Backslash is delighted to announce the second solo exhibition by Charlotte Charbonnel. The artist, inspired by scientific research, conducts experiments with unusual materials such as glass, sound cards and salt crystals that she reworks to reflect her artistic preoccupations. The exhibition is entitled Achròn, Greek for timeless, signifying the idea of suspended time and an immobile space in which living material is frozen.
For her latest exhibition, Charlotte Charbonnel has created a journey where sound installations interact with salt crystals sculptures, a theme that echoes her previous work with iron filings. The sound of the stars forms the exhibition’s backing track, sounds created from the long wave signals that stars generate, a theme wholly typical of Charlotte Charbonnel’s works. She has been in touch with space research bodies, including NASA, to ensure that her artistic questing correlates with proven science. With this work, she has created an entirely new definition of our planet, a space of uncertainty where salt stalactites, ceramic stones and blown glass echo to sounds whose mysterious origins intrigue and unsettle visitors.
Matter in its very broadest sense provides the core for Charlotte Charbonnel’s works, which also examine the sometimes destabilized relationship between the human eye can and those things it cannot perceive, drawing on Pascal’s concept of the infinitely large and the infinitely small. This latest voyage of artistic discovery invites viewers to cast aside their preconceptions and discover a new world created from A to Z.
Charlotte Charbonnel is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Her work has featured in a variety of institutions, including the Versailles Maréchalerie, Verrière Hermès in Brussels, Musée Réattu in Arles, CNEAI in Chatou and Paris’ Palais de Tokyo.