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Valentin Carron: Déchéancé, Élégance, Déhanchement

Swiss Institute
495 Broadway, 3rd Floor, 212-925-2040
April 4 - May 13, 2006
Reception: Tuesday, April 4, 6 - 8 PM
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Using diverse sculptural and structural forms as source material, Carron wrestles with the iconography of comfortable bourgeois art and society. As Carron’s sculptures aggressively confront each other – rendered in a manner ironically faithful to their sources – monument and history are mocked, creating a sardonic commentary on the collectively imagined mythology of Switzerland. Rough-hewn supports for a rustic Swiss chalet, installed on the white walls of the S I gallery, set the stage for a destabilizing mix of Carron’s work. Military canons and the tenuous figures of Giacometti are reproduced life-sized, copied in industrial materials. As the work vacillates between solemn and matter-of-fact to brutal and irreverent, the gallery is completed by the offer of some unusual treats as well as an unorthodox tour guide around the show.
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