Valerie Snobeck at Le Box, Marseille



Opening: August 29 from 6 to 9 pm

at Le BOX, Marseille
at the occasion of Art-o-rama

For her exhibition at Le Box, Marseille, Valerie Snobeck presents a series of works conceived during her residency at Atelier Calder, Sache (2018) and shown at Consortium museum, Dijon (2018), a film produced on residency at Lafayette Anticipations–Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette (2014) as well as new productions (2019.) 

Snobeck’s exhibition reflects on her preoccupations with environmental concerns and concentrates on the especially fraught legacy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. For this project she was interested in expanding and drawing together distance and time, dissolving boundaries between the body and architecture and complicating the boundaries erected by the State between itself and the people it purports to serve.

Snobeck draws from the architecture of the EPA building to create components removed from its neoclassical façade and isolated into body-sized elements, thus upending viewers’ relationship with architectural details otherwise experienced on a monumental scale, or from a distance merging appropriated visual tropes into something new shown disembodied and stripped of their monumentality. 

The newest body of work in the exhibition appears under the name Visual Closure, which refers to a visual exercise of inference. The work collapses front and back onto the surface. Rendered in brush-stroked enamel on window panes are shadows and reflections caught in the glass. Snobeck offers a vision that consolidates negative and positive space, the visible and the invisible, into a greater ensemble.


On view until the end of December by appointment 

Fonds M—ARCO / Le Box
765 Chemin du Littoral
Anse de Saumaty