L’Empreinte du geste
EXHIBITING PONS BRALEY’S CLADONIA STELLARIS RELIQUARY
PARIS MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS
In March 2016, curator Éric-Sébastien Faure Lagorce invited Antonin Pons Braley to reflect on a contemporary herbarium for the exhibition L’Empreinte du Geste at the Museum of Decorative Arts Paris, initiated by the French Institut National des Métiers d’Art. Pons Braley conceived a reliquary for Cladonia Stellaris, where the species’ helioengraved motif substitutes the traditional sample inside. Placed on a chest of boreal soapstone, the half-cylindric Heliovolume inked with Prussian Blue and variations of cold blacks sits on an intaglio printed Russia leather. Echoing Napoleon III’s marine herbarium, preserved at the museum’s library, Cladonia Stellaris Reliquary pays homage to the lichen’s Subarctic coral reef. As part of Pons Braley’s Archive of Disappearance, this photographic sculpture engages with the milieu as matrix.
Créer pour transmettre. At Paris Museum of Decorative Arts, Pons Braley talks about his exhibition piece for L’Empreinte du geste, March 2016.