French Artist Eric Baudard Calls You to Question the Limits of Your Knowledge
Why We Recommend it
Through a set of sculptural works and paintings, the Paris-born artist explores the condition of going towards what one does not know without fully conquering it.
In his solo exhibition one, maybe two Parsecs, Eric Baudard (b. 1972) uses the scientific approach to discovery to address a process that involves the seeking of answers, which opens more questions. For instance, one may try to understand a face or a piece of music, contemplate it, yet never being able to completely solve it.
The exhibition, which balances between a sense of play and the serious, calls you to question your ideas on habits, values, economies, traditions and longevity, as well as what stands the tests of distance and time. Baudard’s sculptures and paintings are dotted throughout the gallery space as part of a constellation of individual discoveries.
A highlight is the sculpture ‘Stephen Hawking’ (2018). This artwork is composed of a functional yet contorted chair, a direct reference to the late physicist’s genius mind trapped inside an increasingly nonfunctional body. The sculpture serves as a reminder to not immediately judge upon appearances and the disparity, or lack thereof, between knowledge, function, aesthetics and beauty. ‘Stephen hawking’ also points to what outlasts us—thoughts, actions, minds—beyond what we immediately take, buy and use.