Strange shelters in a miniature tower above a post-apocalyptic universe by Simon Laveuve

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April 12, 2022

Grace Ebert

“The Ultimate Journey” (2021), mixed media, 25 x 25 x 62 centimeters, 1/35th scale. All images © Simon Laveuve, shared with permission

Stained with graffiti and pockmarked with rot, the dilapidated structures of Simon Laveuve imagine an eerie haven in a post-apocalyptic world. The Paris-based artist (previously) creates miniature shelters on wooden support beams or atop grassy hills that rise high into the air, appearing to offer refuge from below. Constructed as assemblages of worn materials, vintage signs with peeling paint and a stock of everyday objects, the mixed media sculptures imagine a landscape where only the vestiges of life remain. Laveuve writes about his 2021 work “The Island”:

There is the world of yesterday, but today has destroyed it to build the world of tomorrow… This is where tomorrow lives, on the island of the Resurrection. At the heart of the abyss, there are refuges hoisted, like the standard of hope. Perched ever higher, with the secret ambition to reach the dreamy sky, the wandering clouds, and discover freedom.

Some Laveuve vertical environments are included in the next small is beautiful exhibition in London – if you are able to visit you will also see artists previously featured on Colossal such as Vincent Bal and Juho Konkkolaand he also has a show scheduled for September in France. Until then, follow Laveuve’s practice on instagram.

Detail from “The Ultimate Journey” (2021), mixed media, 25 x 25 x 62 centimeters, 1/35th scale

“Tomorrow is far” (2022), mixed media, 34 x 40 x 50 centimeters, scale 1/35th

“The Island” (2021), mixed media, 35 x 35 x 70 centimeters, scale 1/35th

Detail of “Tomorrow is far” (2022), mixed media, 34 x 40 x 50 centimeters, scale 1/35th

Detail of “The Island” (2021), mixed media, 35 x 35 x 70 centimeters, scale 1/35th

“Barrier gesture” (2022), mixed media, 25 x 20 x 25 centimeters, scale 1/35th

#apocalypse #miniature #mixed media #sculpture

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