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Pierre Ardouvin presents "Ohlala"

Pierre Ardouvin, Ohlala, 2013, installation. Courtesy of the artist and Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles / Paris.

French artist Pierre Ardouvin’s exhibition Ohlala will be on display next month. Head over to the Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles from March 16 to May 11, 2019 to see Ardouvin’s exhibition in person.

Childhood keepsakes are widespread in Pierre Ardouvin’s works. Ohlala (2013) is an ode to a more innocent time-- that of the pride and trauma of losing a tooth. For his debut solo show in Los Angeles, Ardouvin presents a selection of new and recent works in which youthful objects like toys, costume jewelry, carnival rides, playground equipment, and family vacations factor prominently.

Ardouvin’s “Phrases” paintings are water-colored, representing the discardment of childhood objects. Similar to the sled in Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane, each fuzzy animal, miniature car, and limp marionette that Ardouvin paints is a “Rosebud.”

Placed in front of a blank background, either individually or in pairs, the nostalgic objects trigger memories. While some of these memories are pleasant, others can be haunting. Two particular sculptures made from toys “This story makes no sense. Very disappointed” and “A lot of fiction is intensely nostalgic” (both 2014), are made from actual toys and twinkles as they spin round and round, like totems from the realm of make-believe.

Pierre Ardouvin’s works have been shown at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the MAC/VAL (Vitry), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Fondation Jumex (Mexico), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the NMCA (Seoul), and are represented in numerous public and private collections internationally. Pierre Ardouvin has numerous monographic catalogues including Retour d’Abyssinie, published by La Banque in 2018; Helpless, by Villa Saint Clair Editions published in 2015; Eschatologic Park, published by Les Presses du Réel in 2010.

Pierre Ardouvin: Ohlala is on view Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00AM to 6:00PM.