from April 23 to June 30 2019
«[Apokatastasis] - Interior garden»
Exhibition curator : Claude d'Anthenaise
The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature hosts one of the parts of the exhibition [Apokatastasis] which is conceived in three places. It is organized in the manner of a triptych that would encourage a contemplative and spiritual approach to nature. To the part [Apokatastasis] - Jardin Intérieur, presented at the museum, corresponds [Apokatastasis] Jardin des Méditations at Vent des Forêts, a rural art center in Meuse, and [Apokatastasis] Catafalque de Nacre, at the Galerie Maubert. With these different devices, Erik Nussbicker invites us to perceive the principle of life, which beyond individual destinies, our existence and our death, circulates in all its components according to a permanent transformation.
This is the meaning of his birdhouses in the shape of human skulls that he scatters in the forest of the Meuse or that he hangs in the museum. It is also the vocation of the instruments he makes with animal or human bones and to which his breath allows him to participate once again in the great vibration of the world. Erik Nussbicker's approach sometimes combines ancestral forms and practices with 3D printing technology, with his resonant skulls or his projects for meditation watchtowers connected by webcam.
"Ritualizing the signs and trials of everyday life materializes the story of a dream, a vector of unity and love. Saying or even thinking the word 'love' separates us. I prefer action to the statement of what animates everything. The resistance of a drop of water or the varnish of a reed sings its name better than words. Only the expression of the intimate finds grace in my eyes. The brightness of the mother-of-pearl is the fruit of a life that reveals itself only at its end. These modest proofs of existence leave a masterpiece of non-voluntariness that decomposes the light. "
The intentionally mysterious title of this proposition affirms its spiritual character. In religious terms, Apocatastasis refers to the final restoration of all things to their original state. In his work where meditation is central, Erik Nussbicker aims at the fusion of the intimate and the universal. Inserting his artistic practice in a natural or cultural environment, he wants to reflect a state of being, to question atavistic fears and to arouse introspection or wonder.