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NEWSText: Aya Shomura

L'acte gratuit— Mel O'Callaghan
© Mel O’Callaghan

At Galerie Allen in Paris, Mel O’Callaghan‘s exhibition “L’acte gratuit” will be held from December 4th, 2014 to January 17th, 2015. She was born in Sydney in 1975. For this exhibition, she turns our attention towards the act of making (doing) itself.

Each work is evidence of this act, the result of that act, and a mediation on the will that compels one to make (do). Installed in the gallery is a large-scale regent structure of connected espaliers, Framework, 2014.

Closed on all sides excluding several entry and exit points, the structure looks like a lattice chamber. It’s dormancy however is only short-lived as we, the audience, activate it by passing through. As one passes through the threshold they become a performer and part of a larger work. One part of a communal experience.

A new colour video work, L’acte gratuit, 2014, concludes the exhibition, giving a key to the other works. It hints at an action that is obviously gruelling and yet unseen.

Mel O’Callaghan “L’acte gratuit”
Date: December 4th, 2014 – January 17th, 2015
Open: 14:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays)
Place: Galerie Allen
Address: 59 rue de Dunkerque, 75009 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 4526 9233

Text: Aya Shomura

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