Mr. & Mrs. (Paradis-Vernis)

Mr. & Mrs. (Paradis-Vernis)

Mr. & Mrs. (Paradis-Vernis)

2004
wooden garden house, DVD projection
225×200×296 cm

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A half-buried garden house reveals a flowing cinema of dislocated desires.

A charming garden house of varnished wood is set deep within the ground so that its front door is half-concealed by earth. A single side window remains just above ground level, allowing one to peer down inside the hollow structure, where a video projection is beamed into the darkness. The video plays upon the natural ground, distributing its images unevenly against the pitched and rocky soil.

In the video, scenes of radiant flower gardens, bubbling mountain streams and sun-filled skies are shown. These pastoral impressions coincide with the idealistic pleasantries one associates with a garden house and its setting. Two other scenes, however, create the illusion of an added depth inside the claustrophobic confines of the house’s interior: one showing a fountain of water running “upside down” into a mossy alcove and another scene that depicts a pair of hands digging furiously into a quagmire of wet, sinking sand. An undercurrent of disquietude emerges through the hands’ laborious action. Likewise, the fountain alcove “pulls” the water into its black cavity, alluding to deeper, ulterior motives that lie beneath the levity of the other images.

The video scenes interact with the natural surfaces within the garden house, assigning physical characteristics to their illumination. Flowers sway in the breeze, waters flow and desperate hands sieve through viscous layers of the incognita. Memories, aspirations and anxieties are dispersed upon the loose floor and left to inhabit the unstable terrain of a submersed Utopia. The sunken little building and its “subconscious” stream of dreams curb the obvious with the disguised, revealing deeper, darker layers of the impeccable and its secret searches for elution.

Mr. & Mrs. (Paradis-Vernis)