Organized by Dia curator Yasmil Raymond in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition will be accompanied by a new work commissioned for the Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, NY, and a major publication.
A public reception for Jean-Luc MoulÃ¨ne will be held at Dia:Beacon on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from 2—4 pm.
Opus + One unites two bodies of work: thirty-five objects from the ongoing series Opus (1995—present), and the monumental photographic essay La Vigie (2004—2011). The exhibition reflects MoulÃ¨ne's interest in the idioms of advertising and capitalist tactics, as well as his conception of the viewer as a hypothetical consumer.
Recognized for his meticulous and eclectic creative output, MoulÃ¨ne moves fluidly between three-dimensional work, photography, drawing, and printed matter. His career cannot be easily divided into periods or a single narrative but rather can be conceived, as he has said, as “one continuous performance” in which the reality of his surroundings are collected, rearranged, and reframed. Dia's exhibition will reveal the wide-ranging nature of his practice, as well as the diverse aesthetic strategies that he has adopted over the years. As Raymond states, “MoulÃ¨ne's multidisciplinary practice, which spans over three decades, has focused on reinventing the visual language of art. By freeing it from consensus and literalness, his definition of art carries objectives beyond art itself.”
On view at Dia:Beacon, December 17, 2011—December 31, 2012 concurrent with a new work by the artist at the Dan Flavin Art Institute