September 8 –
November 19, 2016
Camille Blatrix: Heroe

Opening reception: Thursday September 8, 6:30–8:30 pm

Most objects don’t make it. With time and neglect, most objects become used up and worn down. It happens to cars and to desks and to books and to clothes. It happens to nails and to bolts. It happens to buildings and to bridges. It happens to lungs and to teeth and to bones and to hearts. They fall short. They disappear.

One could (and some do) develop a type of attachment to objects. A certain sentimentality. A touch of pity, perhaps, but also a sense of tenderness, compassion, and even romance. Holding onto something destined to be lost is somewhat heart breaking.

Camille Blatrix’s objects are bittersweet—they are impeccably fabricated but fraught with emotional entanglement. The surfaces are scrutinized, the edges are caressed, each detail is perfected, and yet the metaphors remain abstract and the origin stories never clear. They seem to be the work of a lover, a dreamer, a carpenter, and an engineer all rolled into one.

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Camille Blatrix (b. 1984, Paris, France) lives and works in Paris.

This exhibition is curated by Anthony Huberman and organized by Leila Grothe. Made possible thanks to the support of the Lafayette Anticipation–Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States; the Consul General of France in San Francisco; and Galerie Balice Hertling.

Press:

Artforum, by Annie Godfrey Larmon
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Locker" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, Heroe, 2016; installation view, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Whast," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Whast," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Whast" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Whast" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Soul," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Soul," 2016; installation view, Heroe, 2016, Wattis Institute. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Soul," 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Soul," 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Soul" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.
Camille Blatrix, "Soul" (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Balice Hertling. Photo: John White.