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The Big Sleep : Hadrien Gerenton and Loup Sarion at Socrates Park

© Loup Sarion and Hadrien Gerenton

The Socrates Park celebrates on October 5th, 2019 the opening of “The 2019 Socrates Annual Exhibition”.

Each fall Socrates Park presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists awarded the Park’s Socrates Annual Fellowship. Produced on-site, these artworks engage the Park’s unique history, landscape, and surrounding community. Ranging from fantastical to anecdotal to pedagogical, this year’s artists use a variety of narrative strategies. Several artist projects examine storytelling’s many material manifestations.

On this occasion, Hadrien Gerenton and Loup Sarion, two French artists, will present 'The Big Sleep', an incongruous apparition for a New York City park—an enormous blue nose emerging like a hill from the ground. A translucent pink lizard sits at the threshold of one of the nostrils with its head engulfed inside the orifice. Evocative of multi-layered meanings of myths, fairytales, and origin stories, the piece invites both playful musings and psychoanalytic interpretations.

The exhibition is free and on view in Socrates Park in Long Island City until March 8th, 2020.


Born in 1987 in Lyon, Hadrien Gerenton lives and works in Rotterdam. Holding a degree from the Fine Arts School of Beaux-Arts in Paris (with Claude Cosky and Michel François studios), Hadrien Gérenton has exhibited at the Salon de Montrouge 2016, the Friche belle de Mai (Marseille), the Louis Vuitton Cultural Space (Paris), the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Paris) and the Carré Sainte-Anne (Montpellier).

Born in 1987, Loup Sarion lives and works in Paris. Holding a degree from the Fine Arts School of Beaux-Arts in Paris, Loup Sarion’s practice lies between painting and sculpture. The works’ overlapping textures relate to the slippery nature of language, specifically to the tongue. Sarion pays particular consideration to color, surface and texture, often echoing the phenomena of condensation, skin perspiration, and bodily fluids in his work.

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