• OCEANOGRAPHY, OXYGEN AND SCULPTURE


EVERYTHING MUST GO  2014 

JEAN-FRANCOIS BOCLE'

Photo: Jean-Francois Bocle' and Saatchi Gallery 

This installation made with 97,000 blue plastic bags recreates the ocean of the artist's childhood in Martinique. The bags are inflated with Oxygen to create movement.

Osei Bonsu the art critic wrote about this piece in 2014, I have enclosed a small excerpt below but you can read the whole essay on the Saatchi Gallery website. 

'In his large-scale installations (Tout doit disparaître! /Everything Must Go, 2004) a sea of blue plastic bags form an abyss, a quasi-memorial to lives lost at sea during the transatlantic slave trade. The ubiquitous plastic bags of supermarket checkouts become air inflated, supplied with oxygen to symbolise the priceless commodity that is life itself. His inverted monument signals what has been lost over the course of histories exchange, the quantity of bags channeling a symbolic force. Art becomes a stand in for an act of disappearance, the installation a site of loss beyond memory, making visible that which is unrepresentable.'