23 JUL - 24 JAN 2021

Degrés Est : Thomas Schmahl

July 23, 2020 – January 31, 2021

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Thomas Schmahl Croquis 0km/h ©Thomas Schmahl

Thomas Schmahl (born 1994 in Annecy, lives and works in Reims) graduated from the ESAD of Reims. Proposed by the director of the Frac Champagne Ardenne for the Degrees East series, Thomas Schmahl’s work is devoted to showing the anecdotal, the lacking, the unstable. The artist devises situations and installations in which the story and the protagonists often find themselves in an elsewhere.

Conceived for Degrees East, “L’aire mirabelle” takes the form of a system of use that reflects the reality of a highway rest-stop’s bathrooms. The structure, fragile but viable, like an architecture within architecture, is that of an impersonal place responding to the need to stop. Inviting the visitor to enter into the structure, the artist stages an action which is not strictly situated. Instead, it could unfold either here or elsewhere, and asks us what happens when we are forced to slow down. Akin to a theatre set or a “sketch of the space” in 3D, the installation also contains sculptures representing automobile motor-oil gauges, instruments for measuring time.

For the occasion, Thomas Schmahl also produced a limited edition vinyl record, “The White Stripes.” These airs of the highway bring together stretched echoing landscapes and pop songs, reflected in these spaces of uniform appearance.

In its rough transcription of cramped space opposite the immensity of the highway, “L’aire Mirabelle” offers the possible experience of a place within a place, playing between inside and outside, in the path of a permanent draft of air.


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Visite interprétée en LSF dimanche 4 décembre à 15h


Atelier La guerre des napperons samedi 10 décembre à 14h30


Brave book club mardi 13 décembre à 18h30


Le Frac est ouvert du mardi au vendredi de 14h à 18h et les samedis et dimanches de 11h à 19h. Samedi 24 décembre de 11h à 17h. Fermeture les lundis, le 25 décembre et 1er janvier