A PLAN FOR A NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
—OPENING FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2008 AT 7 PM
Galerie B-312 hosts Geoffrey Jones' A plan for a northern hemisphere in the small gallery space. We will discover a beautifully designed cubic object on a small table, suggesting a trinket whose use is not yet known. The sides are made of wood, the top is covered with black felt on which half of a snowball is placed. A lamp and fan mounted on tripods point towards it. Geoffrey Jones constructs devices inspired by his ideas, such as a small machine that could retain the colour of the light emitted by the sun at a specific place and time, so that it could be transposed and restored without any alteration. He has traveled thousands of kilometres to capture an autumnal light in the Arctic. He returned to the Arctic in another context. It was winter, and this time it was to illuminate a whole mountain.-The devices, machines, prototypes, kilometres traveled by Geoffrey Jones are not used to realize an idea. They are the vehicle of this idea, one that remains unrealized, not due to impossibility, yet since it is simply an idea.-A plan for a northern hemisphere does not show a machine that makes a snowball, but the idea of a machine that creates a snowball. In this, and in an artistic context, it is not only the proponents of the conceptual art and the theorization of this form of art that are revisited by the work of Geoffrey Jones, but as well and especially their display in museums. Indeed, how to consider the conversation of an idea? How to exhibit it? How to restore it? Subject to the constraints of museology, would it not tend, like snow in the sun, to faint under the spotlight?
Summary of text by—JEAN-ÉMILE VERDIER