaschka, the Bohemian master glass-blower charged by a 19th Century botanist to reproduce, in the form of glass models, the entire flora of North America. Blaschka never actually set foot in America. He worked off specimens sent him from there, and ferried back by him to that place of origin as models of an astounding fragility, in packagings of his own making, themselves, in their own right, masterpieces. He devoted his entire life to this immense enterprise, which ended up needing to be, in any case, completed by his son. This utterly rare glass botanical collection is housed, today, at The Harvard University Art Museums, where an entire floor is dedicated to it. The glass objects are themselves displayed in glass cases, which combination further accentuates the feeling of extraordinary fragility the whole enterprise emanates and explores. A number of them are slightly chipped, or broken, and the simple caption :
Model broken by vibrations
subsumes this condition. At the core of our interest in this project, whatever form it may appear in, is the notion of FRAGILITY :
THE FRAGILITY OF MEMORY
THE FRAGILITY OF NATURE
THE FRAGILITY OF CULTURE
THE FRAGILITY OF SPIRIT
THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE
At any given moment, in any given life, all can be jostled, shattered, made to disappear. History, as well as our personal histories, cruelly evidence these truths at every turn. How explore, how report or represent such fragility ? What else should we be doing, now, in the midst of such cosmic fragility ? The fight is hopeless, in many ways, and yet one must continue at all cost".
Anne et Patrick POIRIER
The Pièce Unique Gallery, in its space in rue Jacques Callot, will place an as yet unseen work by Anne and Patrick Poirier a glass blown in Murano on display. A series of other works, inspired by the same simple, moving and urgent obsession, will be on view at Pièce Unique Variations, rue Mazarine.