INE Installation (9mx12x6m) on a 3 tons metal-sculpture:


© 1987, Gilbert Charles KIEFFER



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Front View of « Non Euclidean Visions »

INE of 21 paintings. More than 144m² oil painted canvas with the same liking of detail than for a single painting.

Top View of the installation

6 towers compose the structure.
The highest tower goes 9 meters high.

Close up of two towers

The installation has a two tons iron structure.
The 1988 exhibit in Gillot Airport, Reunion Island, France attracted more than 50 000 visitors.


Non Euclidean Visions
The “INE” Installation of a parabolic metal form: 9 meters of height, 12 meters of width, 6 meters depth called “Non Euclidean Visions” is the translation of the “Apocalypse” in the allegorical world of the artist Gilbert Kieffer.

The twenty –one paintings of this translation of St John conform the vision of a violet coral reef rock, floating on the “lake of lava” described by the apostle, where souls “can die for the second time”.
In the geometric centre of this huge installation, a disproportionate trumpet is waiting for a hurricane… It is the end of all times, and opalescent souls are rising from the stone like vapours. When the four cavaliers dash toward the caves of coral stone, the elected souls dissolve into the inner light of the Heavenly Jerusalem, that upper part of the reef which will never be submerged in the fire lake. Still now, behind the stone, sleeps the deluge of time which rushes into the instant...

INE’s definition
An “INE” (in French illusion non-euclidienne, non Euclidean illusion) Installation is a new polyptych expression in painting.
It presents 4 main features:

1.Each panel of the polyptic can be presented as a separate painting, but together with the other panels it builds a new vision (for that reason it cannot be confused with traditional polyptic, mosaic, nor puzzles). Each panel has its own personality, as an individual painting, but enters into visual continuity when put in place with the others.

2.The visual space of each painting, as well as that of the ensemble, includes distortions of Non-Euclidean perspective, planned to also be visualized by a mobile video camera. This camera can read the gravitational deformation included in the work. It all has to be thought out and built as a video partition.

3.Because of its global effect, the “INE” installation seeks a different goal for painting than mere illustration. It allows for a synthetic effect, adapted to projects like the translation of Apocalypse, under the title “Vision of Non-Euclidean Illusion”.

4.The exterior form itself may be meaningful (parabolic structure of the Apocalypse). It can look like a “happening”, but with much more technical and intellectual exigencies.

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