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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon

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[…] If man were to invest in whistling everything he normally entrusts to words, and if the blackbirdwere to modulate into his whistling all the unspoken truth of his natural condition, then the first step would be taken toward bridging the gap  between … between what and what? Nature and culture? Silence and speech? Mr. Palomar always hopes that silence contains something more than language can say. But what if language were really the goal toward which everything in existence tends? Or what if everything that exists were language, and has been since the beginning of time? He is again Mr. Palomar gripped by anguish.

After having listen carrefully to the whistle of the blackbird, he tries to repeat it, as faithfully as he can. A puzzled silence follows, as if his message required careful examination; then an identical whistle re-echoes. Mr. Palomar does not know if this is a reply to his or the proof that his whistle is so different that the blackbirds are not the least disturbed by it and resume their dialogue as his nothing had happened.

They go on whistling, questioning in their puzzlement, he and the blackbirds.

The blackbird’s whistle, p.26-27, Palomar, Italo Calvino, A Harvest Book (1985)

window view
Peanuts by Alexandre Lavet – graphite on paper
exhibition view
exhibition view
Colle blanche by Alexandre Lavet – graphite on paper
Excerpts from summer by Alexandre Lavet – Wenzhou paper
All the good times we spent together by Alexandre Lavet – acrylic paint on aluminium
I sit a lot by Alexandre Lavet – Indian ink on paper
Fugue by Nicolas Moreau
exhibition view
All the good times we spent together by Alexandre Lavet – acrylic paint on aluminium
Fugue by Nicolas Moreau – handcrafted sleeping bag
Fugue by Nicolas Moreau – handcrafted sleeping bag
Learn from yesterday by Alexandre Lavet – graphite on paper
L’introduction frontale by Alexandre Lavet – graphite on paper
Je n’ai pas fermé l’oeil de la nuit by Nicolas Moreau – curtain, curtain-rod, led lights
detail
All the good times we spent together by Alexandre Lavet – acrylic paint on aluminium
exhibition view
exhibition view
Dürst Britt & Mayhew by Alexandre Lavet – pastel on paper
on the right: Excerpts from summer by Alexandre Lavet – Wenzhou paper
Les oubliés by Alexandre Lavet – acrylic paint on wall
on the right: All the good times we spent together by Alexandre Lavet – acrylic paint on aluminium
NECA 0304 by Alexandre Lavet – graphite and colored pencil on paper
exhibition view
Je n’ai pas fermé l’oeil de la nuit by Nicolas Moreau – curtain, curtain-rod, led lights
exhibition view
Les oubliés by Alexandre Lavet – acrylic paint on wall
A dedication to my mother – by Alexandre Lavet in collaboration with Marine Peyraud – print on stiffened cotton fabric

Pictures by Ludovic Beillard and Alexandre Lavet©

Deborah Bowmann, Brussels

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