Steel on show: Candidate is among the artworks of Motopoétique
February 2014 - Up to April 20th, the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MAC) in Lyon hosts the exhibition Motopoétique: an exposition dedicated to the duo man-machine. In particular: motorcycles.
On this occasion, Marcegaglia presents Candidate, the work by Luc Mattenberger originally exhibited within the contest of Steellife - the first international contemporary art exhibition dedicated to steel - held in Milan at the Triennale in 2009.
A steel artwork that "embodies all the hopes and values of the motorbike enthusiast, yet arou- ses a subtle yet forceful sensation of unease, insecurity and panic in the onlooker.
This is no coincidence: the idea for this work dates back to October 2000, when two kamikaze terrorists affiliated to Al-Qaeda blew out the American ship USS Cole at the port of Aden in Yemen.
[...] Candidate is placed on a rotating platform whose revolutions remind us of the cyclical ambiguity of things which can be good or evil, attractive or threatening, depending on how they are perceived and interpreted. [...]."*
*source: Steellife catalogue