Constanza's "Light I" and the Art of the Press Release




“Light I,” by Constanza, will run for one night only, with an opening reception Friday, September 14th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Material Art Space.

Constanza is Guillaume and Judith, husband and wife, who began an art club in Paris, France. This is their statement from the press release regarding the exhibition:

“We have traveled to New York, and lived in Florida, and now Arkansas. Our art is a personal digestion of objects and ideas found in our different surroundings. The imagination is the real value. We are selling a piece of our imagination, our story, shaman studies, pie voleuse, art pauvre, art random, metapsy, metaxy, love and freedom.”

They go on to say: “To us this show is modesty. The candle holder is a place you can go to pray.  It is like an altar.  The altar is the visual link of somebody praying.  We accept the found objects and put them in the light with a lot of simplicity.  Our way of living with the light inside us.”

This is one of the most interesting statements and press releases I have ever read and I have no idea what it means.

I think I should. I am the arts writer for the Memphis Flyer. I have an MFA. I know big, sixty-four thousand dollar words like "reify" and "fortuitous." I really have no idea what to expect from this exhibition.

What I do know is that the couple met in Paris, moved to NYC, and now reside in Arkansas. For those of you who do not know me, I am from Arkansas, they are my people. Anyone that decides to move and live in Arkansas is okay by me. I also know Judith Stevens. She is a graduate from the Memphis College of Art and a former member of the band The Warble. Her work has always been interesting, chaotic, and unique. I expect nothing less from this exhibition.

Speaking of interesting press releases. Here is a link to the greatest press release ever. It is for Mark Flood’s 2009 exhibition "Chelsea Whores" at Zach Feuer Gallery in NYC. It is amazing on some many levels.


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