Lisson Gallery

Pierre Bismuth: Collages Fit for General Audiences

London, 29 January – 8 March 2003

Pierre Bismuth: Collages Fit for General Audiences

Lisson Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of work by Pierre Bismuth at 52-54 Bell Street.

Pierre Bismuth employs artistic practice as a tool for examining our perception of reality as well as our relation to culture and its productions. The underlying aim of his works is always the same – to destabilise pre-established codes of perception and to force the viewer to become critical and incredulous even when presented with cultural objects whose meaning appears self-evident.

This exhibition presents for the first time in UK a body of works that demonstrates clearly Bismuth’s consistent methodology in manipulating diverse materials—including magazines, newspapers, photographic images and feature films. Pierre Bismuth creates unexpected shifts in the everyday meaning of things in order to disrupt perceptual habits, thus opening the space for an understanding of the world beyond its constructed meaning. The immediate accessibility of the materials employed by the artist functions as a kind of decoy, which eventually leads the spectator to distance him or herself from the usual network of significations and implications in which they are imbedded. In this sense Pierre Bismuth never tries to add new meanings to the objects that he manipulates, but aims simply to neutralise their initial meaning and thereby delay the act of understanding. His art is above all one of “suspension”.

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52 Bell Street

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Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

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