Murmures, by Clara Claus
A solo exhibition curated by Marie Salomé Peyronnel
Opening Wednesday, June 6th 2018 at 6 PM at Elizabeth Street Garden
Murmures has been thought as an ode whispered to the Big Apple, made with collected whispered stories of New York, told by fellow New Yorkers.
“He always had two beautiful women on each arm, and they all were wearing full length mink coats”
“The cab driver opens the window and starts yelling at the homeless with a supermarket cart: he's trying to sell him a slice of pizza.”
“On the L train there was a man that would dress up as a pony and dance down the aisles to a boombox.”
“I planted cilantro for his salads, and flowers so he would see them in the morning: they were Morning Glories and Forget-Me-Not.”
“I woke up and I pulled up the cover and I felt refreshed and wonderful and thought this is my new life, and I looked down beside me, and I saw a bedbug.”
Some anecdotes are intimate and moving; others are more trivial; some could have happened in any other place in the world but took place in New York; others are as New York as it gets…Each story has inspired an abstract painting on a pole, like a painted totem, that will be installed in the garden. She has used all the recordings to create an audio piece accompanying the sculpture installation, all voices compiled to create a humming sound piece. This buzzy sound adds to the impression of being immersed into a swarm of colors. The pigments have been spontaneously splashed on the wood, as the painter followed the melody of the words and voices, and the meaning of the stories.
(Text by curator Marie-Salomé Peyronnel)
Curator - Marie-Salomé Peyronnel - @epstie