From May 25 to July 13, 2013
Opening on May 25, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

Carsten Höller




We are delighted to present Carsten Höller’s fifth solo exhibition at Air de Paris.

The group of works making up Carsten Höller's fifth solo exhibition at Air de Paris, 'With', have been made 'with': with artist Philippe Parreno, architect François Roche, photographer Attilio Maranzano, perfumer Ben Gorham, model-maker Rigobert Nimi, taxidermist Yves Gaumetou and a pair of unnamed twins. The actual quantity of 'with' varies, however, falling within a range including additions to an existing work, authentic collaborations, and straight-out commissions.
At work from the moment the maker was chosen, the duality paradoxes are as evident in the exhibits as in the effects they produce: shifts in perception of reality, alteration of consciousness, generalised doubt, etc. Carousels, coloured animals, dwellings, mood modifiers, double images and twinning: all generators of the uncertainty of which Carsten Höller is currently one of the most effective exponents. His form of doubt is a proposal to go looking for utilitarian logic's emergency exit, a summons to an expedition searching beyond the burden of the present. Here he avoids presenting works made 'only by him' and deemed ready for public display; here he avoids the gesture of the great artist who knows and shows; here 'with' means a persistent doubt as to what the artist knows, as to what he is offering by avoiding the singularity of the creator and thus 'sullying' the work with more than one thought mode.

Carsten Höller exhibtited at Air de Paris (Nice) for the first time in 1991, in the Xmas Show. He recently had solo shows at MACRO (Roma), New Museum (New York), Hauptbahnhof Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Kunsthaus Bregenz and Tate Modern, Turbine Hall (London) … His work has been widely exhibited in venues including la Maison Rouge, Centre Pompidou, (Paris), Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, (London), MACRO (Rome), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane)… He also curated exhibitions at Le Magasin (Grenoble), Garage CCC (Moscow), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Leipzig) and Lux Galley (London).

Carsten Höller, So Alone (2012), Enel Contemporanea, photo by Davide Monteleone