Michele Guieu is a French artist who recently created a largely ephemeral installation contemplating her own relationship with and influences from palaeontology, Darwinian evolutionary theory and her experiences living in Africa with her parents as a child. The Art Produce Gallery is a small space adjacent to an excellent coffee bar in San Diego. It’s nooks and crannys were used with ingenuity to host a combination of temporary mural art, finely observed drawings, photography, digitised film and a range of artifacts which was woven into something much more splendid than the component parts. The supportive gallery and responsive artist were able to create a program of lectures and events that added further stories, ideas and musical bricolage to the installation in an intriguingly free wheeling way. Guieu herself commented that she found it somehow pleasing to create a piece of art which was so impermanent. In fact the 3 dimensional collage of sound, visual and intellectual stimuli offered by Lucy, Darwin and Me was very successful, and although the run has now ended in San Diego, I hope that she will continue to work with the ideas and bring them to life again somewhere else. This was a particularly intriguing and generous use of mixed media that invited the visitor into a complex dialogue across several cultures and vast tracts of geological and evolutionary time. Exceptionally engaging.
For further information about this work see: michele guieu.com