Exhibition
FLAX Project

A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

« When we move by night at the speed of desire / With you at the wheel my limit goes higher / Just turn me on, you turn me on / You are my petrol, my drive, my dream, my exhaust »

Fahrenheit by FLAX is delighted to present A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek, Laure Prouvost’s first solo presentation in Los Angeles. Drawing from desire, oneirism, and a fantasized depiction of nature, Prouvost’s immersive films and installations challenge the relationship between language and understanding through complex stories and surreal moments with her unusual approach to cinematic conventions and imagery. Prouvost’s attention to her environment, as well as the natural and human elements surrounding her, comprise the primary material of her work.

A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek is the outcome of Prouvost’s residency at Fahrenheit by FLAX completed in the spring of 2015, and is the counterpart of the artist’s project presented last year at Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart in France. The exhibition results in a site-specific installation of films, sculptures, and drawings utilizing elemental material found within Los Angeles—flora, fauna, smells, sounds, abandoned objects, and the vertiginous light of L.A.

Laure Prouvost constructs an immersive environment in which her works become central ploys in a scenario that explores the boundaries of fantastic and urban escapism. Her series of drawings and films reflect a delineated urban experience made of driving in L.A. and breathing in petrol and plastic smells.

For her main installation Prouvost coated the floor of the gallery space with blue resin, ornamenting its surface with shattered technological junk, abandoned tropical trees, floating pineapples, and branches of tumble weeds – an apocalyptic vision reminiscent of a private pool the morning after a wild night. In her new video, Lick in the Past, filmed last spring in Downtown Los Angeles, she employs tropes both derived from and challenging the filmic languages of cinema and art. Adolescent Angelinos and their collective performance constitute an amateur form, on an improvisational level, acting on a parking lot to the sound of an original hip-hop track specially composed by L.A.-based producer WYNN for the exhibition. These stars of the outtake bring corrupt reveries to life through humor and mistranslations.

Watch video documentation of Lick in the Past here.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Institut Français.

 

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September 2016 – XTRAA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

April 2016 – MODERN PAINTERSA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

March 2016 – ART VIEWERA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

March 2016 – FRIEZEA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

March 2016 – TERREMOTO A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

March 2016 – MOUSSEA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

March 2016 – ARTFORUMA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

March 2016 – CURA MAGAZINEA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

February 2016 – CARLA A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

February 2016 – LA WEEKLYA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

February 2016 – KALEIDOSCOPE – Interview with Martha Kirszenbaum

February 2016 – LA TIMESA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

February 2016 – LA TIMESA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek

January 2016 – FRENCH MORNINGA Way to Leak, Lick, Leek