• Valentin Carron, Petite Prune, 2013, vinyl ink on tarpaulin, galvanized steel tubing, wire, 24 3/4 x 19 5/8".

    “Valentin Carron: Do Ré Mi Fa Sol La Si Do”

    Kunsthalle Bern
    Helvetiaplatz 1
    January 31–March 23, 2014

    Curated by Fabrice Stroun

    After his assured handling of the Swiss pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, Valentin Carron will now explore Europe’s midcentury modernist vernacular in this solo exhibition, his first to feature painting exclusively. The forty-some works included will be screenprints on industrial tarpaulin stretched across austere tubular steel frames, all executed in an idiom that suggests a kind of colloquial hard-edge, with “mistakes” left ostentatiously unconcealed. The referent? The rugged, cold material aesthetic of overland truck transport—an allusion, Carron claims, to his home canton of Valais in the country’s southwest. This winter in neighboring Bern, Carron adroitly poses as the native son—a Sunday painter singing solfège, albeit one cued to the beat of a different drummer.