Tuesday, 17 February 2015

George Widener in the next exhibition " LE BORD DES MONDES" at Palais des Tokyo - Opening tomorrow 18th of February!

V.A.L.I.S., mixed media on paper, 2014,Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander/ Delmes & Zander

Le Bord des Mondes

Answering Marcel Duchamp’s question: “Can one make works of art which are not ‘of art’?”, the exhibition “Le Bord des Mondes” [At the Edge of the Worlds] explores the many fields of artistic creation and welcomes creative people from outside of the art world whose work would seem to belong to it through its depth, its beauty and its singularity. These artists – visionaries, experimenters, poets and pirates – reveal these unprecedented fields and defy limits.

CounterX2, mixed media on paper, 2014, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander/ Delmes & Zander

George Widener 

At age 17, George Widener (b. 1962, lives and works in Asheville, U.S.A.) began working for the US Air Force as a technician. In his free time he took up drawing. But his chronic depression and social behavior forced him into regular stays in psychiatric hospitals. Aside from depression, he also suffers from a light form of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, characterized by an extraordinary capacity for mental calculation and a stupendous memory for names, dates and trivia.

His daily output features complex lists, calendars, diagrams, maps, codes and numbers written in ink on paper table mats stuck together and colored with tea.

George Widener attempts to give the world coherence thanks to a numbers system arranged within his magic squares. In his work, plane crashes, shipwrecks and important events in his personal life intermingle. 

Curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel

George Widener 
Palais des Tokyo
18.2.- 17.5.2015

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