Maxime Lamarche "Les éléphants se cachent pour mourir"

3 Sep 2016 – 13 Nov 2016


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  • TER Rhône-Alpes / Vienne train station

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The work of Maxime Lamarche (b. 1988, lives and works in Saint-Chamond) immediately strikes the viewer by its impressive structures: his sculptural practice includes cutting and transforming cars and pleasure crafts to unfold them within space and thus assign them a poetic dimension.

In Vienne, Maxime Lamarche is taking hold of the Halle des bouchers space to propose a new installation, which echoes at the same time film set and post-industrial landscape elements. The title of this exhibition – “Les éléphants se cachent pour mourir” [“Elephants are hiding themselves to die”] – refers to the interest of this young artist for the icons of a consumer society that is today given a rough ride. It is also an observation: the one of a gradually unraveling world that desperately tries to maintain its standards.

The exhibited works recall several mythical objects belonging to the past century as these Accidents de surfaces, where the battered aspects of 1964 Chevrolet hoods subtly sketch a panorama that the car could have gone through. The landscape stereotypical representation is thus strongly questioned in the whole exhibition. Light signs, which usually adorn our urban lives, punctuate the visitor’s path: they are made of photographs mainly shot in deserts that have served as Westerns filming locations. Skillfully marrying the lower space of the Halle des bouchers, a wooden Jetty overlooks a sea of plastic residue (actually shredded cars bumpers), as many as contemporary waste that will become tomorrow’s fossils.


As part of the Journées Art Contemporain 2016 and the “Paysages, Paysage” biennial organized by the Département de l’Isère, the art center proposes two events: on Saturday October 15 at 3pm, a parents/children workshop, and on Sunday October 16, a discussion with Maxime Lamarche around the question of landscape, from Vienne to San Francisco.


Marc Bembekoff

Exhibiting artists

Maxime Lamarche


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