Laurent Pernel

27 October, 2018 - 14 January, 2019    

Bòlit_PouRodó's Hall



Documentation of a monumental work in the urban space

Laurent Pernel

Curator: Jackie-Ruth Meyer

27 October, 2018 - 14 January, 2019

Opening, Saturday 27th October, 6 pm

Bòlit_PouRodó's Hall

Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani. Girona

Pou Rodó 7-9 Girona


A Catalan neologism : Casa (house), Pel (skin) and Llum (light) describes the architecturtal project of the artist Laurent Pernel on the façade of No. 42, rue Croix Verte à Albi : a monnumental work made of aluminium and inspired by the façades of the Catalan architect  Rafael Masó.


Laurent Pernel

Born in1973 in Cucq (Pas-de-Calais). Lives and works in Villeurbanne and Lyon. He is represented by the Galerie Houg, Paris. He has exhibited at Les Subsistances, in Lyon, at Le Magasin, centre d'art de Grenoble, at Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, at the Galerie Houg, Paris, at the Optica, centre d'art contemporain in Montreal, at the George Enescu Museum in Bucharest, etc.


History of the project 

"In 2005, the Roger Tator gallery in Lyon offered me a carte blanche invitation. The gallery is on the ground floor of a narrow, three-storey building, which makes it look quite like Flemish houses. The building, lastly, is located at 36 rue d'Anvers. This context would become the nub of my proposal, remaking, in Lyon, an Art Nouveau façade typical of an Antwerp house. The city is one of the centres of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. I brought a series of drawings and photos which were at the root of the creation of the façade. Gezichtwerpen, the title of the work produced at the gallery, is a neologism, a contraction of two Flemish words which literally mean "thrown façade", referring to Antwerp, "the thrown hand". This displacement of one façade onto another, this copy-and-paste, is a form of architectural hybridization."


On the façade of no. 42, rue Croix verte, in Albi

"I propose to rekindle this principle of displacement by working, this time, with the city of Gerona, which is twinned with Albi. Gerona is an important centre of Art Nouveau in Spain, but it is also a city at the crossroads of different early 20th century movements. The Modernist and Noucentism movements were currents of cross-disciplinary thinking which, at an early stage, asserted the particular position of Catalonia in Spain. Among those artists, thinkers and intellectuals, the architect Rafael Masó, a contemporary of Gaudi, developed a modernist work that was much influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement. My proposal is to find, in Gerona, a façade or architectural elements taken from Rafael Masó's constructive vocabulary and install them on a façade in the city of Albi."


A graft

This façade must be seen like a mask that is askew, it is not a question of hiding the building which lies beneath, but of proposing a dialogue between this skin and the frame which supports it like a graft. The making of this façade proceeds by way of the creation of a composite material, made of sheets of aluminium and double-sided adhesive tape, the whole being laid over a structure of welded trellises. The shiny quality of the silvery look of the aluminium will have an immediate visual impact in the alignment of the buildings which form the street, and will give the façade the appearance of a delicately carved jewel."


Rafael Masó

This architect and heir of Gaudi introduced Noucentism, an early 20th century Catalan architectural movement, into his native city of Gerona, transforming it forever. Today, his works are still ubiquitous in the city. He invented forms and volumes mixing a new conception of architecture with the traditional heritage. Homes of wealthy people, but also apartment buildings, factories, and shops--his works are many and varied.


A production by Centre d'Art Le Lait, Albi (France).


More information

full-de-sala-casapelllum_cat.pdf (620.79 KB)