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Studio Sunday: Pierre Huyghe

Artist Pierre Huyghe looks up at a camera in his white, brightly lit studio

Pierre Huyghe, the focus of this week’s Studio Sunday, is a French artist who uses his practice to build environments and stage situations. Huyghe’s Paris studio appears large, and naturally lit – a typical example of a modern artist’s studio, with a large table in the centre, buckets of paint and sketchbooks strewn in every corner. The source for the above image even mentions a bubbling aquarium, a smaller version of one of the many “situational” art pieces in the artist’s body of work.


Huyghe likes to look at relationships and reactions between objects, people and animals, and the way that situations unfold once certain parameters are set up. Chaos and failure are necessary parts of art, and Huyghe celebrates these inevitabilities in many of his pieces. In A Journey that Wasn’t – a 2005 project that is now immortalized in the form of a film, he searches in Antarctica for an albino penguin, a journey destined for failure. In his piece for the most recent Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany, in 2012, he created an entire environment in the wilderness, with moments of sculpture, as well as the organic contributions of various plants, and a dog conscripted to wander throughout the contrived outdoor environment


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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