Deep end / by Hayley Quentin

This spring I was a part of a truly unique exhibition experience at the prestigious Musee D'Art Contemporain de Lyon.  What seems like ages ago (while in reality was only summer 2013) I once again collaborated with dear friend and fellow artist JULIACKS to work on the film Architecture of an Atom. I worked as the Assistant Director, as well as doing some art production (storyboards, props, etc.). It was an exciting and insane time, which I've written about in previous posts.

Film poster for Architecture of an Atom by JULIACKS

Film poster for Architecture of an Atom by JULIACKS

The film is a single part of a larger interdisciplinary project by JULIACKS.  On March 20th The Architcture of an Atom universe took over the prestigious Musee D’Art Contemporain de Lyon (also known as the MAC).  The museum was transformed like no other for an immersive exhibition with JULIACKS’ Infinite Whistle short film series, comics, paintings, and 4 fully booked screenings of Architecture of an Atom in the museum’s cinema.  I was honored to create the installation Deep End, a painted representation of the symbolic pool from the film. 

Deep End, side A

Deep End, side A

Deep End, side B

Deep End, side B

Entrance to the MAC. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

Entrance to the MAC. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

People waiting outside the cinema to catch a screening of Architecture of an Atom. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

People waiting outside the cinema to catch a screening of Architecture of an Atom. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

Inside the packed cinema before a screening. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

Inside the packed cinema before a screening. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

The musicians' performance space, and projection of one in a series of short films by JULIACKS. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

The musicians' performance space, and projection of one in a series of short films by JULIACKS. Photo by Anne Simonnot/ NEON, 2015.

One of the props I made for the film, a map belonging to the character Sergei, became a part of the exhibition dossier. One side is Sergei’s map, and the other side is the real map of the transformed Musee d’Art Contemporain created by JULIACKS.

The map as the cover for the exhibition dossier.

The map as the cover for the exhibition dossier.

The inside of the dossier is a map of the exhibition by JULIACKS.

The inside of the dossier is a map of the exhibition by JULIACKS.

The Exhibition was a great showcase of the project in full, including several musical performances. A complete description of the exhibition can be found on Architecture of an Atom's blog, with lots more photos.

Working on Deep End was a big departure for me in many ways. It was a complete change in medium, materials, subject, and style- not to mention site specificity and the ephemerality of installation. I had about five days to complete the installation; luckily I was able to paint on site at the museum. I was dreaming of water every night. The experience made me so open to the different possibilities of painting and space transformation.  I will never underestimate cardboard again.

Working on the installation at the MAC. Thanks to Myya Marques for the stop motion camera!

Working on the installation at the MAC. Thanks to Myya Marques for the stop motion camera!