Exhibition

Cyprien Gaillard

2 May 2015 – 16 Jul 2015

Berlin, Germany

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Where Nature Runs Riot

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Cyprien Gaillard

Where Nature Runs Riot

May 2 - June 2015

Where Nature Runs Riot is an exhibition of new work by Cyprien Gaillard. The core of the show is a

major new film made by the artist over the last three years, and shot on locations in Berlin,

Cleveland and Los Angeles.

Through these locations, which have all featured in Gaillard's previous work, the artist reflects upon

ideas and phenomena that have held his interest since the beginning of his artistic practice: the disand

relocation of landmarks and vegetation, misguided urban planning and cultural vandalism, and

the anachronisms that constitute the world around us. Combining an advanced film technology with

a documentary visual language, Gaillard creates a hypnotic experience as a meditation on the

dynamics of history.

A new series of double-exposure Polaroids and sculptural works will also be exhibited on the first

floor of the gallery.

Moving between photography, film and installation, Gaillard embarks upon a search for artefacts,

monuments and architectural landmarks, as well as natural and urban landscapes that feature

historical or modern ruins in states of neglect or reconstruction. This process allows the artist to

investigate the effects and origins of social change. Entropy is an important theme for Gaillard: his

works allude to the forms and techniques of Land art and Process art. The subcultures and youth

movements that pervade public spaces also influence the artist. Gaillard transfers cultural materials

and symbols into other contexts, rearranging images and ideas to critically examine the history of

colonialism, thus inscribing his work with an enormous variety of cultural forms and symbols drawn

from sources worldwide. The artist then engages these to examine the forces driving destruction

and decay, as he observes and marks a continual disappearance of different cultures.

Sprüth Magers Berlin is concurrently presenting the solo exhibition The Symmetry Argument by

Marcel van Eeden.

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