Valentin Carron "The dirty grey cube (you) turns around sadly and screams at us (he), ca-tarac-ta."

303 Gallery (507 W 24th St.)

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303 Gallery presents second exhibition of new work by Valentin Carron, "The dirty grey cube (you) turns around sadly and screams at us (he), 'ca-tarac-ta'

As an initial act, the gallery's entrance is modified in the form of a hallway or passage to a more personalized or even claustrophobic viewing experience. With light all but blocked out of streaming through the windows, the space becomes sealed, and behind that veil, the potential for a certain cryptic transformation is intimated. Upon entering the exhibition, the viewer stands in the corner of the space, pulled in by the gravity of an austere 5-foot cube. This cube, a polystyrene replica of a public sculpture by Dutch artist Ewerdt Hilgemann originally made of Carrara marble, assumes a roughshod form as a result of being perfectly cut and polished and subsequently rolled down a debris-strewn hill. Michelangelo is said to have remarked that the quality of a sculpture is inherent in its ability to survive being rolled down a hill with its essence still intact. Hilgemann's coup of turning process into essence is upended by Carron's ploy of rejection, displacing process/essence by means of material subjectivity. The cube symbolizes a psychic space, rendered in a hollow synthetic - an abandoned tombstone in the reliquary of process art.

On the walls of the gallery are 'window paintings' of a sort, produced in homage to a stained glass process known as 'en dalle de verre' used for churches and public buildings toward the end of the 1930s. The process involves inserting shards of reflective glass into pre-existing windows or building facades, creating colorful reflections and perspective shifts. Carron's tack is decidedly reductionist, as the paintings have all but abandoned color and light, glowing only with a stark minerality. This intersection between form, utility and history becomes paramount, and Carron's is the voice of the wrench-thrower, asking what happens if an object-painting can be neither object nor painting. Also on view will be five wrought-iron two-headed snakes, distributed from the floor to the ceiling. Taken together, this assortment of primal forms - the cube, the window, the snake - create a neo-occultist mythology, steeped in the sardonically rhetorical yet with a keen sense of the very real psychic power imbued to objects in space.



from April 06, 2012 to May 12, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-04-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


Valentin Carron

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