In parallel with the exhibition AD HOC (carte blanche to the Culbuto collective) that will be held from October 3, 2015, to January 2, 2016, La Station will show from Tuesday November 17 until Tuesday 24, 2015, the work of Beuys’Acorns of the artists Ackroyd & Harvey (closed on Sunday November 22, open every day from 1 PM to 7 PM).
Presented by the NA !Fund in the scope of the tour Trees on tour, this work is a tribute and an extension of 7000 Oaks by Joseph Beuys, made in 1982 during the DOCUMENTA 7 of Kassel.
Beuys had then planted 7000 oaks in order to « show the transformation of the whole life, the whole society, the whole ecological space » and, in a symbolical way, to « sound the alarm against all the forces destroying nature and life. »
In 2007, Heather Ackroyd goes to Kassel and collects 500 acorns at the foot of Beuys’ oaks, that will grow and give birth to Beuys’ Acorn, consisting in 300 oaks in pots, that she co-signs with Dan Harvey. These trees are to be contemplated like a slow and lasting pursuit of Beuys’ visionary and appealing work.
La Station being located in the former slaughterhouse of the city of Nice, the oaks will be confronted tos a rough, industrial, urban environment. Thus, the work will question the connection between the ecosystems nourishing here the practices of the resident and exhibiting artists of La Station. This exhibition will also be the occasion to propose, in partnership with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Nice (Villa Arson), a round table questioning the connection between the artist and nature.
PRESENTATION OF THE WORK OF ART BEUY’S ACORNS – LA STATION –
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2015 – 6 PM > 9 PM
In the presence of the artist Heather Ackroyd, the visitors will be able to walk around these oaks and think about their own investment regarding nature and ecology. They will also be able to visit the exhibition AD HOC, some of the pieces will not fail from teasing their curiosity through their relevance to these questions.
ROUND TABLE: THE EGOSYSTEMS – THE ARTISTE AND NATURE – Villa Arson
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2015 – 3 PM – amphitheater 1
In this context, Villa Arson and La Station offer a round table on the theme « The Egosystem And the Artist » how can we put in perspective the influence of man or the artist on nature? How can the ego alter or preserve its environment? In the so particular ecosystem of Villa Arson, where nature co-exists with artistic research, Heather Ackroyd, Lia Giraud (artist shown in AD HOC), Eric Mangion (exhibition curator), Patrice Lhoro (gardener at villa Arson), Cédric Teisseire (artist, founder of La Station) and one of the members of the Culbuto collective will try to answer these questions and will share their points of view.
This project received the support of