A dirty job is a piece of social art made from discarded bottles left over from an opening and a customized map. It tries to solve the delicate problem of sharing the chores, in a community context, by turning them into art.
To each bottle is associated a map of the surroundings with a different destination point, and a game of urban exploration is initiated by taking the bottle and following the directions. Can you guess where it leads?
The artwork lasts as long as there are bottles left.
An out of frame practice that enables a long-term engagement with the world, with rules that repeat themselves over and over, and are to be followed whatever happens.
Artefacts that unplan the planned obsolescence, envision the revolt of the machines, and lead their own lives, unattended.
Let’s find a way to cope with lack of inspiration or meaning, through performance or video, and generate unpredictable situations, toy around with algorithms. Let’s wait, also. Never know what may happen…
After a first career in engineering in France, Ireland and the US, Mathieu Brethes went back to study art&design and graduated from Grenoble’s Art School, France, in 2016, thus getting up to speed with new creative opportunities.
Mathieu is interested in the passage of time, the action of chance and randomness, waiting around and seeing what happens, failure, obsolescence of things and people. However his failing devices seem to be stronger than they appear, his random performances always perform better than expected. His very daily practice mixing bricolage, performance and videos sometimes dissolves entierly in the world before reappearing as art.
He was born in Guadalupe in 1982, and now works and lives in Lyon, France.
Masters in Art in Grenoble’s School of Art&Design, with honours
Engineering degree from Bordeaux’s School of Engineering
Hosted by Ateliers du Grand Large, Lyon, France
Workshop with the Expodium collective at Citta Dell Arte, Biella, Italy
Residence « Varison » with art collective « les fées » in Valprato, Italy
« One-minute vidéo », Folie-Culture festival, Montreal, Canada
« No Parking », Nouvelle Galerie, Bergerac, France
« Just released », Old Museum of Painting, Grenoble, France
« Thus it will be », School of Architecture, Grenoble, France
« Subverting the everyday » (with Expodium), Citta Dell Arte, Biella, Italy
« Varison » (with les fées), Galerie Xavier Jouvin, Grenoble, France
« Street dreams », Galerie Xavier Jouvin, Grenoble, France
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