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Édouard Nardon

Kalb al Akrab


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Edouard Nardon, Kalb al Akrab exhibition vue, 2021
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Edouard Nardon, Alpha Scorpii
, 2021, Painted terracotta, copper tube, ropes, peep hole, soap, water, ziplock, printed paper, metal container, linen oil, acetone, memory foam, metal tool, Variable dimensions
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Edouard Nardon, 100 Latissimus dorsi contractions under the guidance of Antares and 200 Latissimus dorsi contractions under the guidance of Antares, 2021 Gesso, marble dust, acrylic, pigments, linen oil on canvas, 195 x 150 cm
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Edouard Nardon, One foot is in the water, and one foot is on the land, 2021 Gesso, marble dust, acrylic, pigments, linen oil on canvas, 195 x 150 cm
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Edouard Nardon, Alpha Scorpii (detail)
, 2021, Painted terracotta, copper tube, ropes, peep hole, soap, water, ziplock, printed paper, metal container, linen oil, acetone, memory foam, metal tool, Variable dimensions
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Edouard Nardon, Alpha Scorpii (detail)
, 2021, Painted terracotta, copper tube, ropes, peep hole, soap, water, ziplock, printed paper, metal container, linen oil, acetone, memory foam, metal tool, Variable dimensions
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Edouard Nardon, Alpha Scorpii (detail)
, 2021, Painted terracotta, copper tube, ropes, peep hole, soap, water, ziplock, printed paper, metal container, linen oil, acetone, memory foam, metal tool, Variable dimensions
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Edouard Nardon, Alpha Scorpii (detail)
, 2021, Painted terracotta, copper tube, ropes, peep hole, soap, water, ziplock, printed paper, metal container, linen oil, acetone, memory foam, metal tool, Variable dimensions
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Edouard Nardon, Alpha Scorpii (detail)
, 2021, Painted terracotta, copper tube, ropes, peep hole, soap, water, ziplock, printed paper, metal container, linen oil, acetone, memory foam, metal tool, Variable dimensions

Here is where induction and deduction collide — where trails become spots, and particles, the cosmos. The blue line, seen from another angle of the universe, appears red; everything branches and explodes, leaving its traces behind. Not trajectories — what we are witnessing is an obstacle course, an aimless drift, proceeding without deliberation towards a place nor precision towards an object but wandering here and there, as everything is intertwined; being here is like being there and vice versa. In this kind of hic et nunc in which we operate — that is, our existence in space and time — our being does not indicate a mere spatial location but, as German philosopher Martin Heidegger put it: something more ambiguous and complex.

Here is Antares between the chords, Kalb al Akrab, sixteenth brightest star and heart of the constella- tion, radiating its dazzling light on a tendinous, contracted leg just as it kisses the seventeenth major Arcana. Star and body on opposite walls — just as Gaia placed Orion and Scorpio at the antipodes — make them respectively winter and summer, however inextricably linked by cosmic becoming; star and body drip the same blood while fragments like scattered meteorites are seized by a spidery hand. It snatches and relaxes its grip as the universe pulsates and continues in flux, everything flowing and ro- tating, colors marking patterns of inter-astral space. The functional is in full harmony with abstraction; logic takes flight; geometries incite chaos instead of asserting order. An explosion of infinite deflagrations. A shell was found on Mars, the planet that references Kalb al Akrab — the so-called constellation of Scorpio containing a vast number of stars, systems, stellar clouds and clusters — that which it is not, yet, at the same time, that which it comes from and to which it remains attracted.

Everything is now a vortex.

Text by Domenico de Chirico, Milan, 14 October 2021.