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Founded in 2009, It’s Our Playground is the Paris based artist duo made up of Camille Le Houezec (1986) and Jocelyn Villemont (1986). IOP has been developing a body of work on the porosity and circulation of art practices from a broad professional position (as artists, curators, and teachers), a variety of intervention formats and initiatives favoring working with other artists, and a combination of styles and techniques. Along with reappropriating images through online publishing and curating group projects, It's Our Playground’s recent activity has been shifting towards the production of composite visual works in immersive environments. They are represented by Galerie Valentin, Paris.

Solo exhibitions include 'Elle disait bonjour aux machines' at La Villa du Parc in Annemasse, 2019 ; 'Artificial Sensibility' at Bonington Gallery in Nottingham, 2017 ; 'Reconstructive Memory' at Galerie Valentin in Paris. Curated exhibitions include 'Deep Screen' at Parc Saint-Léger in Pougues-les-eaux, 2015 ; 'Show Room' at Glassbox in Paris, 2016. Group shows include 'Bande à part' at Mrac in Sérignan, 2018 ; 'Site Visit' at Kunstverein Freiburg, 2017, 'Ambiance d’Aujourd’hui' at Mains d’œuvres in Saint-Ouen, 2016.
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VEGETAL PASSION

Online, Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, 2013
With special projects by Laura Aldridge, Ditte Gantriis, Hayley Tompkins, Travess Smalley and Pedro Wirz.

Featuring Darren Bader, Gabriele Beveridge, Simon & Tom Bloor, Marcel Broodthaers, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Andreas Ervik, Ditte Gantriis, Pierre Huyghe, Jiří Kovanda, Margaret Lee, Tobias Madison,Mathieu Mercier, Jessee Moretti, Katja Novitskova, Oliver Osborne, Edgar Orlaineta, Nam June Paik, André Piguet, Mandla Reuter and Florian Slotawa.
Curated by It’s Our Playground.

Deftly mixing plants and works of art, works that involve plants and "exhibition plants," this curatorial project takes a new look at gardening practices in institutional settings, which is increasingly a part of today's reality. Indeed, while blogs are replete with images of plants, which are adopted for their graphic qualities, they have also invaded art galleries, for artists appreciate their formal values as well as their reference to both a domesticated nature and a questioning of the decorative function of artworks.
Vegetal Passion sees the exhibition space as the natural milieu of works of art. Deftly mixing plants and works of art, works that involve plants and "exhibition plants," this curatorial project takes a new look at gardening practices in institutional settings, which is increasingly a part of today's reality. Indeed, while blogs are replete with images of plants, which are adopted for their graphic qualities, they have also invaded art galleries, for artists appreciate their formal values as well as their reference to both a domesticated nature and a questioning of the decorative function of artworks.

Originally this project was based on exhibition photos (notably from the Marc Vaux and the Cahiers d'Art collections, which are conserved at the Kandinsky Library) from the 1940s to 1960s, an age of pre-standardized museum and exhibition design, when decorative plants seemed to naturally punctuate exhibition galleries.

This show also takes into account the recent proliferation of indoor plants in contemporary artists' work. The images of plants and archival images of art exhibitions are thus mixed with images of recent works of art and specific projects by contemporaries, including Laura Aldridge, Ditte Gantriis, Hayley Tompkins, Travess Smalley and Pedro Wirz, who were invited to produce series of images that resonate with their usual art practice.

Vegetal Passion looks like a tame digital jungle in which all these images of a different nature are there to be discovered and ferreted out. The show will later change with the seasons, and like a winter garden we will follow its evolution for a year to observe the various proposed works by invited artists and the selections made by the two curators.

With special projects by Laura Aldridge, Ditte Gantriis, Hayley Tompkins, Travess Smalley and Pedro Wirz.

Featuring Darren Bader, Gabriele Beveridge, Simon & Tom Bloor, Marcel Broodthaers, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Andreas Ervik, Ditte Gantriis, Pierre Huyghe, Jiří Kovanda, Margaret Lee, Tobias Madison,Mathieu Mercier, Jessee Moretti, Katja Novitskova, Oliver Osborne, Edgar Orlaineta, Nam June Paik, André Piguet, Mandla Reuter and Florian Slotawa.

Texts by Dorothée Dupuis and Aurélien Mole.
Graphic design & development by Jérémy Muratet-Decker.


FRENCH VERSION

Vegetal Passion est une exposition en ligne qui propose de considérer l'espace d'exposition comme étant le milieu naturel des œuvres d'art. Le duo d'artistes et commissaires It's Our Playground (Camille Le Houezec & Jocelyn Villemont) envisagent cette 5è édition de Royal Garden comme une jungle ambiguë dans laquelle se côtoient sans hiérarchie propositions d'artistes, photographies d'archive et images glanées sur internet.

Mélangeant habilement plantes et œuvres, œuvres à plantes et « plantes d'exposition », cette proposition curatoriale tend à jeter un regard neuf sur les pratiques horticoles en milieu institutionnel, de plus en plus d'actualité. En effet si les blogs regorgent d'images de plantes, reprises pour leurs qualités graphiques, elles ont aussi envahi les galeries d'art, les artistes les appréciant pour leur valeur plastiques, mais aussi leur référence à une certaine nature domestiquée et à un questionnement sur la fonction décorative des œuvres d'art.

A l'origine, ce projet s'appuie sur des photographies d'expositions (issues notamment des fonds Marc Vaux et Cahiers d'Art de la bibliothèque Kandinsky) des années 1940-1960, époque de pré-standardisation muséographique, durant laquelle les plantes décoratives semblaient naturellement ponctuer les salles d'exposition.

Cette exposition prend aussi en compte la récente prolifération de plantes d'intérieur dans les œuvres d'artistes contemporain. Ainsi, aux images de plantes et images d'archives d'exposition viennent s'entremêler des images d'œuvres récentes ainsi que des projets spécifiques d'artistes, notamment Laura Aldridge, Ditte Gantriis, Hayley Tompkins, Travess Smalley et Pedro Wirz, invités à produire des séries d'images en résonance avec leur pratique artistique.

egetal Passion apparaît comme une jungle domestiquée et digitale dans laquelle toutes ces images de natures différentes sont à découvrir et dénicher. Cette exposition se métamorphosera ensuite au gré des saisons : comme dans un jardin d'hiver, nous constaterons son évolution pendant un an et observerons les diverses propositions des artistes invités et les choix des commissaires.

Avec des nouvelles productions de Laura Aldridge, Ditte Gantriis, Hayley Tompkins, Travess Smalley et Pedro Wirz.

Et la participation de Darren Bader, Gabriele Beveridge, Simon & Tom Bloor, Marcel Broodthaers, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Andreas Ervik, Ditte Gantriis, Pierre Huyghe, Jiří Kovanda, Margaret Lee, Tobias Madison,Mathieu Mercier, Jessee Moretti, Katja Novitskova, Oliver Osborne, Edgar Orlaineta, Nam June Paik, André Piguet, Mandla Reuter et Florian Slotawa.

Textes de Dorothée Dupuis et Aurélien Mole.