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Merlin Carpenter news

Image: archive élastique

archive élastique

Merlin Carpenter
Centre d’art contemporain – la synagogue de Delme, Delme, France
24 October 2020 – 31 January 2021

Merlin Carpenter’s solo exhibition, archive élastique, takes as its point of departure the Synagogue de Delme’s location, the road running through the village, on which numerous trucks and wide loads circulate. As the Synagogue is located at the roadside, the artist had proposed to transform the exhibition space into a warehouse or archival storage space, in which one finds thousands of boxes, awaiting transportation. Right in front of the synagogue entrance is a forklift, parked and ready to load the pallets into lorries for hypothetical delivery. But since no forklift of this kind can enter the exhibition space, the vehicle is doomed to wait outside.

Image: FAKTURA (FOR A NERVOUS SPIRIT)

FAKTURA (FOR A NERVOUS SPIRIT)

Merlin Carpenter
Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia
4 September – 1 November 2020

Merlin Carpenter’s “Paint-It-Yourself” display is to be seen as a systematic production and delectation of the materiality of a surface liberated from representation. It suggests that the tension of the painting process is already present when all is on view are eight primed canvases and a box placed in the middle of the room full of ready-to-use oil paint tubes.