Lucas Pottier

Private View: Wednesday 18th May, 6 – 8.30p.m


18 May – 26 June 2011

First Thursdays Late Opening: 2nd June, 2011, 6-9 p.m

Opening times: Friday – Sunday 12-6 p.m

Lucas Pottier’s installation for Schwartz Gallery has been developed site-specifically. The exhibition space is the starting point of his work, following Daniel Buren’s definition of an in situ work : “any formal event caused by a particular aspect of a determined portion of the space”.The particularity of the place that struck Pottier and on which he chose to develop this project is the complete absence in the exhibition space of any opening to the outside of the building, meaning the complete absence of natural light in the main exhibition space. This raises the question of adding artificial light and this question in turn forms the basis of a work developed in situ.


Pottier’s installation is a series of twenty-four components measuring 2400 mm tall and 750 mm wide. They are made of cardboard to isolate the light distributed from three tripod site lights located within the circle and to mark the fragility of the device as opposed to the structure of the space made of concrete and metal. Half of these elements are covered with mylar diamond for light reflection and the remaining half are left uncovered. The light produced is then alternatively reflected and retained within the structure setting up a dynamic pattern of interactivity. The viewer enters into a transitional dialogue with the work that traverses instances of reflection moving to the outside of the work and of being drawn back into the interior space of the work. The voids present in the uncovered elements are at a scale between that of a human and that of the architecture of the space reinforcing a transitional mode of experiencing the work. The elements are placed on a virtual circle whose diameter is determined by the spacing between the three columns of the main space and whose centre is the centre of the central column.


Pottier’s choice of industrial tripod lighting posits the functionality of building-site illumination alongside that of monument, gallery and ultimately that of a set or prop. The low-tech/high-tech materiality seen in the combined use of cardboard and mylar diamond playfully echoes ambiguities of light, function and form. The gap between the regular elements does not allow the viewer to penetrate within the circle, since this would disturb the light scattering, but it is large enough to allow us to observe the interior. This project also speaks about the problematic of interior and exterior, inside the building, inside the gallery/ outside of the light source and attraction source of the space. The installation presents a way of conceiving the work where the space that provoked the work ends up revolving around it and shows more reference to architectural artworks such as Bernhard Leitner’s le cylindre sonore, or Tadao Ando’s meditation space concrete architecture.




Lucas Pottier graduated with an MFA from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France in 2010. Group exhibitions include ‘Like’ and ‘Tire toi une buche’, La Generale, Sevres, 2010 ‘Nocturne‘ and ‘Nuit Blanche’, 104 Art Center, Paris, 2011, ‘C’est en peignant que l’on devient peigneron’ Standards Gallery, Rennes, 2009, ‘Quartiers Libres‘, Quartiers d’Orange, Bamako, Mali Curators Vincent Barre and Richard Deacon, 2008. Solo exhibitions include ‘The London Project’, Vulpes Vulpes Gallery, London. Lucas Pottier lives and works in Paris.






Curated by Patrick Michalopoulos and Ismail Erbil




Private View: Wednesday 18th May, 6 – 8.30p.m


Exhibition dates 18 May – 5 June 2011

Opening times: Friday – Sunday 12-6 p.m

First Thursdays Late Opening: 2nd June, 2011, 6-9 p.m

Artist-in-conversation: 2 p.m, Saturday 4th June



For her first solo exhibition Hanae Utamura presents INVERTED HORIZONS at Schwartz Gallery Project Space curated by Patrick Michalopoulos and Ismail Erbil. The recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck the artist’s home country of Japan form the heart of the project and inform the photographic and video works made for this exhibition.


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Duration 18 May 2011 - 26 June 2011
Times Friday - Sunday 12-6pm
Cost Free
Venue Schwartz Gallery
Address 92 White Post Lane London E9 5EN, ,
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