The series Phenomena, begun in 2014 during a residence at the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), documents scientific research spaces which analyze and reconstitute meteorological and astrophysical phenomena. Here, avalanches coexist with hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, aurora borealis, shooting stars, colliding black holes, meteorite impacts, Martian landscapes and the deep space of the universe. These are all meticulously reproduced by researchers in the laboratory, and carefully selected by the artist for their capacity to produce an image. In a constant play of perspective between observed reality and its simulation, Gadonneix explores the enigmatic fabrication of representations through experimentation, observation, and manipulation, as sites of anomalies in conjecture and cognition at the border of the visible and invisible.
Exhibition curator: Béatrice Gross.
Exhibition design: Cécile Degos.
Exhibition in partnership with FRAC Normandie Rouen, with the support of Christophe Gaillard gallery, Paris.
Publication: Phénomènes, Sally Bonn, Béatrice Gross, Audrey Illouz, RVB Books, 2019.
Pigment prints on Hahnemühle Silk Barytha paper made by Laurent Hutin, Janvier, Paris.
Framing by Circad, Paris.
Winner of the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2018.