The Lithuanian artist, Tadao Cern contemplates human boundaries in his latest art installation, ‘French Exit’, featuring a field of suspended dried grass! The artwork juxtaposes the ephemeral, dried grass with the viewers who stand underneath, building a calming and introspective atmosphere. Keep reading to discover everything about this unusual art installation by Tadao Cern!
Covering the whole ceiling of the exhibition room with dried grass, the project converts this easily available and delicate material into a work of art that encourages contemplation and reflection. The artist created this space with the intention to allow people to consider the notions of farewells, whether it be the close of a party or more profound experiences, like the end of a relationship or death.
“French exit is a term that describes the act of leaving a social gathering or bad date without saying goodbye.It is the same as ghosting, Irish goodbye, and Dutch leave. The French exit is often performed by people who don’t want to take the time to say goodbye to others.”
Warm light illuminates the soft tones and textures of the dried grass, adding a gentle brightness and a sense of calm to the otherwise darkened and austere space. This way, it connects to both the organic nature of the life cycle and the human desire to situate within a broader context, particularly when confronted by aging and death.
Tadao Cern’s perception and creative process are influenced by the artist learned as an architect and his interest in human anthropological behavior and habits. He takes everyday objects or experiences, turns them to their basic concepts, and rebuilds them as art!