L E T E M P S M A T É R I E L:
Inspired by the last movement of Symphony No. 45 (known as the “Farewell” Symphony) composed in 1772 by Joseph Haydn, where his musicians left the stage one by one, after snuffing out the candle that lit their music stands, gradually plunging the stage into complete darkness up until the last note.
Blais creates the perception of materialising the immaterial. With the support of the Conservatoire de Besançon (CRR) music academy, pupils replayed the piece, and the scene is captured using a pinhole camera.
Many of his works draw on now-obsolete practices, such as; the pinhole camera, silver photography and glassblowing. Others are reminiscent of quirky objects and ancient machinery, often virtual in operation.
Blais is a French artist, lives and works in Paris, and is known for his dedication to creating connections between the visual and aural elements of our environment – the link between the visible and the invisible and the connections with memory and a place. Through his artistic expressions, he enables us to see and feel what is intrinsically invisible.
Credits and Copyrights: Artwork Images (Courtesy the artist and Xippas Gallery).