Valentin Carron presents sculptures that revisit the vernacular forms of Swiss culture. He is making a statement about the production conditions and uses of pseudo-folklore's imagery and expresses an aversion to "blinkered middle-class and right-thinking" values. For this exhibition, he invited 3 other artists to participate: David Hominal, Fabian Marti and Balthazar Lovay. In the project room a photographer, a graphic artist and a visual artist.
Sculptor Valentin Carron (1977) lives and works in Valais. More specifically his sculptures revisit the vernacular forms of Swiss culture. By creating substitutes of objects from this mountain region (Valais wine, religious symbols, figures of bears sculpted from wood…), his work questions the construction process of a so-called national culture. Going beyond the humorous slant on an authentic pseudo-folklore, he is making a statement about the production conditions and uses of this imagery and expresses an aversion to “blinkered middle-class and right-thinking” values.
Valentin Carron will present sculptures specifically made for this exhibition at the Centre to give the French public an opportunity to appreciate his work on a wider scale in an institutional setting for the first time. For this exhibition, he invited 3 other artists to particpate : David Hominal (*1976); Fabian Marti (*1979) and Balthazar Lovay.
“A certain, je ne sais quoi”
Following the multidisciplinary principle which this time brings together a photographer, a graphic artist and a visual artist, the CCS project room is presenting three successive monographic exhibitions from young Swiss artists. This is the first personal exhibition in an institution in France for all three of them.
Lukas Wassmann (27.01 - 17.02)
FLAG (21.02 - 09.03)
Guillaume Pilet (13.03 - 06.04)
(18.05 – 28.09.08)
Opening 17.05 / 6:00 – 9:00 am
The Centre culturel suisse de Paris is the representation of Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland
Image: Valentin Carron, Anvil on Coffin, sculpture, 2007. Courtesy the artist et Gal. Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
Apre Mont opening: 26.01 from 6 to 9 pm
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