Explorer EXPLORER, attempt to describe an exhibition.

This film by Thomas Bernardet documents the exhibition " Explorer " by Rita McBride shown at the Wiels , contemporary art center, from September 15, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

It is made up of three sequence shots describing in one line the two exhibition platforms and the stairs that connect them. He observes the works as well as their architectural, social and sound environment, without making any hierarchy, with the same critical eye. The camera emphasizes the materiality of the place which enters into a dialogue with the plasticity of the works. The unreal space of the exhibition halls is brought to a living and tangible reality by the use of the uninterrupted sequence shot.

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Exhibition Thomas Bernardet 2020

2019 red background, the eleven crossed out from the list on a red background
Adhesives on poster paper 120x80 cm.

Here, the set presented at the Point to Point Galerie in 2020
 

Exhibition Thomas Bernardet 2016

Exhibition Thomas Bernardet Spring 2012

Nauman Else But Me

Nauman Else But Me is a collage of footage captured from websites such as Youtube. These are films made by amateurs during visits to exhibitions by the artist Bruce Nauman. The work is the connection of these elements to achieve both a tribute and a good video with the work of others. This project was realized for the stand of the PointToPoint gallery during the contemporary art fair of Nîmes in 2009.

Video installation with 5 video projections. The video Nauman Else But Me is a collage of sequences collected on video sharing websites such as Youtube. All the footage was shot by amateurs visiting exhibitions by the artist Bruce Nauman. By establishing connections between these different elements, I wanted to pay homage to Nauman, and also make a good video using other people's work.This project was created especially for the booth of PointToPoint Gallery during ArtNim art fair.

 

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Multi-channel video installation, PointToPoint Gallery stand, ARTNIM art fair 2009
5 video projections, 5 guitar amps

exhibition Thomas Bernardet Spring 2007

Participation of the work of Thomas Bernardet in the collective exhibitions of the Gallery: with Jean Marc Andrieu Jean-Adrien Arzillier, Claude Caillol, Hardouin:Monnier, wifredo Lam, André Masson, Patrick Saytour, Claude Viallat ...


If there was a theme in my work, it would be the object. Our relationship to everyday objects and the symbolism of their different functions. I consider the act of recording as a kind of ready-made. The restitution via the photographic or videographic image completes the decontextualization. Presentation systems (tools) become a significant element of the work in the same way as the image. A large part of my pieces are only finished once I have been able  to find them a relationship almost in situ with the place of their exhibition. It has to work between visual evidence and a second degree which is the true essence of the work.

Given my psychogeographic way of working, I am very dependent on circumstances. It can just as well happen to me to circle insistently around the subject to try to provoke a response as to have to grasp a situation very quickly and without hindsight. But the emotion that guides me is either diluted by waiting (sometimes to the point of being just a memory), or sudden and difficult to identify. When I record an image, my awareness of what I see or feel is therefore often confused. It is only later, by seeing the photo or the video, that I can recognize an intention or an expectation, given that this capture constitutes in itself a new and autonomous object, of which I no longer feel entirely does the author. I find there in another form something of the initial attraction, of the floating but fascinated attention that I brought to my object to finally discover the reflection of a consciousness to which we were not paying attention. My images constitute a space with multiple dimensions where various mythologies are married and contested, none of which is original: the text here present, like my images themselves, are a fabric of quotations, stemming from the thousand hearths of culture.

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