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Valentin Carron, Tout près presque dedans (So Close Almost Inside), 2014, vinyl ink on PVC tarpaulin, galvanized steel tubing, metal wire, 35 1/2 × 29 1/2".

Valentin Carron

Kamel Mennour | Rue Saint-André des Arts

Valentin Carron, Tout près presque dedans (So Close Almost Inside), 2014, vinyl ink on PVC tarpaulin, galvanized steel tubing, metal wire, 35 1/2 × 29 1/2".

A direct translation of the title of Valentin Carron’s exhibition “L’Autoroute du soleil à minuit” yields “Highway of the Sun at Midnight.” The romantic-sounding phrase evokes a real highway, the 591-mile-long toll road from Paris through Lyon to the Mediterranean at Menton; francophone vacationers, their cars stuffed with beach towels and topped with parasols and folding chairs, call this road “l’autoroute du soleil.” The highway, the first section of which opened in 1960, was designed to serve an emerging European thirst for leisure and consumption. It is an appropriate reference for the artist as he mines the modern visual vernacular. Here Carron transformed the gallery space, literally piercing a false wall in Un mur cinq trous (One Wall Five Holes), 2015, while advancing the aesthetics of an imagined village somewhere in contemporary Western Europe. For example, he introduced

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