Atelier LAB

When instant composition meet visual art

Atelier LAB was created in October 2017, in Elma Riza’s atelier, it is a research that has developed thanks to the invited artists (Stephanie Anna, Anne Mundo, Anais Edely, Marieke Horstmann, Aurélie Pertusot…). Since 2019 Atelier LAB has taken the form of a common research whose heart is a quatuor with Anais Edely, Marta Colombo, Renaud Héléna and Elma Riza.

This research is based on the “86 Aspects of Composition” by Make Vargas



With Elma Riza, Anaïs Edely, Renaud Héléna, Marta Colombo & our guests Marieke Hortsmann, Anne Mundo, Stephanie Hanna, Ruben Gonzalez Escudero, Aurélie Pertusot

Atelier LAB is above all a space for experimentation and research, where the plastic arts and instant composition merge. The visual compositions created by the visual artists present are ephemeral installations, which are documented over time. It is a common creation, where the theme of the right to the image belongs to everyone and to none, and exists as a work for the moment, which makes it a non-marketable object for the benefit of research and democratic experimentation.
These ephemeral installations are constantly in contact with performance, in the sense that the body is not always functional (placing objects in space, but can be an integral part of the composition in the same way as an object, a material. The notion of dialogue is in this omnipresent research, it is at the same time a dialogue between the artists present, a dialogue between spaces and objects and a dialogue between the elements placed in space. Dialogue, called dialectic, opposition, silence, rupture, contimuity, listening… These dialogues create a form of narrative with abstract dramaturgy, where, as in the film, the images follow one another, are recalled and take on meaning, or not, through the choices made by those who direct them. This writing is guided by the “86 Apsects of composition” by Mike Vargas, a composer, who devoted himself to improvisation and extracted 86 notions from his practice, as working tools for composition.

“Though the 86 aspects represent a wide spectrum of concerns ranging from the conceptual to the physical, they reflect a relatively intellectual way of looking at art and life. This approach is easily counterbalanced by the ever-present factors of instinct, physical intelligence, clothes, chance, and mistakes.”
(…) “The 86 aspects provide specific areas of focus both for observation and for action. They can narrow the frame if we want to look only at the parts, and they can broaden our field of view when we want to look at the whole.”
Quote from Mike Vargas, “Looking at Composition Is Like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge, 86 aspects of composition”, 2003

The ephemeral aspect of each installation induces a certain awareness, listening and attention, which addresses the question of perception. The time given for each image allows the viewer to be an observer of a visual material in constant transformation, where the process of creation in the moment is put forward.
It is both an intuitive and cultural perception, of the fact that the objects used fluctuate between the abstract and the everyday.