Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980)

Plants Won't Grow Here and Other Myths, Part 2 (2011)

Cyprien Gaillard's work manifests in a variety of forms from videos and photographs to collages and sculptures. In his work, he reflects upon meanings and memories of monuments and landscapes that have been erased and replaced by the effects of time and social and cultural transformation. The artist investigates time and historical remembrance as demonstrated in forgotten monuments, wrecked ruins, and artifacts. During his residency at the Hammer, Gaillard traveled around California discovering hidden ruins, destroyed landscapes and other remnants of the recent past. This exhibition will feature an installation of recent sculpture and a series of photographs produced during his residency at the Museum.