Christian DOTREMONT (1922-1979) Logoneige...

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Christian DOTREMONT (1922-1979) Logoneige...

Christian DOTREMONT (1922-1979)
Logoneige "Nulle part qu'ici le vif ailleurs", 1976
Black and white photograph glued on a cardboard background
Signed by Dotremont, dated, numbered 1/3, located in Ivalossa in pencil on the cardboard, also signed by Caroline Ghyselen, who accompanied the artist on this trip to Lapland
16 x 22.8 cm for the photograph; 23.2 x 29.8 cm for the cardboard
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Bibliography:
- Christian Dotremont un temps lapon d'écritures, La Dérive, Paris, 1977, work mentioned (this exhibition catalogue is enclosed with the invitation to the opening, of the time)
- Guy Dotremont, Christian Dotremont 68°37 latitude north, Didier Devillez Editeur, Bruxelles, 2008, work mentioned p.188

"In any case, if Lapland didn't exist, I wouldn't make logograms..."
Christian Dotremont discovered Lapland in 1956, he would say that it was for him "an immense stationery shop" on which reindeer and Lapps wrote as if on a blank page. He saw snow as a material that allowed him to draw his logograms. In 1963, he named them "Logoneiges" and "Logoglaces". He photographs them, his photos being the only traces of these poetic but ephemeral works. In this sense, Dotremont can be considered to be at the forefront of Land Art.
In 1976, it was his eleventh trip to Lappland, accompanied by Caroline Ghyselen (who was working on her Art History dissertation on Dotremont's work at the time), he produced a series of four logoneiges traced on 18 May, in the Ivalo region, including our own entitled "Nulle part qu'ici le vif ailleurs" (Nowhere else but here the lively elsewhere). For his tracings, he uses a stick that he calls his "snow pen", which he will bring back to Belgium and keep. The photographs illustrating Dotremont's logoneiges are printed in several rare numbered and signed copies, rare vestiges of his distant writings.
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