At the end of the 1970s, conceptual artist Ed Ruscha placed a stone sculpture in the Mojave Desert. French artist Pierre Bismuth spent a decade trying to find it. The artificial stone, named Rocky II in honor of Sylvester Stallone, is one of the Californian artist's most mysterious works. No one knows exactly where it is locate, as there is no mention of it in any catalogs, and Ruscha himself does not admit to the work. The only proof of the existence of the enigmatic work is a report by the BBC documenting the creation of Rocky II and its journey into the desert. The French artist's obsession with this unseen work of art turned into an investigation involving a private detective and a film crew. Bismuth would not have been the screenwriter of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind if his film were not a multilevel presentation of facts repeatedly reinterpreted, illusory clues, and meta-narratives. To recount his struggles with conspiracy in the art world, he hires two Hollywood scriptwriters, D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) and Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes), whose versions of events we watch in parallel with the investigation. It would be hasty to see Bismuth's work as a mockumentary. It is just the opposite: all the events and characters are real; they only appear fictitious, says the director. I call itfake fiction.
Pierre Bismuth is a French visual artist whose work focuses on codes of reading reproductions, reinterpretations, substitutes, and knock-offs. He uses various media: photography, sculpture, painting, and video. He conceived and co-wrote Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which he won an Oscar. Where Is Rocky II? marks his directorial debut.
2016 Gdzie jest Rocky II? / Where Is Rocky II?