Cyril Lepetit: Planning

21 May 2010 – 20 Jun 2010

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Danielle Arnaud

London, United Kingdom

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Cyril Lepetit's work is about the intimate and the very public. It's about the things we want, the things we can do and the things that we do anyway. Paintings, sculptural elements, live actions and video works often articulate a journey through desire. For this exhibition he is presenting a series of works responding to the intimacy of the gallery, in a Georgian house, and the outside world. Technotrans, 2009, the starting point for this solo show, is a work developed between France and England: a sound based piece created with asylum seekers & refugees. The artist asked them to sing a song from their home country and an English one that they may have known before entering the UK. The recordings of their songs were then presented as a DJ mix in the back of a lorry at a truck transport industry convention in France, called Technotrans. The second part of the exhibition Mat & Rug & Pomegranates is a practical response to the comfortable Georgian house. Lepetit has rearranged the welcoming entrance hall of the gallery and has installed a double entrance corridor on the upper floor. These two routes mislead the visitor to artworks of pleasant appearance: the softness of a rug asking for a password, and a series of still lives influenced by a ‘drug dealer who now hopes to take on the Afghan opium growers by growing pomegranates.'


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