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- Valentin Carron
- Homo Faber (torbido)
- tiflex on tarpaulin, galvanized steel tubing, plastic straps
- 193 by 153 by 4cm.; 76 by 60 1/4 by 1 1/2 in.
- Executed in 2012.
Valentin Carron is from Switzerland, a country of deeply rooted traditions. His work explores those traditions, probing how they function in an age of increasingly globalised consumerism. He takes symbolically charged images and wittily reformulates them to expose their originality – a word that now sounds rather hollow in our globalised world. Carron uses art in an intelligent way to challenge traditions, expose their identity and connect them with life today. It turns out, for example, that the Alps were ‘invented’ around 1900, when Switzerland profiled itself at the World’s Fair and struck a chord that launched the tourism industry. In the 1930s and 1950s the Swiss went a step further inventing what Valentin Carron calls ‘Heidiland-style’. Sentimentally or not, he unravels, investigates, and dissects this style in search of its ironic core. He reconstructs the special, artfully manufactured glass walls with which wealthy Switzerland got such an attention back in the 1950s. His goal is to remove the very last veil of sentimentality and give the viewer a cool, analytical version of reality - art as analysis.