PLATFORM 20: Noémie Goudal, Telluris

PLATFORM 20: Noémie Goudal, Telluris
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On View Oct 15, 2017 - Jun 03, 2019
Exhibition Location: Sculpture Park

For the twentieth iteration of deCordova’s PLATFORM series, Noémie Goudal brings her otherworldly photography to the Sculpture Park. To create Telluris, the artist traveled to the Mojave Desert in California, using the barren landscape and distant mountains as a backdrop for a series of stark geometric formations made from wooden cubes. The pyramidal structure of Telluris (Latin for earth or ground) rises from the desert floor like a mirage and evokes the abstracted form of a mountain. Installed on a billboard and set within the New England landscape, Telluris can also be seen as a gateway. Framed by the curtains of two majestic weeping beech trees and situated within a world of lush color, the black and white desert terrain appears as a window into another time and dimension. The image-object hybrid encourages reflection on the slippery boundaries between fact and fiction, abstract symbols and physical objects, and the manufactured and organic.

About the PLATFORM series

PLATFORM is a series of one-person commissioned projects by early- and mid-career artists from New England, national, and international art communities that engage with deCordova’s unique landscape. The PLATFORM series lets artists expand their practice and visitors experience new approaches to contemporary sculpture.

Special thanks to Metro Sign & Awning for their assistance with this project.

PLATFORM 20: Noémie Goudal, Telluris Brochure (PDF)

Noémie Goudal (born 1984, Paris, France; lives and works in Paris and London) earned an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 2010. Her work is in the permanent collections of FOAM Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and the New Art Gallery Walsall, England. Recent solo exhibitions include Cinquième Corps at Le BAL in Paris, France (2016) and Southern Light Stations at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, United Kingdom (2015–2016). She is represented by Edel Assanti, London, and the Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.