Alice Guittard

Alice Guittard

Transvestite fables

 

“It’s not the way you said what you said, it’s the look you had while you were saying it…” Alice Guittard’s sentences sometimes sound like a line from Jean-Pierre Léaud, sometimes like a prerogative straight out of a physics textbook: “It is necessary to disregard the center by focusing on everything else. “It is between these two extremes that the artist produces a kind of “pataphysical literature”, combining the exploration of language with that of hostile landscapes, preferring imaginary solutions to tangible results, and his crossroads to the roads he has laid out.

 

It is with Tom Bulbex (a fictional character imagined from a slip of the tongue that she makes while still a student at the Villa Arson, confusing him with the guest artist, Alain Bublex) that she sets out in search of the “nodal point” – “the country where the vocal cords of dogs are cut to avoid avalanches”, a totally silent zone at the crossroads of three mountains. In the course of the symbolically authentic non-Euclidian Transalpine Quest edition, produced in 2012, she accumulates the elements of the survey that are supposed to prove the existence of the place: geographical coordinates and mathematical data, analogies of mountain shapes, scientific instruments for measuring the es- pace-time, maps. The reading of this initiatory narrative, nestled between Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain and René Daumal’s unfinished novel The Analogous Mount, is entrusted to a man who stutters…

 

Sounding out the editorial space and the limits of language, she edits a trilogy based on the protocol of a chain reaction of translations. Each element of composition of the original book of a Romanian poet who committed suicide (she tells us) – title, author, logo, prize, ISBN, etc. – is knowingly replicated and affixed with its synonym. By subjecting the entire text to the same process, she makes the words slide and capsizes the meaning. So much so that one ends up pouring into texts with stumbling sono- rities, diffracted syntaxes on the page, and increasingly pleasing poetic inventions. Alice Guittard literally likes not to know where she sets foot. This is surely why she goes to Iceland, a land that seems very foreign to her; it is also why she films herself from afar climbing the volcano of Anarnarstapi – the same volcano described by Jules Verne – or crossing a icy lake – renouncing at the last minute to plant on the island opposite her flower brought back from Nice. All these derisory quests lead us to consider his warnings at the beginning of the work sparingly: “despite certain appearances, it is necessary to treat this work with gravity”. To the expected exploit of the performance, it responds to the fragility of its drifts. When she makes the tour of Iceland, it is by hitch-hiking with a sign “it doesn’t matter”.

 

Mathilde Villeneuve

Born in 1986 in Nice, lives and works in Paris.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019
In Ruins, Parco Scolacium, Catanzaro Lido, Italie

 

2018
SAGA II, Double V Gallery,  com. Nicolas Veidig-Favarel,  Marseille
Portrait de l’artiste en jeune femme, La Halle, Pont-en-Royans
Nos armes, Galerie Perpitch & Bringuand, Paris
La mémoire et la mer, ENTRE I DEUX, Nice
Espaces Témoins, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris
L’art de la Forme, Parcours Saint Germain, Boutique Longchamp, Paris
Objet de tendresse, Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris,
Shelves Hanger Desk, Le Cœur, Paris

 

2017
En forme de Vertiges, Bourse Révélations EMERIGE, com. Gaël Charbau, Paris
L’Institut d’Esthétique, com. H Grenet, E. Degorce-Dumas, V. Voillat,  Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Surface sans cible, com. Anaïd Demir, #22VISCONTI, Paris
SAGA, Double V Gallery, com. Nicolas Veidig-Favarel, Marseille
Les secrets du Docteur F., Under construction, com. Théo-Mario Coppola, Paris
Art-o-rama, show room, com. Gaël Charbau, Marseille
Inventeurs d’aventures, com. Gaël Charbau, Marseille
Émulsions, Galerie Arnaud Deschin, com. Alexandre Quoi, Paris

 

 

2016
Immersions, Cité Internationale des Arts, com. J.C. Arcos, Paris
Impressions d’ateliers, CIAC, Carros
Photographic Study, Jogging, Marseille

 

2015
biblioteca, Under Construction Gallery, com. Katarina Stella, Paris
Tribu, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice
O.V.N.I., Musée Masséna & Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice
Meet me on the beach, La Couleuvre, Saint-Ouen
Blam Baoum Ballade, MDAC, Cagnes s/mer
Parti(e) du paysage, Galerie Simon Cau, Montrouge
Xochimilco, Oaxaca, MX
À une année lumière, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice
Éditions, Espace à Vendre, Nice

 

2014
Au Pays des Enchantements, Galerie de La Marine, Nice
HBP, La GAD, com. Chloé Curci, Marseille
Minimenta, Galerie Bertand Baraudou, Paris
En Suspens, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice
59ème Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge

 

2013
Magie Noire #1,  Yoyo, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Dupinpopupstore #2, Galerie Dupin, Reykjavik, Paris
Dupinpopupstore #1, Galerie Dupin, Reykjavik, Paris
Des corps compétents, Galerie Carrée, Villa Arson I Nice
Le sens de la vague, Galerie de la Marine, Nice

 

 

2012
Dialogue, Reykjavik, Islande
Banana spleen, Hemmi og Valdi, Reykjavik, Islande
Útrýmingarsala, Kaffistofan, Reykjavik, Islande
Komumaður spyr hvort eg vaki, cur. Unnar Örn Auðarson, Útúrdúr, Reykjavik, Islande
Halarófa Gjörningar, Reykjavik, Islande

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2019
Villa Pisani, Biennale de Venise, Italie
Puisque rien ne dure, vraiment
Galerie The Pill, Istanbul, Turquie
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, La Havane, Cuba

2018
Atrocement réel, Cité des Arts, Paris

 

OTHERS

 

2011

Réalisation des décors des Droits de l’Enfant à l’Auditorium Rainier III à Monaco Membre de l’Orchestre Inharmonique de Nice, projet de Gauthier Tassard

Réalisation du visuel pour la journée portes ouvertes de la Villa Arson Participation au projet sonore du Printemps des Arts avec Pascal Broccolichi

 

2010

Participation au projet de lecture performance Comment faire un bloc ? (Joris Lacoste) avec Emmanuel Lecomte Co-présidente de l’association EVA (Étudiants Villa Arson)

Réalisation du visuel pour la journée portes ouvertes de la Villa Arson Administratrice du blog d’esthétique Troublant Noir http://troublantnoir.tumblr.com/ Réalisation de performances The Nice Choir avec A Constructed World à la Biennale

de Belleville) Membre de The Nice Choir, réalisation de performances pour l’exposition DOUBLE BIND : ARRÊTEZ D’ESSAYER DE ME COMPRENDRE ! à la Villa Arson

 

2009

Assistante-Scénographe sur Macbeth mis en scène par Frédéric De Goldfiem au Théâtre National de Nice

Née en 1986 à Nice, vit et travaille à Paris.

 

crypte1-resized

Alice Guittard, “Crypte #1“, 2014, variable dimensions, mixed technique

 Alice Guittard n° 5385 [En panne] 2014 Néon

Alice Guittard, “En panne“, 2014, Neon

Alice Guittard n° 5384 [Occupation optimale (mais partielle) du...] 2014 Edition, exemplaire unique10 feuilles 42 x 29,7 cm

Alice Guittard, “Occupation optimale (mais partielle) du Mont Chauve”, 2014 Edition, single copy 10 sheets 42 x 29.7 cm

Personal website :

http://aliceguittard.com/