Photographic and installation artist Christophe Piallat brought his organic, delightfully strange artwork to Pasadena in his solo exhibition, What Lies Inside, Stays Inside. Christophe has created an evolving gallery (that doubles as his studio) that captures light in fantastical and experiential ways.
Using foil, paper, plastic, and water to manipulate light, Christophe constructs installations that reflect on his photographic and scenic building background to create otherworldly geological formations. We attended his “Fall Sol Night” event last week, which celebrated the progression of the sun’s fade toward the southern hemisphere and our human need to add artificial light in the face of a darkening sky. “Aliens” walked around the space that evening, while interesting music (by That Cosmic Echo) played on the background.
You can stop by to see Piallat’s work any time the door of the studio is open, which is often because he works long hours each day. The studio is in the corner store of Canterbury Records (Hudson Ave. and Colorado Blvd.) and the exhibit will continue through December. There is no admission fee and the visit will take you just a few minutes. It’s something you could easily do, for example, in combination with your next trip to Target, which is just across the street. Even before you enter the place make sure to look up, over the roof, where apparently an alien ship has landed. Once you understand that much, what you’ll see indoors should appear perfectly reasonable.
It’s a fun visit into Piallat’s imagination. Learn more about this artist at http://www.christophepiallat.com
Photo: A couple of space ladies and the artist, Christophe Piallat. Dena Burroughs photo.
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