Artist: Fredrik Værslev
Venue: CNEAI, Chatou
Exhibition Title: La constance du jardinier
Date: October 17 – December 5, 2015
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of CNEAI, Chatou; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photos by Nicolas Giraud.
Fredrik Vaerslev’s outdoor exhibition « La constance du jardinier », hosted by Cneai, is a site-specific installation conceived in symbiosis with the « Ile des Impressionnistes ». The Norwegian artist exhibits 20 of his famous Canopy Paintings in the forest near Cneai. These canvases, which were originally executed in 2012 but had never been shown before, will reach their final form after a two months interplay with weather, animals and surrounding nature.
The Canopy Paintings all have the same size (128 x 114,5 cm), they are spray painted, cotton canvases, imitating the canopies which protect and decorate houses in the suburban Scandinavia. According to Fredrik Vaerslev, canopies have a central place in the suburbs because they are the only way for poeple to customize standard houses they live in. These Canopy Paintings, originally all similar, will be distinguinshed and completed by the traces left upon them by nature. The canvases are painted with green, camouflage-like stripes, inspired by the repetitive floral and forestall patterned painting of Claude Monet. The title of the exhibition La Constance du jardinier is derived from John Le Carré’s famous thriller The Constant Gardener (2001).
The canvases will be photographed several times all along the exhibition. The photographies, which record the evolution of the canvases during the time spent on the island, will be published in a book.
Link: Fredrik Værslev at CNEAI