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"Reefs to Rigs" at Sprüth Magers

Sprüth Magers is a gallery in Los Angeles across from the La Brea Tar Pits. In a new exhibit at the gallery this month, Cyprien Gaillard will present his work that plays on this intersection between urban industrialism and prehistoric matter. His photography, sculpture, and new film, “Ocean II Ocean,”  will show the cyclical nature of this interaction. Gaillard is a Parisian-born artist who now works out of Berlin and New York City.

His work often literally compiles natural and industrial materials, creating a stark opposition yet also a harmony between the two worlds. The human-made materials imitate natural formations, and vise versa.

The title of the exhibit, "Reefs to Rigs," is an homage to the project “Rigs to Reefs” which leaves decommissioned oil rigs intact in the ocean so that they may host new layers of coral and marine life. By reversing the title of the project, Gaillard imagines a cyclical reversal of this process. Water and shells are fossilized, and thus naturally become stone and fuel. These materials are, in turn, removed from the earth via human extraction and technology, only to be shipped around the world and then returned to a subterranean existence either in the walls of subway stations or as oil rigs on the ocean floor.

A public reception for the exhibit will take place on February 11 from 6-8pm.

Exhibition open February 11 - March 21, 2020. You can find more information here.

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