photo Marco Tassini
Here we are, face to face with this surprising parallelepiped telling us a story throughout the elements composing it. Using the cumulative technique, the visual and performing artist Alexandra Mas, embeds objects full of reason. They are writing, just like words, Vanitas Nostrum.
What can be more identifying and attaching than a fragrance? Yet, it evaporates with all the knowhow and the marvellous that it holds. In this same manner, sailing ships, dolls, mirrors, collection cars, pumps, accessories, laces… all this luxury…objects of our life nestling in this art work, aren’t they, ultimately, fleeting witnesses?
The composition is an oneiric voyage, allowing us to reflect on the ornaments we wear and the roles we are playing. Very direct, Alexandra Mas is showing throughout Sergio Boldrin’s masks, a whole human comedy of false pretences and emotional hideouts. We discovered it Place Vendome, Paris, in it’s embryonic state, kissed by the flowers from maison Lachaume.
the sculpture was selected in the Salon des Artistes Francais, during Art Capital Paris. Surrounded by living Lachaume flowers and whispers about vanity collected and recomposed by the artist - voice and co composition: Mike Altrin & Alexandra Mas
voices: Valerie Fert, Kandi Spindler, Sarah Olson, Peter Hopkins, Bernard Garo, Hugues Lechanoine, Marco Tassini
lower photos by
Christian Tarro Toma
lux (lat. the light)
Murano glass and gold foil sculpture
from the Aurore series
Artivism Biennale Venezia 2022 selection
represented by SHIM art network and HOHENTHAL UND BERGEN
Alexandra Mas, prolific artist, has built a career in France. What you will see here is but a tiny fraction of her work. Starting with the academic drawing, which she masters brilliantly, she traversed with bulimia a vast register of visual exploration which necessarily goes through photography and video to the most skilful digital manipulations of the image, performances or body art - work done with one's own body or that of others. The Aurore des Temps series, of which some works are exhibited, deliberately converts aestheticism into ecological activism. Beyond that, I like to see in the figures of actresses Aurore Tomé (the whole series is wearing her name) and Athule Mbekeni or her muse Alexandra Ramon y Ruiz (LUX sculpture) , strangely modified by their gold leaf garments, reminders of chryselephantine statues of antiquity. Like a new Midas king, the artist, who never ceases to seek an ideal of beauty, seems to turn everything she touches into gold, assuming the risks of reification. But the model's eye, even drowned in splendours and chromatic shifts, continues to watch, lively, confronting from conscious depths, the multiple layers of submission and the constraints insidiously imposed on the flesh, on the skin and on our bodies.
art critic Ioana VLASIU
sculpture - folded aluminium
At first it was folded papers, thrown into a corner of my studio in the Art Academy, things I rejected, hidden, secret. Later it has developed into folded canvases, then rigidified to finally appear Stipendium, a polychrome sculpture in 2013. (proposed by the Ticolas Show room as permanent curation ) From there the choice was clear, aluminium foil, light enough to be hand bent.
June 2017, Off Paris Hotel
July 2017 to January 2018 Saint James Hotel Bordeauxl
sculpture - folded aluminium
individual sculptures, folded aluminium, painted in detail with a resistant technic - bodywork. Ready to be standing or suspended.
here detail of the metal paint