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Philippe Parreno – Invisibleboy, 2020

Photos © Andrea Rossetti

Philippe Parreno
Invisibleboy, 2020 (full set)
Duratrans transparency in lightbox
21 x 27,5 cm each, 7 parts (transparency), 24 x 30,5 x 4 cm each, 7 parts (lightbox)
Unique in a series of 5 variations plus 1 artist's proof
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Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

"Invisibleboy is a contemporary superhero produced by the city today."
— Philippe Parreno

Invisibleboy, 2020 consists of seven light boxes, all featuring a still taken from Philippe Parreno's film Invisibleboy, 2010–2015, that has been enlarged and printed on a Duratrans transparency, mounted in a light box.

Invisibleboy portrays the world of a Chinese child immigrant in New York's Chinatown. The narrow streets and cramped spaces in which the local community lives are populated by monstrous imaginary figures. In Invisibleboy, reality and fiction overlap: monsters creep into the images of the urban fabric and city life, taking on alien forms. Scratched directly into the film stock, these monsters spring to life out of its frames. Parreno tries to give an image to people generally described as "invisible," who fall outside of any legal framework.

For this new series of light boxes, the artist has delicately scratched the transparencies to add texture and presence to the existing monstrous figures of the film. Each image features a different creature, named by the artist: in this case, The Hanger.

The work is unique in a series of five variations. Every variation is customized by the artist with unique hand-scratches.
Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

Propaganda Rabbits, 2020

Duratrans transparency in lightbox
21 x 27,5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 7/8 in) (transparency)
24 x 30,5 x 4 cm (9 1/2 x 12 1/8 x 1 5/8 in) (lightbox)
Unique in a series of 5 variations plus 1 artist's proof

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

The Hanger, 2020

Duratrans transparency in lightbox
21 x 27,5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 7/8 in) (transparency)
24 x 30,5 x 4 cm (9 1/2 x 12 1/8 x 1 5/8 in) (lightbox)
Unique in a series of 5 variations plus 1 artist's proof

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

The Puddle, 2020

Duratrans transparency in lightbox
21 x 27,5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 7/8 in) (transparency)
24 x 30,5 x 4 cm (9 1/2 x 12 1/8 x 1 5/8 in) (lightbox)
Unique in a series of 5 variations plus 1 artist's proof

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

The Shadow Caster, 2020

Duratrans transparency in lightbox
21 x 27,5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 7/8 in) (transparency)
24 x 30,5 x 4 cm (9 1/2 x 12 1/8 x 1 5/8 in) (lightbox)
Unique in a series of 5 variations plus 1 artist's proof

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Philippe Parreno radically redefined the exhibition experience by taking it as a medium, placing its construction at the heart of his process. Exploring the possibilities of the exhibition as a coherent "object" rather than as a collection of individual works, it becomes a veritable open space, a format that differs on each occasion, and a frame for things to appear and disappear.<br><br>Recent exhibitions and projects include: <b>Echo</b>, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019–ongoing); <b>A Manifestation of Objects</b>, WATARI-UM, Tokyo (2019-20); <b>Elsewhen</b>, Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Venice (2019); <b>Philippe Parreno</b>, Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018);  <b>La Levadura y El Anfitrión</b>, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2017); <b>Synchronicity</b>, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2017); <b>A Time Coloured Space</b>, The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2017).<br>

Philippe Parreno radically redefined the exhibition experience by taking it as a medium, placing its construction at the heart of his process. Exploring the possibilities of the exhibition as a coherent "object" rather than as a collection of individual works, it becomes a veritable open space, a format that differs on each occasion, and a frame for things to appear and disappear.

Recent exhibitions and projects include: Echo, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019–ongoing); A Manifestation of Objects, WATARI-UM, Tokyo (2019-20); Elsewhen, Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Venice (2019); Philippe Parreno, Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018); La Levadura y El Anfitrión, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2017); Synchronicity, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2017); A Time Coloured Space, The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2017).


Photo © Ola Rindal

 

The Reading Corner with Philippe Parreno

<b>Philippe Parreno</b><br>

Philippe Parreno

FILMS 1987–2010
Serpentine Gallery & Koenig Books, 2010
English

Available here

<b>Philippe Parreno</b><br>

Philippe Parreno

H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS / HYPOTHESIS
Mousse Publishing, 2017
English

Available here


<b>Philippe Parreno<br></b>Gropius Bau Sommer 2018<br>Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2018<br>

Philippe Parreno
Gropius Bau Sommer 2018
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2018

English/German

Available here

 
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