Material world

Italian-born artist Tatiana Trouvé’s recalls journeys, both spiritual and physical, for her first Los Angeles exhibition at Gagosian

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The realms of nature, street, studio and dream collide in Tatiana Trouve’s bewitching exhibition of new sculpture and drawing at Gagosian in Beverly Hills. In the series Les dessouvenus (2013–ongoing), the Paris-based artist first douses large sheets of coloured paper into bleach before drawing ‘environmental dramas’ atop the stained surface in pencil. Similarly, The Great Atlas of Disorientation (2019) echoes the surreal bleached effects of the previous series, this time rendered in watercolour, recalling mushroom clouds in one work, or smoke and halos in another. Elsewhere, Trouvé opens portals to unseen worlds in The Shaman (2018), a life-size bronze cast of an oak tree partially plunged in a pool of water, a muddied tangle of roots trickling beneath the ruptured concrete floor. A stack of patterned cushions – carved in marble, granite and onyx – sits limply in the water, the installation poised between decay and new life, debris and growth. Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Film courtesy of Gagosian.

‘On the Eve of Never Leaving’, until 11 January 2020, Gagosian Beverly Hills.

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