Amarie Bergman: C, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France


Installation view

November 28 – December 19, 2009

C, an installation by Bergman at ParisCONCRET, configures the chemical symbol for carbon using an innovative architectural product called ‘softwall’ by Molo Design to make a translucent white curve of vertical pleats.

C, in its reductive simplicity, aims to place the viewer “in an indeterminate, luminous space, in attentive contemplation” experiencing the light and space of symbolic carbon.

With this project Bergman references Agnes Martin’s “To the Islands” work from 1974-1979: “This kind of color, a lapse in pure whiteness, is an imperfection. Through it, you imagine the perfect “white” of light.”

In its shape, C also references a 1983 steel work by Richard Serra, Clara-Clara: two mirrored Cs shown in Paris at the Tuileries, Place de la Concorde. Like Serra’s work, this installation is also a phenomenological sculpture that “exists in primary relation to the body, not as its representation but as its activation, in all its senses, all its apperceptions of weight and measure, size and scale.” C, however, is situational rather than site specific because this work engages ParisCONCRET and redefines its space.