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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº38 / JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL / GALERIE PERROTIN / PARIS

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s latest work “Oracles”, a set of sculptures made out of coloured glass and metal bricks at Galerie Perrotin, Paris.






ORACLES


“A space where free speech would be protected by the status of the artwork"

Jean-Michel Othoniel



 


Review by Zoltan Alexander



 


"Oracles" by Jean-Michel Othoniel at Galerie Perrotin / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA



If you are looking for the fast trip to Korea via the Japanese archipelago or to Agora and back in one day, the Galerie Perrotin offers a magic journey through his artists highlighting the works of Jean-Michel Othoniel, Otani Workshop and Kim Chong-Hak.


The journey begins with 82-year-old Korean artist Kim Chong-Hak on the ground floor, continues upstairs with Japanese artist Otani Workshop presenting “Tales of Awaji “ his ceramics made of Shigaraki clay, and the floor below with Jean-Michel Othoniel’s latest work “Oracles”, a set of sculptures made out of coloured glass and metal bricks.


The brick served them as stone and the bitumen served them as mortar. And they said, go, let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach heaven.” From Genesis to Herodotus, the Father of History, between history and myth, the Tower of Babel and its destruction have fired the imagination.


What remained of the symbolic link between heaven and earth? What happened to the bricks used to erect it? The questions are raised and they underlie Othoniel’s “Oracles” presented for the first time at Galerie Perrotin.