Alexandre Lavet
Projects

La cigarette n'a pas le même goût au soleil


Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague (NL)
19.11.16 14.01.17

For his first solo exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Alexandre Lavet invites audiences to reflect on the exhibition space’s hidden structures, which can be understood by strolling and slow observation. For the viewer this implies a change of perception, taking responsibility of one’s own gaze and the impossibility of a brisk pace. The ‘residues’, ‘gestures’ and ‘acts’ that Lavet proposes are eloquent remnants of a mode of living. Gentle and ineffable, the artist’s whispered rumours divert attention from the objects usually presented in an exhibition space. Thus a (re-)sensitised relationship with the ‘White Cube’ and similar modes of presentation is being established. Singular and indescribable as a cigarette smoked in the sun, the enjoyment of the moment offered is an articulate and sentimental experience of emptiness, a discreet celebration of bare necessities and the subtle art of doing next to nothing.


⤷ Essay: Start Looking, a specially commissioned conversation with Yasmijn Jarram.


View of the entrance
Acte n°15: « Include a work by another artist », 2016 — Varnish spray on window – Variable dimensions (After neither, ‘A dream within a dream’, 2014-2016)
Exhibition view
Acte n°4: « Leave fingerprints », 2014-2016 – Graphite on wall – Variable dimensions
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All the good times we spent together, 2016 – Acrylic paint on aluminium — Variable dimensions
Acte n°21: « Place a winning ticket », 2014-2016 – Klavertje 4 lottery ticket – 6,4 x 10,1 cm
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Doekr_Katoen_Museo, 2016 – Graphite on folded paper — 8 x 13,1 x 2,4 cm
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Les oubliés, 2011-2013
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Eighty-four characters on a wall, 2016 – Transfer on wall – 2,7 x 8,6 cm
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All the good times we spent together, 2016 – Acrylic paint on aluminium — 11,6 x 6,2 x 9,5 cm
L’été Indien, 2016 – Baking paper – Variable dimensions
Acte n°14: « Change a neon for another colour than the one in the space », 2013-2016 — Philips TL-D 90 De Luxe 58W/965 – 120 x Ø 2 cm
Souvenirs, 2015 — Synthetic plaster – 16 x 8 x 1,5 cm & 8 x 8 x 0,7 cm
Exhibition view
A dedication to my mother, 2016 — Print on cotton, stiffener — approx. 18 x 40 x 22 cm
A dedication to my mother, 2016 — Print on cotton, stiffener — approx. 18 x 40 x 22 cm
All the good times we spent together, 2016 – Acrylic paint on aluminium — Variable dimensions
Les oubliés, 2013-2016 – Graphite, wood, acrylic paint — Variable dimensions
Exhibition view
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Les oubliés, 2016 – Synthetic plaster, Indian ink – 1 x 4 cm
Les oubliés, 2015 – Acrylic paint on wall – 5 x 2 cm
Les oubliés, 2016 – Synthetic plaster, Indian ink – 1 x 4 cm
Acte n°18: « Paint areas where artworks hung in a previous exhibition », 2016 — Acrylic paint & alkyde on wall – Forgotten dimensions (After works by Wieske Wester in the exhibition double you double you)
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La cigarette n’a pas le même goût au soleil, 2016 – Pastel on folded paper – 21 x 14,8 cm
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Hangslot, 2016 – Graphite on folded papers, staple – 8,5 x 2,6 x 6,1 cm
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A dedication to my mother, 2016 — Print on cotton, stiffener — approx. 25 x 30 x 20 cm
All the good times we spent together, 2016 – Acrylic paint on aluminium — 17,5 x 6,5 x 6,5 cm each
Les oubliés, 2015 – Acrylic paint on wall – 5 x 2 cm
A dedication to my mother, 2016 — Print on cotton, stiffener — Forgotten dimensions
Acte n°47: « The artist and gallerists keeping the exhibition leaflet with them for the exhibition’s duration », 2016 — Offset print on Munken Kristall paper
L’été Indien, 2016 – Baking paper – Variable dimensions
JAN.28,1989, 2016 – Acrylic on canvas, bubble wrap – 24 x 30 cm
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