statistics in the work of french artist guy limone statistics in the work of french artist guy limone
feb 12, 2009

statistics in the work of french artist guy limone

guy limone is a paris-based artist whose installations are based primarily on the three themes – those of statistics, color families and miniature figurines.

‘my 225 square meter in paris’, 2004

since 1987, this french artist has been making works based on census reports and polls. in his exhibition ’67, 857 inhabitants per sq. mile’ in 1996 at the new york nicole klagsbrun gallery, guy limone applies the logic of statistics to precisely quantify each manhattanite’s share of elbow room. by dividing the surface of manhattan (22.2 square miles) by the number of inhabitants (1,506,430 in 1994), limone calculates that each resident is allotted 410 square feet of space, in other words, roughly the square footage of a small studio apartment. his graphic representation of data about new york is visually similar to previous works he has made in tokyo and paris.

‘area per inhabitant of paris’,1995/99

blending humor and earnestness, limone’s works are sober reminders of the real people hidden behind statistics.

‘inferencias’ installation at gallery GACMA in madrid, 2008

detail of ‘inferencia’

guy limone was born in villefranche, sur sâone, france in 1958.

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