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Weapon. A Solo Exhibition by Benoît Maire (15 Mar – 11 May 2013)

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WEAPON is the first solo exhibition in a London institution by French artist Benoît Maire (b. 1978). Arising from his interest in philosophy and conceptual art, but nonetheless immensely formal, his work reveals him as an artist who has inherited as much from surrealism and minimalism as from Marcel Broodthaers and Joseph Beuys. This aspect of his practice is the focus of the current exhibition curated by DRAF’s director, Vincent Honoré, with assistant curator Nicoletta Lambertucci.

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Benoît’s work often involves collage and assemblage, forcing structures, references and materials into paradoxical but productive relationships. The original sources,  frequently borrowed from art history, are not crucial; what matters is to make cognitive structures collide and to find a wild and sensual rapport with theory and culture. Besides a discourse on theory as shape, Maire proposes a surprising relationship to freedom (of interpretation, at the very least) and thought as co-production.

This exhibition introduces a large group of new works: photographs, sculptures and videos, produced for London. The entire exhibition can be read as a cohesive assemblage of autonomous works , in which art becomes a sort of aesthetic terrorism. The exhibition revolves around two main motifs: vision and measuring devices as weapons.

Weapons are objects the artist creates as measuring tools. Objects become weapons either through performative actions captured on video, or through assemblage. By this translation, the object gains a new meaning and function: it becomes a weapon and takes on violent associations. As the artist explains: ‘I wear on my wrist a weapon that gives me time. In the bathroom, I stand on a weapon that says a weight. In my pocket, I have a multi-function weapon that gives me the next day’s weather and today’s price of gold and wakes me up when I need to. I have a weapon that destroys time, one that destroys my being, others that destroy the landscape, the market, and the dream.’ The measuring device thus disrupts and perverts our relation to the world. The question posed in WEAPON is, Are we losing or destroying our existential relationship to the world through our constant calculations of it?

DRAF, a museum remodelled as a laboratory, becomes itself a place for measurement, where a mirror can double space and a series of sculptures frame and re-frame it.

Benoît Maire has presented works at the Luma Foundation, Arles; I.C.A., London; Magasin, Grenoble; Tate Modern, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He has had solo exhibitions in numerous art centres in Europe. He is represented in London by Hollybush Gardens, in France by Cortex Athletico, and in Berlin by Croy Nielsen.

WEAPON was organized by DRAF, London, in collaboration with Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, and supported by Institut Français and Fluxus, with the participation of Chateau Citran and additional support from Cura Magazine and Mousse Magazine. Our media partner is Spike Magazine.

 

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  • Benoît Maire, Matthias 2, 2012.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
    1/24Benoît Maire, Matthias 2, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Matthias 2, 2012; 2 Tools, 2013; Marie, 2012. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    2/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Matthias 2, 2012; 2 Tools, 2013; Marie, 2012. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, Eye Or The War, 2012. 
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    3/24Benoit Maire, Eye Or The War, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, I.E. No1, 2012; Socrates, 2013; Marie, 2012; Conjugasion No 4: 18 January 2013, 2013.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    4/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, I.E. No1, 2012; Socrates, 2013; Marie, 2012; Conjugasion No 4: 18 January 2013, 2013. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation view. Image courtesy Andy Keate
    5/24Installation view. Image courtesy Andy Keate
  • Benoit Maire, Conjugasion No 4: 18 January 2013, 2013.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Andy Keate
    6/24Benoit Maire, Conjugasion No 4: 18 January 2013, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Andy Keate
  • Benoit Maire, Conjugasion No 4: 18 January 2013, 2013.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    7/24Benoit Maire, Conjugasion No 4: 18 January 2013, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Here, measurement is at fault, he says, 2012; Socrates, 2013;  I.E. No1, 2012.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    8/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Here, measurement is at fault, he says, 2012; Socrates, 2013; I.E. No1, 2012. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, Here, measurement is at fault, he says, 2012.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    9/24Benoit Maire, Here, measurement is at fault, he says, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, Untitled, 2012.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    10/24Benoit Maire, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, I.E. No1, 2012; 2 tools, 2013.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    11/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, I.E. No1, 2012; 2 tools, 2013. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, 2 tools, 2013; Untitled, 2013; Suspended weapons, 2013; Untitled, 2013; 2 tools, 2013.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    12/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, 2 tools, 2013; Untitled, 2013; Suspended weapons, 2013; Untitled, 2013; 2 tools, 2013. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, Untitled, 2012.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    13/24Benoit Maire, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, 2 tools, 2013; Untitled, 2013.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    14/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, 2 tools, 2013; Untitled, 2013. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013; Stalactite, 2012.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    15/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013; Stalactite, 2012. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013; Image courtesy Andy Keate
    16/24Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013; Image courtesy Andy Keate
  • Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    17/24Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013; 2 tools, 2013.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    18/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Suspended weapons, 2013; 2 tools, 2013. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Stalactite, 2012; Untitled, 2013; I.E. Rayograms, 2013.
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    19/24Installation View. From Left to Right: Benoit Maire, Stalactite, 2012; Untitled, 2013; I.E. Rayograms, 2013. Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, Stalactite, 2012. Image courtesy Andy Keate
    20/24Benoit Maire, Stalactite, 2012. Image courtesy Andy Keate
  • Benoit Maire, I.E. Rayograms, 2013.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    21/24Benoit Maire, I.E. Rayograms, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, I.E. Nº 4, 2013.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    22/24Benoit Maire, I.E. Nº 4, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
  • Benoit Maire, The Cave, 2013. Image courtesy Andy Keate
    23/24Benoit Maire, The Cave, 2013. Image courtesy Andy Keate
  • Benoit Maire, The cave, 2013.
Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux.
Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.
    24/24Benoit Maire, The cave, 2013. Courtesy the artist; Hollybush Gardens, London; Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux. Image courtesy Annalisa Sonzogni.