Rainier Lericolais’ Cabinet of Curiosity

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French contemporary artist and infrequent Continuo contributor Rainier Lericolais shows a selection of his work at Château de Chamarande, 22 miles south of Paris, until February 2011. The exhibition offers a retrospective of his recent works including drawings with colored glue, photographic experiments with switching off TV screens, drawings made with a top, etc (see this PDF for older works). Most striking to me, though, was the Cabinet Curieux, an extraordinary Cabinet of Curiosity installed in one of the rooms. The photos I took during my visit there are used in this post to convey some of the magic the installation creates.

From an obsession with Prospective du 21ème Siècle record covers, Rainier developed a number of art works where the striking, shiny visuals and Constructivist elements personifies the music itself. A selection of these are on display, along 3 original LP covers. The cabinet also shows Rainier’s collection of music-related, vintage memorabilia: mechanical organ paper rolls, the rare Optigan optical disc, a tape recorder, LP records, cassettes, books, etc. All these function as hauntological, metonymyc objects whose pseudo-scientific dimension contributes to the Cabinet of Curiosity’s esprit de la lettre. Additionally, Rainier throws in a handful of fake exhibition posters, home-made avantgarde music scores and imaginary record covers for good measure. Exquisite lèche-vitrine*, anyway.

(*) Window shopping

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4 Responses to “Rainier Lericolais’ Cabinet of Curiosity”

  1. 1 Frederic Lechiffre November 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    It’s been a long long time since I last met my old friend Rainier… well at least, here I can have a glimpse of his work.

    Thank you

  2. 2 continuo November 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I don’t claim the Cabinet Curieux to be representative of Rainier’s contemporary art practice as a whole, but I assume it to be typical of his frame of mind. Glad you could reacquaint yourself with his work.

  3. 3 Milo Garcia November 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    This looks beautiful!

  4. 4 continuo November 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Totally. The idea of a Cabinet of curiosity is so appealing. Plus I’m a little jealous of Rainier’s collection.

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