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.
Gabrielle Legall, originally from Bretagne, started in 2016 her brand Processus: minimal, small batch ready-to-wear that mixes the codes of streetwear and traditional elegance through the use of recycled parachutes and paragliders.
Under the title "Complément d’objets", Made in Town is exploring the field of design through the work of designers, architects, craftsmen, artists and furniture manufacturers, and focusing on the most distinctive features of designing, handcrafting or industrially manufacturing objects, furniture and accessories. The first edition highlights the work of wood and the various approaches that go along with it.
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.