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© Gilles Pourtier / Villa Arson Nice

© Gilles Pourtier / Villa Arson Nice

© Gilles Pourtier / Villa Arson Nice

© Gilles Pourtier / Villa Arson Nice

© Gilles Pourtier / Villa Arson Nice

Camille Lavaud - 2016

Zébra3 & Lieu-Commun present

SOUTH SPIRIT

An artistic Road Trip Bordeaux - Toulouse - Nice aboard the "Collector"

on the occasion of RUN, RUN, RUN - The 20 years of La Station at Villa Arson, Nice

from October 2 to December 30, 2016
opening Saturday October 1st at 6 p.m.

Zébra3 created in 1993 in Bordeaux by young artists from the Fine Arts.
La Station, founded in 1996 in Nice by former students of Villa Arson.
Lieu-Commun / ALaPlage started in 1997 in Toulouse, driven by a group of young artists from different art schools.
They began to correspond, first by post, then very quickly by email from the end of the 90s. At the beginning of the 2000s, these were the first collaborations. Since then, this southern axis has materialized several times through exhibitions, exchanges, co-productions, residences, and even weddings!
For its 20th anniversary, La Station invites to the Villa Arson, Zébra3 and Lieu-Commun to propose a project together.
This is how “Le Collectionneur” was born, a super cool motorhome, which despite its purely eighties pedigree is the vehicle for contemporary creation.
This nasturtium, placed on a Toyota pick-up, will link Bordeaux to Nice, passing through Toulouse, Sète, Montpellier and Marseille to collect the works of around thirty artists.
Arrived in Nice "Le Collectionneur", will deploy its display in the square gallery of the Villa Arson, to present the exhibition "SOUTH SPIRIT"! From the roaming to the exhibition, the device reflects in a romanticized way the reality of French "Artist run spaces". Despite their experience and their networks, these unlabeled places remain fragile while taking on the arduous role of supporting artists, whether they are freshly graduated, emerging or confirmed. Productions, residencies, exhibitions follow one another at the frantic pace of the emergency without ever reaching a stable situation. The "SOUTH SPIRIT" exhibition reflects this conquering precariousness!

In and around the "Collector" are presented works that build a strange and bucolic scene. The Toyota camper van, now a work of art, sits in a clearing. Here it is a precarious bivouac, a rallying point for a tribe with strange habits. Here and there, as in an episode of the "X-Files" series, antennas sprout, they look at the sky in anticipation of signals from elsewhere. Our art Romanichels tinker with new tools to discover the shapes of tomorrow. Invention is their daily life and perseverance can be exhausting in the long run. This is why they sometimes move away from their reality to pick up abstract signals that they relay with conviction and poetry. "SOUTH SPIRIT" is the reflection of their activity of "artist run space", an operative exhibition where the curatorial stakes are presented in a playful way, staged in a metaphor of the complex reality of these fragile places with sometimes esoteric functioning for some. . It is precisely this unique and original dimension that we would like to present to you and to preserve a kind of "Spirit" which, if it is not spiritual, is nonetheless metaphysical, a kind of love of art!

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Manuel Pomar

With the works of (non-exhaustive list):
Benjamin Artola, Damien Aspe, BGL, Clédat & Petitpierre, Pierre Clément, Nicolas Daubanes, Jean Denant, Estelle Deschamp, Antoine Dorotte, Rémi Groussin, Cyril Hatt, Hippolythe Hentgen, ÎLEMERFROID, Implémentation, Jérémy Lacombe, Camille Lavaud, Laurent Le Deunff, Nicolas Milhé, Anita Molinéro, Julien Nédélec, Laurent Perbos, Marianne Plo, Manuel Pomar, Guillaume Poulain, Frédéric Pradeau, Sylvie Réno, Béatrice Utrilla, WeAreThePainters, Winshluss ...
and also Alexandra Guillot, Vivien Roubaud, Stéphane Steiner, Cédric Teisseire…

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Open everyday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except Tuesday)
Free entrance

VILLA ARSON
20 avenue stephen liégeard
06105 Nice cedex
Phone. +33 (0) 4 92 07 73 73
servicedespublics@villa-arson.org
www.villa-arson.org

www.lieu-commun.com

www.lastation.org

Run, Run, Run - The 20 years of La Station

From October 2 to December 30, 2016 - Villa Arson, Nice

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RUN, RUN, RUN, an exhibition around the notion of artist-run space, designed by around twenty European structures and over sixty artists, transforming the Villa Arson into a vast site of creation and experimentation. Project carried out on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of La Station (Nice).


Based in Nice, La Station is an artist-run space, i.e. a production and exhibition space founded and managed by artists (http://www.artist-run-spaces.org/) . These are places which, for the most part, allow artists' studios and exhibition spaces to coexist, but also mediation activities intended for all audiences. They are strongly registered in the local territory, while developing programs of an international dimension. Their scope is as much aesthetic as social.
The Station is now 20 years old. It has seen about forty resident artists, currently twelve, who take care of keeping the structure alive on a daily basis, managing its administration, proposing artistic projects, welcoming the public, ensuring the assemblies, the dismantling ... Everyone, in their own way and on their own scale, has contributed and still contributes to the development of the association. Everyone also has their own vision, their own interpretation of their passage through the structure. The Station is today the sum of these individual and familiar stories. Like most artist-run spaces, it is a plastic structure, deformable and modular, sometimes anarchic, always alive, voluntary, resistant.
For its 20th anniversary, La Station is invited to exhibit at Villa Arson, where most of its residents are trained. So back to basics, but also recognition by the institution of its action during all these years. Faced with the symbolic significance of this invitation, it wished to remain faithful to its founding principles. She thus asked some of her current or past residents to invite other artist-run spaces to participate in this adventure. More than an invitation, artists are offered to work together, to invent collaborations or original production methods. About twenty structures and more than sixty artists are involved in this networking project.

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Most of the works will be produced for the exhibition. From the end of summer 2016, the Villa Arson welcomes artists in the form of residencies during which all can work on the realization of their works. They will be able to benefit from individual or technical workshops, transforming the establishment into a vast creative project.

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RUN, RUN, RUN, with an evocative title that embodies the spirit of endurance as much as that of the Velvet Underground (eponymous song written by Lou Reed in 1967), is therefore built as an open and plural exhibition, thought and conceived by artists , complex and experimental, but in any case deliberately determined to reflect the generous and transversal spirit of artist-run spaces. The plurality and diversity of practices in no way prevent “doing together”, the sharing of work and production. It is neither a subjective vision of art, nor an alternative posture, but indeed a pragmatic vision of the world, at least of what it should be.


List of invited structures (in progress): LM (Paris), CAN (Neuchâtel), LIEU COMMUN (Toulouse), CULTURAL ENTERPRISE (Paris), EXPERIMENTAL WORKSHOP (Clans), MACUMBA NIGHT CLUB ÉDITIONS (Paris), SNAP (Lyon), DAC (Dolceacqua), BF15 (Lyon), LE BON ACCUEIL (Rennes), WONDER (Paris), ZEBRA3 (Bordeaux), NUMBER 13 (Brussels), CLOVIS XV (Brussels), TANK ART SPACE (Marseille), RED DISTRICT (Marseille) ), PALAIS DES PARIS (Tokyo), MINDSCAPE UNIVERSE (Berlin, Paris), L'ESPACE D'EN BAS (Paris), FONDATION RENÉ D'AZUR (Nice) ...

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Download the press release

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