Installation view, Valentin Carron, DUST MINT, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zurich, 2018
In his sculptures and collages, Valentin Carron imitates traditional handicrafts, lesser-known artworks (some of which were meant for the public space), stereotypical forms of modern art, and certain forms of the everyday. By appropriating these objects, he questions originality, authenticity, and identity in the globalized world. His reformulations of traditional handicrafts, mainly from his Swiss home, show a characteristic touch of irony: Carron recreates these incarnations of a romantic, pastoral Switzerland with inexpensive industrial materials like polystyrene. In his recent works, he uses the same sense of irony to refer to the contemporary environment of technology and the internet.
Valentin Carron will present DUST MINT, a new 6-meter tall sculpture that will be revealed on the rooftop terrace at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zahnradstrasse 21, Zurich.