Bleu Glacé

- Lexicon of Icelandic Landscapes -

French version

Bleu Glacé is a cabinet of curiosities, a scientific study synthetically rebuilding the Icelandic landscape. The use of synthetic materials questions our daily use of plastics, resins and polymers in an exponential way. It interrogates how it might change the geological landscape of the surrounding world in the long term. Iceland magnetizes our attention essentially because of the components of its geology. "Those landscapes are a wonderful geological lesson, the La Redoute catalog of the volcanic and ice forms” wrote Michel Tournier in his novel, Les Météores. Bleu Glacé is this catalog of landscapes that everybody imagines to meet in Iceland, a catalog for an immobile traveler. The imagination makes the object we think about and desire appears to us in order to take possession of it. The resulting image is an interiority synthesis, rebuild in studio. The object is absent but all of its qualities are in front of us, the impression is present. So are the characters, certainly looking like human beings but without any intentionality. In those objects that I produce, everybody is free to see a waterfall, an iceberg, a plastic bag or polystyrene. The imitation is only partial, as only few components are replicated. However those components are sufficient to give the form a representative value. The concept is then appearing. The images created this way summon and question the “primary ardor of water, wind, clouds, and sheer colors projected on the sky and the horizons” that Samivel describes in his book L’Or de L’Islande. Bleu Glacé has for ambition to represent this mystical elsewhere, this land still unknown.

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Manon Lanjouère
Bleu Glacé is a cabinet of curiosities, a scientific study synthetically rebuilding the Icelandic landscape. The use of synthetic materials questions our daily use of plastics, resins and polymers in an exponential way. It interrogates how it might change the geological landscape of the surrounding world in the long term. Iceland magnetizes our attention essentially because of the components of its geology. "Those landscapes are a wonderful geological lesson, the La Redoute catalog of the volcanic and ice forms” wrote Michel Tournier in his novel, Les Météores. Bleu Glacé is this catalog of landscapes that everybody imagines to meet in Iceland, a catalog for an immobile traveler. The imagination makes the object we think about and desire appears to us in order to take possession of it. The resulting image is an interiority synthesis, rebuild in studio. The object is absent but all of its qualities are in front of us, the impression is present. So are the characters, certainly looking like human beings but without any intentionality. In those objects that I produce, everybody is free to see a waterfall, an iceberg, a plastic bag or polystyrene. The imitation is only partial, as only few components are replicated. However those components are sufficient to give the form a representative value. The concept is then appearing. The images created this way summon and question the “primary ardor of water, wind, clouds, and sheer colors projected on the sky and the horizons” that Samivel describes in his book L’Or de L’Islande. Bleu Glacé has for ambition to represent this mystical elsewhere, this land still unknown.