5 Feb 2016 ODD: ‘Ballet Mecanique’
Inspired by the avant-garde experimental film, ‘Ballet Mecanique,’ released in 1924 by french artist, Fernand Léger, the show revolves around the relationship between nature and machine. “Modern-day living contains a machine-like rhythm: maximized efficiency with production-based values.” — Richard Taittinger Gallery
‘Ballet Mecanique’ forces you to jump into the mind-set of the 1920’s in the midst of the industrial revolution when man was being replaced by machines, which they had built. Shot almost a century ago, the film is still very much relevant today.
Walking into the show, the viewers eyes are immediately drawn to the fur draped sculpture, strategically placed between two rooms, in the midst of a body of work that teeters between the natural and artificial – ‘The beast with two backs.’