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Marc Chaimowicz
From October 4th 1986 to October 25th 1986
Liaison

In 1985, Marc Chaimowicz published a book entitled Café du rêve at the Éditions du Regard/Galerie de France, Paris. Café du rêve gathers together letters and writings, advertisings images, postal cards and photographs, and drawings from fabric design. The chapters: “le Désert”, “le Parc”, “North Africa Song”, “Partial Eclipse (a performance)”, “Chorus (a letter from Vienna)”, “Liaison”, and “le Sélect…”, assume a diary or log form, reflecting the singular itinerary of this artist’s concerns over the last 15 years. Questions of personal identity, the quotidian experience, conflicts between the individual’s needs and desires when confronted with the requirements of the social world, and of presence and absence of the artist in front of his audience, etc… provide the underlying structure to this fragmented narrative.

Chaimowicz, a British artist who is internationally known, has performed and exhibited his installations in major European cities. The evolution of his work is marked by two significant periods. From 1974 to 1979, all Chaimowicz’s works revolved around his personal home space, which was adopted as an idealized refuge against the external world, and as a place for the quiet domesticity propitious to the quest of the self and creativity. This was the Approach Road period characterized by an intense interest in rooms and closed spaces. This period gave rise to the realization of an important photographic series, which has been continually re-used in his later works.

From this, Chaimowicz produced his first book: Dream, an anecdote (Nigel Greenwood Ed., London, England, 1977) in which he first demonstrated an interest in the interrelationship of image and text. This research was continued in Here and There (1978), further developed with Partial Eclipse (1980), finally achieving a finer realization with Café du rêve.

After 1979, and with his departure from Approach Road, Chaimowicz’s works investigated an interaction between his intimate universe and the external world, more and more taking on the character of journeys. Partial Eclipse, which had been shown in Montreal in 1980 at the conference “Performance and multidisciplinarity: postmodernism” organized by Parachute, clearly marks this evolution. With regard to the renewed importance given to the text, it would seem that Partial Eclipse constituted a prelude for Café du rêve.

The realization of Café du rêve has been spread over a 4 year period, punctuated by exhibitions of the original pages from some chapters in the book. Similarly, Optica will present the chapter “Liaison” of Café du rêve and a recent series of drawings of 1986. Chaimowicz will also give an illustrated reading of Café du rêve at Optica the October 10th at 8:00 p.m.
- Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
Dumont, Jean, « L'art du temps et le temps de l'art », Montréal ce mois-ci, Octobre 1986, p.16, 18.