MEET EDOARDO TRESOLDI
LE BON MARCHÉ GAVE A FREE HAND TO THE ITALIAN ARTIST EDOARDO TRESOLDI TO CREATE “AURA”
As part of the “La Famiglia Rive Gauche” exhibition, we met Milan artist Edoardo TRESOLDI, a guest of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, for his carte blanche exhibition “Aura”. Until 22 October 2017, under the store’s main glass domes, he is exhibiting two monumental installations using wire mesh and corrugated sheet metal and made up of fragmented elements displayed in the space.
How did you come up with the idea for your project at Le Bon Marché?
I wanted to use the architecture of Le Bon Marché as a language that would allow me to tell the story of the relationship between man and space. I wanted to show how the essence of a construction can be removed, and simply bring to mind empty space by using a stripped-back structure, as if only the façade of the building remained, made from industrial materials. I have loved the idea of being able to develop my work in spaces other than a conventional exhibition area, in an uncommon space, using a different type of language and playing with the two large twin atriums at Le Bon Marché.
Transparency seems to be an important element in your creations. Could you tell us a little bit about it?
I think that transparency, emptiness and absence are ideas that are very interesting to explore, particularly in this day and age when society is shifting and continually changing. Human beings themselves do not try to define themselves. The idea is to be able to tell the story of something that is not completely defined and that gives us the chance to think that the work is not part of the present. The fact that it is not physically complete allows us to find similarities with it, unlike classic pieces of work, which belong to other historical eras.
How was this reflected technically?
To express transparency, I mainly used wire mesh, as it allows me to build large pieces of work. I also started to explore other materials which have come from “spontaneous architecture”, such as corrugated sheet metal used to build shacks; it is a poor-quality material, but it has proven to be a very good choice to combine with a more elaborate architectural structure, such as, for example, classic architectural work.
What is your creation process?
In recent years, as I became interested in the language of architecture, I ended up moving closer to archaeology and the triangular link between man, space and time. Time turns constructions that were once functional into ruins. In my creative process, I try to analyse architecture and to break it down while preserving the poetic elements of ruins.
Can you talk about the link that your work, which you created especially for Le Bon Marché, might have with “The family", the exhibition’s main theme?
I have been working with my team for some time. It has become a second family for me: we recreated a family unit, we work together, we eat together... The fact that my team agreed to work with me also makes me think about the second family that one chooses, at the heart of artisan work... But that is not up to me to say!
The role of the artist is to analyse and decipher the languages of the present and to succeed in retranscribing them poetically in their artistic product. Edoardo Tresoldi