Valentin Carron

25 Jan 2020 — 29 Feb 2020

Photograph of a plastic figurine with outstretched arms with mountains in the background
© Valentin Carron. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich / New York
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is proud to open a second Zurich gallery in the cultural heart of the city. The inaugural exhibition at Rämistrasse 33 presents new and significant sculptures and wall-based works by the Swiss artist Valentin Carron.

In his sculptures and collages, Carron imitates traditional handicrafts and unknown artworks, as well as stereotypical modern and everyday forms. By appropriating these objects and styles, he questions originality, authenticity, and identity in the globalized world. He reformulates traditional handicrafts, mainly from his Swiss homeland, by substituting natural materials like wood for synthetic materials; conversely, he commissions well-trained craftsmen to create precious works imitating cheap industrial articles. Both methods bear a characteristic touch of irony: incarnations of a romantic pastoral Switzerland are created using industrial materials, and traditional handicrafts are used to create works that oscillate between decoration and kitsch.