In advance of his solo show at Lisson Gallery Milan (17 September–7 November 2014) the FRAC des Pays de la Loire plays host to Gerard Byrne’s first solo show in France, A Late Evening in the Future, from 5 July–21 September. In this exhibition – somewhere between installation and retrospective – the Irish artist brings a large number of major works produced over the last 10 years, including Hommes a Femmes (Michel Debraine) (2004), New Sexual Lifestyles (2003), A thing is a hole in a thing it is not (2010) and A Man and a Woman Make Love (2012).
Byrne has spent his career revisiting our cultural history: his carefully-documented film productions show public figures of the twentieth century – artists, writers, businessmen – discussing social and political issues of their day. Byrne looks to the media world of his youth (whether publications, television or advertising) for the raw material of his dialogues and conversations. This exhibition seeks to be an enigmatic twilight zone devoted to recollection, subject to a random and discretionary order. It is therefore up to the roaming visitor to reconstruct meaning out of the modernist narratives cleverly deconstructed by the artist.
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