Télé-Viseurs / Art Paris Art Fair 2017 (english version)


Projet : Art to Be Gallery Commissaire : Ivan Messac

« Everyone should be entitled to 15 minutes of world fame ».


The emergence of reality television in 2001 highlights how Andy Warhol’s prediction, fascinated by the television himself, was relevant.

In 2017 the television is an object that is losing speed, while the image is exploding. It has no place in our furniture, except as a simple screen. Ivan Messac, artist and curator of this project, is interested in television as a symbolic object, as much as in its design as in the images it diffuses.  » He’s part of a generation that saw the little screen enter into households and has measured the upheavals of this new window that is open to the world.  »

For Ivan Messac, 1963 marks a turning point for the television set. Roger Tallon created the portable TV  » Téléavia P111  » raised as well to the rank of an object of design and almost a sculpture. A few years later, in 1970, the artist inserts the first television image in his work Ni vu Ni connu: the head of the presenter seen on the screen, while his hands manipulate a card game of which the king and queen are Uncle Sam and Marianne. He symbolically plays with politics, and hides what should be shown to the audience.

It was around this work that the project Télé-Viseurs was conceived. It brings together the works of emblematic and essential artists when one speak about the television. Works by Roland Baladi, Sébastien Bayet, François Boisrond, Jacques Monory, Nam June Paik, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Joan Rabascall, SKWAK, Wolf Vostell, and a few others. Two ideas stand out. For some, it is a criticism, to undermine this tool of the media, a vehicle of political thoughts and petty programs. Joan Rabascall and his work Monument à la télévision Nouvel ordre mondial of 1992 (Monument of the New World Order of Television), refers to  » The New Order  » advocated by extreme right movements. With this sculpture, he erects the television as a monument to be wary of. Others, attach themselves to the object in itself from an aesthetic and historical point of view. Sonorette, a marble sculpture from 1975 by Roland Baladi, the sublime and the usual walks of daily life and memories. François Boisrond recounts for us the great moments of society broadcasted by this medium. Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell, active members of the Fluxus group, replace the paint brush by the television, and use it as material in their installations that critique the media image. Jacques Monory realizes a bluish abyss of black and white screens. In reference to Africa, a continent invited by Art Paris, there is a work presented by Bodys Isek Kingelez. Conceived as a small theater, its paper television broadcasts a children’s program. As for Ivan Messac, there will also be some televisions of Impression PrimeTime from 2005, as well as his latest digital creations.

Artists :

Ivan Messac (Français), Roland Baladi (Français), Sébastien Bayet (Français), François Boisrond (Français), Ryan Mendoza (Américain), Jacques Monory (Français), Nam June Paik (Coréen), Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolais), Joan Rabascall (Catalan), SKWAK (Français), Wolf Vostell (Allemand)