Camille Henrot
The Pale Fox
28 February 2014 – 13 April 2014
Opening: Friday 28 February

Chisenhale Gallery is pleased to present an ambitious new commission and the first UK solo exhibition by French, New York-based artist, Camille Henrot (b. 1978). Entitled The Pale Fox, this new installation develops from Grosse Fatigue (2013) – the film Henrot presented at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, for which she was awarded the Silver Lion for most promising young artist. Demonstrating the breadth of Henrot’s output, this exhibition comprises an architectural display system, found objects, drawing, bronze and ceramic sculpture and digital images.

The Pale Fox articulates our desire to make sense of the world through the objects that surround us. Unfolding like a frieze across the four walls of the gallery, a polymorphous aluminium shelf provides a structure wherein the four points of the compass are aligned with stages in an individual lifecycle, the evolution of technology, philosophical principles of Leibniz and the four Classical elements: fire, water, earth and air. This highly personalised aggregation of distinct systems of thought is presented through an intense accumulation of objects and images encountered within a highly constructed, meditative environment.

The title of Henrot’s exhibition is taken from an anthropological study of the West African Dogon people published by Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen in 1965. Dogon mythology is thought to incorporate the belief systems of several different cultures, as well as astronomical, mathematical and philosophical systems of thought. Within this meta-narrative, the character of the ‘Pale Fox’ represents disorder and chaos but also creation, bringing about the formation of the sun.

For Henrot, the fox is an ambivalent animal and a potential model for our primitive selves, thriving on waste and instigating a cycle from which accumulation and excess become productive again. Henrot is interested in entropy and disorder as fertile foundational principles in creative practice and the construction of knowledge. The Pale Fox reveals the element of disorder implicit in any system and the contradiction of this aspect of failure as a condition of its completion.

Exploring varying scales and chronologies, from the history of the universe to the universe of the artist’s studio, the exhibition becomes a model for information storage and retrieval  – rolled and stacked images become objects, and objects from museum collections are substituted with Ebay purchases and scrolling slideshows on digital picture frames. Henrot relates the construction of knowledge to haptic and sensual experience, reflecting our common desire, evidenced in spheres from the artistic to the domestic, to create model worlds of fantasy and symbolism as a means of inhabiting reality.

To download an interview with Camille Henrot about her exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, please click here.

To download the exhibition handout, please click here.

Camille Henrot (born 1978) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the New Orleans Museum of Art (2013); Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2013); kamel mennour, Paris (2012), Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2010). Group exhibitions include Companionable Silences, Nouvelle Vague, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); A Disagreeable Object, SculptureCenter, New York (2012); Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010). Henrot was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2010 and received the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013. She is shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the New Museum, New York, opening in May 2014.

The Pale Fox is commissioned and produced in partnership with Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, where the exhibition will be presented in 2014-15.

Camille Henrot’s exhibition is supported by Cass Sculpture Foundation; Shane Akeroyd; Fluxus, Franco-British programme for contemporary art; The Henry Moore Foundation and the Camille Henrot Supporters Circle.

With thanks to Calvert 22 for help with gallery lighting.

With thanks to kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin.

Chisenhale Exhibitions Partner 2014: Fiorucci Art Trust.

 

Camille Henrot

Untitled, 2016
Medium: Lithograph and digitally printed collaged elements on Somerset Satin White 300gsm
Dimensions: 54.6 x 42cm
Edition of 45 + 5 APs, signed and numbered

Standard price: £625 (unframed)
Chisenhale Friends’ price: £562.50 (unframed)*

*Please note that Chisenhale Friends price is available to those who have supported the gallery via the Benefactors scheme. For more information on the scheme please click here.


Chisenhale Gallery presents a limited edition artwork by Camille Henrot, the sixth in our annual series of ‘Archive Editions’.

The ‘Archive Editions’ series celebrates artists who have participated in Chisenhale Gallery’s historic 33-year programme. Archive Editions are specially produced limited edition artworks generously donated by the artists.
All proceeds contribute to Chisenhale Gallery’s future artistic programme. In 2011, Wolfgang Tillmans produced the inaugural Archive Edition, followed by Rachel Whiteread, Hilary Lloyd, Mark Leckey and Jordan Wolfson. Camille Henrot’s new work, Untitled (2016), commemorates her 2014 Chisenhale Gallery commission and first solo exhibition in the UK, The Pale Fox.

For Henrot, the construction of knowledge is as much a haptic and sensual experience as it is a cerebral one – we make sense of the world through interacting with the objects that surround us. Indicating the breadth of her practice, The Pale Fox comprised an architectural display system, found objects, drawing, bronze and ceramic sculpture and digital images. Together, these items represented multiple chronologies and scales, from the history of the universe to the universe of the artist’s studio, creating an environment that was at once chaotic and meditative, defined by order and disorder. The Pale Fox remains one of Henrot’s most critically acclaimed exhibitions to date.

Henrot’s new ‘Archive Edition’ for Chisenhale Gallery builds on her interest in disordered states, examining the cyclical relationship of construction, destruction and reconstruction. Untitled forms part of a series of works that Henrot made using water damaged paper stock affected by floods that hit her New York studio in 2014. The work documents Henrot’s attempts to counteract the flood damage with the use of ink and elements rendered through Photoshop effects, creating a layered and disconnected landscape of images. Untitled juxtaposes lithography and digital printing processes in an attempt to restore and reconstruct. Through this act of rehabilitation, she questions her lack of faith in technology’s remedial power. For Henrot, the utopian ideal of modern technology stands in contrast to its curative potential, especially when tasked with counterbalancing humanity’s environmental impact.

Camille Henrot was born in 1978. Henrot’s exhibitions history includes solo exhibitions at many international galleries and museums including: the MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Fondazione Memmo, Rome; New Museum, New York; Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin; New Orleans Museum of Art; and Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris. Following its presentation at Chisenhale Gallery, The Pale Fox toured to the exhibition’s partner institutions: Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; Bétonsalon, Paris; and the Westfällischer Kunstverein, Munster. Henrot has also contributed to numerous group shows including those at MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and SculptureCenter, New York; as well as Berlin Biennial and Sydney Biennial (both 2016), Lyon Biennial (2015) and 55th Venice Biennale (2013). She is the recipient of the Edvard Munch Art Award (2015), the Nam June Paik Award (2014) and the Silver Lion (2013). In 2017, Henrot will have a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien and a ‘carte blanche’ presentation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris opening in October.

Henrot lives and works in New York. She is represented by galerie kamel mennor, Paris; Metro Pictures, New York; and Johann König, Berlin.

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Camille Henrot

£30
Authors: Camille Henrot, Monique Jeudy-Ballini
Editors: Clara Meister, Kristina Scepanski, Michael Connor
Publishers: Koenig Books, London and Inventory Press, New York
ISBN: 9783863358303

Elephant Child
is a natural extension of the artistic practice of New York-based French artist Camille Henrot. Originated during an Artist Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, which laid the groundwork for her 2013 videoGrosse Fatigue and the subsequent installation The Pale Fox(2014–15), Elephant Child represents the culmination of a long-term inquiry into the human effort to make the universe comprehensible. The book contains an original text by Henrot written with Clara Meister and Michael Connor, documentation, sketches, and research materials. An interview between Henrot and social anthropologist Monique Jeudy-Ballini offers insight into Henrot’s characteristic approach of knowledge production and organization. Ultimately, the book is an object of high universalist ambition—devoid of authority, creating instead a vivid prismatic image of the realm of thought.

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

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    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk



The Pale Fox: Shanay Jhaveri leads a tour

Saturday 22 March, 2pm

A tour of Camille Henrot's exhibition by writer and curator, Shanay Jhaveri.
This event is free to attend but booking is advised. Please contact mail@chisenhale.org.uk to reserve a place.

Yuki Okumura Workshop

Saturday 12 April, 3 – 4pm

A workshop for children aged 4 to 7 years old led by artist Yuki Okumura as part of his ongoing project, Anatomy Fiction. Okumura will lead participants in an activity to visualise the inside of their bodies and create life-sized drawings of their imaginary anatomy for a special one-day exhibition on Sunday 13 April.
This event is free to attend but booking is advised. Please contact mail@chisenhale.org.uk to reserve a place.

Camille Henrot

Silkscreen onto Colorplan 270gsm paper
2 prints, 48 x 28 cm
Edition of 60 + 5AP

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Chisenhale Gallery is pleased to present an ambitious new commission and the first UK solo exhibition by French, New York-based artist, Camille Henrot (b. 1978). Entitled The Pale Fox, this new installation develops from Grosse Fatigue (2013) – the film Henrot presented at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, for which she was awarded the Silver Lion for most promising young artist. Demonstrating the breadth of Henrot’s output, this exhibition comprises an architectural display system, found objects, drawing, bronze and ceramic sculpture and digital images.

To accompany the exhibition Camille Henrot has produced a new limited edition silkscreen print titled Working/Resting, 2014. Presented as a dyptic, the two gestural ink drawings depict a figure at work hunched over a laptop screen, juxtaposed with a figure resting also in front of a laptop. According to Camille Henrot the edition, as the exhibition, is referencing the binary logic that the individual has to choose between one activity or the other. Working and resting, despite being perceived different, secretly are not really separated. In present society both acts are connected with the digital technologies and are productivity oriented.

Camille Henrot (born 1978) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the New Orleans Museum of Art (2013); Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2013); kamel mennour, Paris (2012), Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2010). Group exhibitions include Companionable Silences, Nouvelle Vague, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); A Disagreeable Object, SculptureCenter, New York (2012); Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010). Henrot was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2010 and received the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013. She is shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize 2014.

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk



Camille Henrot
Saturday 22 March

Saturday 22nd March 2014
A tour of Camille Henrot's exhibition by writer and curator, Shanay Jhaveri.

Friday 28th February 2014 at Tate Modern
A screening of recent films by Camille Henrot, including Grosse Fatigue (2013), at Tate Modern's Starr Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the artist and Dan Fox, Co-Editor of frieze magazine.

A screening of recent films by Camille Henrot

Friday 28 February, 7pm

A screening of recent films by Camille Henrot, including Grosse Fatigue (2013), at Tate Modern's Starr Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the artist and Dan Fox, Co-Editor of frieze magazine.
This event is produced in partnership with Tate Modern, tickets are £5 (concessions available) and can be purchased directly from Tate. Please click here for details.

The Pale Fox: Coffee Morning

Thursday 13 March, 9 – 10.30am

A coffee morning and special viewing of Camille Henrot’s exhibition. Cakes are generously provided by the East End Women’s Institute.