Ocean view - Adel Abdessemed
Ocean view - Adel Abdessemed
Ocean view - Adel Abdessemed
Ocean view - Adel Abdessemed

Ocean view

Adel Abdessemed

A Plexiglas box is set on sheets of stiff blue Styrofoam, layered in strata. The box is horizontally split by a central divider on which are placed two little paper boats made of one-dollar bills. As a mocking metaphor for the circulation of capital, this work seems to evoke the theories of Adam Smith, who felt that the seafaring trade, with its many risks was a perfect embodiment of the capitalist spirit. And yet Ocean View shows a calm sea, serenely crossed by origami-style toy boats. This image of innocent, smooth sailing beneath the benevolent eye of the god of trade is a parody, an imagined projection. GC

2005 / 5 billets d'1 dollar, 15 plaques de Styrofoam bleu, Plexiglas
94 x 76 x 60 cm

• Galerie Kamel Mennour, 2005