Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris.
LADI ROGEURS: SIR LOUDRAGE – a still life
Goethestraße 2/3, 10623 Berlin
27 April – 21 July 2018
Opening: 27 April, 6-8 pm
Gallery Weekend Berlin: 27 – 29 April 2018
Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition LADI ROGEURS: SIR LOUDRAGE – a still life by Loris Gréaud at Goethestraße 2/3.
Since the beginning of the 2000s, Loris Gréaud has been pursued an atypical path in the field of contemporary art. His work prioritises the idea of the ‘project’. Using this temporally limited concept as a frame for his practice enables the artist to intervene with the given conditions of space and time, thereby emphasising the ephemeral existence of art. Systematically blurring and erasing the limits and borders between fiction and reality, Gréaud's projects create fluid, challenging and otherworldly experiences.
Gréaud's first solo exhibition LADI ROGEURS with Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris in the beginning of this year was conceived as a three-dimensional sketch, encompassing the entire gallery space. In the spirit of the cinematic cross-fade principle, the show in Berlin is a continuation of Paris, reconfiguring the gallery space while drawing from the codes of a still life.
Tinted in a purple, diffuse light, the space is interrupted by organically formed sculptures, Spores, hanging from the ceiling, which spread the sound frequencies of dying stars into the surrounding space. Openings in the gallery floor, filled with mud, sand rust, liquids and waste collected at the original shooting site near Tallinn of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's science fiction masterpiece Stalker (1979) pick up the film's exceptional sentiment. And MACHINE, a tree-like sculpture transforms into an autonomous entity, seemingly moving its limbs beyond any control. Thus, creating a landscape that seems to emerge from another world – a synthetic, supernatural, and disruptively unreal sphere – the installation offers a vision of a contemporary form of vanitas.
The two solo exhibitions of Loris Gréaud at Galerie Max Hetzler introduce the last part of the trilogy initially started in 2008 with Cellar Door (2008- 2011)1 and continued with The Unplayed Notes (2012-2017)2. At the same time, Galerie Max Hetzler presents a solo exhibition with new works by Thomas Struth at Bleibtreustraße 45 and the gallery's temporary exhibition space at Kurfürstendamm 213.
1. Cellar Door, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008), Cellar Door – Once Is Always Twice, ICA London (2008), Cellar Door - Never Shies Away From Adopting Bootleg Versions Of Itself Into Its Family, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen (2008/2009), Cellar Door – Best After The End, Museo de la Conservera de Murcia (2010), Cellar Door, Kunsthalle Wien (2011). Catalogue published for the occasion: Cellar Door, JRP Ringier (2011).
2. The Unplayed Notes, Pace Gallery, New York (2012), The Unplayed Notes, Yvon Lambert Paris (2012), The Unplayed Notes Museum, Dallas Contemporary (2015), The Unplayed Notes Factory, Venice Biennale (2017). Catalogue published for the occasion: The Unplayed Notes (2012-2017) – Gréaudstudio Editions (2018)