NIM: At the Jesuit church, Jennifer Cobbett takes the place without organizing it

The artist Jennifer Cobbet was invited to the École supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes to work with students which led to an exhibition.

With her sculptures, artist Jennifer Cobbett wishes to “redesign spaces that welcome them.” As part of her work with students from the École des Beaux-Arts of Nîmes after the “Spatial Experiences and Ideas” seminar, she presented the exhibition “In the Reserve” at the Jesuit Church.

The venues are imposing theatrical architecture. Jennifer Cobbett chooses simplicity. In natural light, it only offers a few representative pieces. “It is not a theatrical performance, it is a dwelling,” defines the artist, who presents in the first alcoves works that may or may not be deployed in space.

With “EAT (Temporary Autonomous Space)”, a piece made when Beaux-Arts left and acquired by the Fracque family in Marseille, I made a set of aluminum telescopic props. But the work itself can appear assembled or disassembled, as can its activation. In contrast, the letter “O” appears as a solid piece of black metal laid on the ground. Inside, arrows can be shot at the walls drawing a cobweb with their threads or they can be kept locked in this enormous and dark quiver.

IQ tool

In the center of the church, “space becomes the rule.” Jennifer Cubitt presents several pieces from her recent “Reflection” series. She worked around the issue of “the need to rebuild the land,” with statues evoking the tools of plowing and a cantilevered system evocative of potential overturning. The work intersects several questions for the artist who is particularly interested in the concept of a tool “that connects the body and the idea, and traces the intelligence that makes a solution possible”.

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At the heart of his work is also a form of fragility and danger. EAT props will collapse if they have weight. “O” contains possible weapons. The ‘reflex’ discs are crossed with sharp parts and the cantilever system always looks unstable. In the chorus, this metaphor of the world continues with “Pluging Rhizome,” a piece acquired by the Lafayette Anticipations collection. Connected by steel cables, two rods of brutal concrete fit together to draw a line in space, “fragile as glass,” revealing “the void it creates around itself.”

until February 8th. From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chapel of the Jesuits, 17 Grande Rue, Nîmes. free entry. 04 30 06 12 00.

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