Elsa Werth
Point de Fuite, Vanishing Point, 2017

Stamp, ink, usb key with pdf for a performance
Variable dimensions
Edition of 3

Elsa Werth’s [Point de Fuite, Vanishing Poing] brings a conceptual dimension to the tools shared by cinema and drawing, in their rendering of the experience of space. [Werth’s work] has a parasitic presence, recalling both the three-dimensional space in which the viewer lives and the artifice of depth in cinema, evoking the laws of perspective in drawing. The exhibited version of this work consists of 4 or more marks made with a stamp on one or more of the exhibition walls. The stamp inscribes an X (a point) and just below it VANISHING POINT (the direction of the point) on the surface of the wall. This refers to the vanishing points used to construct the representation of a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface: to create perspective, to give the illusion of depth. In our system of representation, it’s possible to create perspectives with 1, 2 or 3 vanishing points, but beyond that, the image loses its anchorage to reality, tending towards abstraction.

Excerpt from the press release of the exhibition TOUT UN FILM !, Drawing Lab Paris, Jan. 16 – Feb. 28, 2021 [our translation]