December 7, 2012 - January 9, 2013
Tuesday - Saturday
02:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Thursday, December 9, 2012
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
in the presence of the artist
Made in Town
Made in Town presents a reflection on the ambiguity between original artwork and serial manufacture or reproduction.
Commissioned by artist Philippe Terrier-Hermann after one of his original sculptures, these "chinoiseries" are a series production Made in China. Cloned yet partially handmade, each piece testifies to the fragility of the border between hand and industry,
In 2000, Philippe Terrier-Hermann sent a "japonaiserie" – a green pea in enameled handmade ceramic – to be produced in 2000 examples by a factory usually manufacturing Chinese garden gnomes. After a long trip in cargo from Hong Kong to Le Havre, they were christened with pomp in 2001 in the basin of the Mies Van Der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona, a temple of modern good taste. Since then, they have traveled and found various owners who decide to adopt them for a price that varies according to supply and demand.
The names of the many co-proprietors are kept in a registry, appearing according to a scale matching the significance of their portion of ownership. In this process, Philippe Terrier-Hermann proposes a democratization of "the work of art" and employs the principles of "new economy": delocalization, presentation within a context of prestige, strong brand imaging, VIP events, the use of models, the valorization of the purchasers, and market speculation.
From the rigor of a background in accountancy to the hardness of the slate, the frontier is very thin for Benoît Delmé, who ha. s converted his passion for this uncommon rock into a sustainable craft deeply rooted in the territory of the Montagne Noire, in Dourgnes.
Made in Town presents La Loi des Séries (limitées) which assembles a selection of objects, accessories and clothes – unique or numbered pieces – produced by artisans, artists and designers.
In order to promote the know-how and the characteristics of La Rochère glass factory, located in Passavant-la-Rochère in the French department of Haute-Saône, Made in Town conducted a series of six video interviews of French and European designers, who have integrated the know-how of the glass factory into their creations. Each in their own way, they mastered glass.