Pierre Bismuth: Coming Soon

Project Room 2 Jan 21–Apr 22, 2006

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Jan 21–Apr 22, 2006





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Pierre Bismuth, Coming Soon, 2006 (detail)

Coming Soon–an entirely new creation by Pierre Bismuth, conceived for the Santa Monica Museum of Art–consisted of a single-screen color video montage of the last segments of film trailers. The focus of the piece is embodied in the iconic phrase ”Coming Soon,” with which the typical trailer ends. By relentlessly repeating this language, Bismuth presented a paradox to the viewer, with the words creating an expectation that remains unfulfilled.

Pierre Bismuth utilizes diverse media such as drawing, collage, musical composition, and video, to track, document, and reveal the complex thought processes that underlie human memory, comprehension, and interpretation. His work also explores the effects of language and the proliferation of images on every day life. Bismuth has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in such venues as Art Basel; the Venice Biennale; the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada; Sprengel Museum Hannover; the Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland; and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Born in Paris, Bismuth lives and works in Brussels and London. He is best known to American audiences for his work on the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which he, Michel Gondry, and Charlie Kaufman received an Academy Award in 2005 for best original screenplay.