VALENTIN CARRON
Lives and works in Fully Valais, Switzerland

Valentin Carron deals with the iconography of Swiss vernacular culture. Objects, images, symbols and traditions
of rural culture are injected with a certain sense of humour. The perception of a sheer and perfect Switzerland –
ideally symbolized by its mountains, chalets, forests and churches – is in a subversive way the object of
celebration and critique. This is through a reproduction strategy by which his cross-shaped sculptures combine
religious vocabulary and minimal abstraction liberating the object from its usual sense. While the artist plays
with authenticity, craft, ready-made, commemorative monument and kitsch aesthetic – with works such as frame
angles without architectural purpose or polystyrene-made twisted columns – his creations remain too
ambiguous to embody a unique ideology.


SELECTED Solo Exhibitions

2007 Valentin Carron, Kunstalle, Zurich

2006 Solid Objects, with Mai-Thu Perret, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

2005 RELLIK, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, CH
Solid Objects (Maï-Thu Perret et Valentin Carron), Centre d'Art Contemporain, Genève, CH
Fer de Lance, Francesca Pia, Bern , CH
Hip hip you're raw, Galerie Alimentation Générale, Luxembourg, L

2004 Le Mal Nécessaire,Valentin Carron, Charles-François Duplain, Porrentruy, FR
Land Crusade,  Galerie Evergreen, Genève, CH
Art Statement, Art Basel 35, Basel, CH
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006 Dans les Alpes, Kunsthauss, Zurich, CH

2005 La piste noire, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, FR
OK/OKAY, curated by Marc Olivier Walher, Swiss Institute, New York, NY, USA
We really have to strain ourselves to still discover mysteries on street signs, Centre for Contemporary Art,
Warsaw (PL), curated by Philip Kaiser
Enchanté Chateau, commissaire C. Bernard, Chateau d'Arenthon, Fondation Salomon, Alex, FR

2004 Früchte dich, Helmaus, Zurich, CH
Genesis Sculpture, Experience Pommery #1, Domaine Pommery, Reims, FR
Homo Social, Champion Fine Arts, New-York, NY, USA
Dalla Gina Allo Spazio,  Lugano, I
It’s All an Illusion’, Kunstmuseum Migros, Zurich, CH

2003 "Mursollaici", Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, FR
In diesen Zeiten c'est le moment, Centre PasquArt, Bienne, CH
Fink Forward , Kunsthaus, Glarus, CH
Biennale de Prague
Kontext, Form, Troja Secession, Vienne, A