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Left, right. Rigo 23’s wall paintings on the silos outside La Sucrière state the obvious: there’s no getting round the fact that the silo on the left is well and truly on the left, and the one on the right on the right. Unless you turn round, of course, in which case it’s the opposite. Turning round: the minimal experience that casts doubt on the strictly relative values of our certainties. The choice of the terms "left" and "right" and the broad sweep of their meaning – as malleable as it is extensive – is no accident: are we talking about a slogan, a directive, a logo, an information byte or a straightforward pleonasm? Rigo 23’s works impose no decision: like a gap on the assembly line, they signal a poetic pause: left, right, the ground, the moon – all anodyne assertions that will be grist to everyone’s individual mills. This artist uses different media and different scales according to the work in hand. In addition to the silo pieces, he will be at La Sucrière with a map of Lyon that only a surveyor like him could have come up with, together with a further work on Place Charles Bérodier, between Part-Dieu station and the nearby shopping mall, and the back of the Bichat Warehouse.

With the support of C’PRO Lyon/CAPAROL / With the support of Ministry of Culture, Portugal/Directorate- General of the Arts

RIGO 23
Gauche droite, 2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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