through June 9th 2012
Jonathan Viner is pleased to present Browns in Full Colour, an exhibition of new works by Nicolas Deshayes. Running intermittently along the tiled wall of the upstairs gallery is a series of five large polystyrene blocks fixed to mustard-coloured poles. The carved, rippled texture of Soho Fats (2012) refers to the filthy interior lining of a sewer pipe. Made from the same polystyrene material that often constitutes the most persistent debris, the panels appear deceptively solid: what seems heavy and dense is actually soft and fragile. While the circumference of the supporting poles would be familiar to any hand that has reached for balance on the London Underground, the rippled surfaces of the polystyrene look like the layers of congealed refuse that drip from the surfaces of another subterranean environment, the sewer systems further underground. The finish of the panels is the result of a manual process, though it appears surprisingly like a generic, digitally generated topography.