Cyril Lepetit

Salade Monochrome

Salade Monochrome
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Sensibility out of space

While in residency at the Château de Sacy, Cyril Lepetit has developed a new body of work following his research in displacement, desire and space sensibility.

Lepetit guides his audience through a journey. A ‘mise-en-scène’ of clues leads to an open and infinite game of hide and seek with the artist’s work.

An image, icon, symbol: the lettuce is reproduced, duplicated, copied. A tautological gesture, central in the exploration of the subject/object, is displaced, replaced and misplaced. The reproduction becomes obsessive, meticulous; versions of the same appear and disappear - Which one is the original?

Nature and artifice, outside and inside, merge together in a constellation of medium and matter - neon light, painting, drawing, plaster... Desire emerges as essential in Lepetit’s work, a seductive and true sentiment. Eagerness and fascination, not in a poetic sense but within the search of nature, are at the essence of human beings. Desire is suggested in hints at the encounter of the work.

The artist uses a rhythm in three different times, three colours that punctuate the audience’s journey through the residency, developing a space sensibility - a full circle is made, referring to the play on colours from the film Blue by Derek Jarman (1993) where the eye is misled by the narrative.

Lepetit links histories from a place to an object - an image that transforms and morphs within a location and becomes a memento. He displaces with brio a common imagery to an uncommon area and state, to create a shared sensitive story.

Anne Duffau

Excerpts from a conversation between Cyril Lepetit and Guy Brett, on his exhibition “Planning”, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, 2010

I’ve been aware of Cyril’s work since he came to London. I met him in two contexts: one is his own work which is challenging and every time different, you know, he has never settled into a style or subject matter or anything that can be falling into a habit. And the other thing I realised is he’s been very supportive of other artists, facilitating them to make exhibitions through his organisation which is called International Exhibitionist.

I really like this exhibition a lot and I mean kind of instinctively, I didn’t immediately have explanations for what I was feeling, it had a strong impact on me. I didn’t know what to expect. So one enters the exhibition completely ready for anything and having seen it I thought you were doing something particularly interesting which was to preserve this as a home – it still has a lot of traits of a home rather than an art gallery – and at the same time it’s an extremely artificial and well-constructed installation. And actually there do remain one or two mysteries for me – by the way, being mystified is a pleasure, I mean it’s not a problem – I was kind of mystified by the role of those rather exquisite small paintings which are part of the installation.

Well, another mysterious thing was that there was an ambiguity about what belonged to the house and what belonged to your show…

Previous Work


Plywood, 2010

After Love

After Love, 2008

Magic 2

Magic 2
Partially-burned plywood, 2013

Cyril Lepetit Cyril Lepetit uses various media in his work, including drawing, painting, digital photography, sculpture, sound, installation and performance. Born in Cherbourg in 1970, he studied at Ulster College of Art in Belfast (1993), and obtained his Masters at the Caen Ecole des Beaux-arts in 1995. He then lived in Paris until 1998. Following stays in Taiwan and Japan, he moved to London in 2000 where he now lives and works, exhibiting his work in the United Kingdom and around the world. E-mail: Web: Solo Exhibitions


(curated by Anne Duffau, A-Z Project), Enclave Deptford, London


Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London


(curated by La Valise), Salon du Transport Routier, Labeaujoire, Nantes

Studio visit

, Curzon Soho Cinema, London untitled personal exhibition, E:vent Gallery, Bethnal Green, London

Moving in Architecture

(Artist’s Studio), Camden Arts Centre, London

Naïve exhibition

(curated by Andre Stitt), Trace Gallery, Cardiff

Respectful Infidelity

(curated by Gilles Forest), Wharf, CAC Basse-Normandie


Galerie de l’école supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg


(curated by Mai Ghoussoub & David Medalla), Kufa Gallery, Westbourne Grove, London Biennale

Made in Taiwan

(curated by Liu-Yung Hao), Whashang-Art-District, Taipei, Taiwan

Pulsion Partielle

(curated by Sylvie Zavatta), FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen


(curated by Yveline Lecuyer), Galerie des enfants, Artécole, Hérouville Saint-Clair Group exhibitions, video screenings & performance (selected)


(curated by Katia Feltrin), Atelier des Vertus, Paris

Compounds of a Prism

(curated by Adam Nankervis), Another Vacant Space, Berlin, Germany

Art After Love

(curated by Dean Kenning), Contemporary Art Research Centre, Kingston University, London


International selection (curated by Jean-Pascal Vial), Théâtre Jacques Coeur, Bourges

I Can’t Live On Vitriol Alone!

(curated by Cecilia Wee), Live Art Development Agency, London

Sold Out

(curated by Dej Fabic), Elastic Residency, London

Coalesce: Happenstance

(curated by Paul O’Neill), Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Coyotte Pizza

, La Valise, Nantes

The Wharf Road Project

(curated by Colm Laly), V22 & E:vent Gallery, The Wenlock Building, London

Le temps retrouvé

(Homage to Marcel Proust; curated by Pierre-Stéphane Proust), Grand Hôtel de Cabourg

Art Pie international

(curated by Yu-Chen Wang), Kunstvlaai Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Seduced: Sex and Art from Antiquity to Now

(Quickie programme curated by Christine Stewart), Barbican Art Gallery, London


(curated by Sergio Edelsztein) Tel Aviv Center for Contemporary Art, Israel

Dimensija 0.99

(curated by Linas Liandzbergis), Tauro Kalnas, Dimensija & CCA Vilnius, Lithuania

Two Hopes

(curated by Andro Semeiko), Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Georgia

Un R_ en commun

(curated by Laurent Moriceau), Galerie RDV, Nantes

Centrefold & We have Lost Our Soul and Mind

(curated by Reza Aramesh), Zoo Art Fair, London (Tate collection)

Du Mayrau

(curated by Martin Zet), Museum Mayrau, Kladno, Czech Republic

+ si affinité

(curated by Pascal Pique & Patrick Tarres), Afiac & Les Abattoirs, Toulouse

Free play

(curated by Kjetel Bjorheim), Hå Gamle Prestegard, Contemporary Art Centre, Stavanger, Norway

Metropolis Rise: New Art from London

(curated by Temporary Contemporary), Dashanzi, Beijing, China International Art Festival (DIAF), 798 Space, Beijing & Design Center, Shanghai, China

TRACE archive [2000-2005]

(curated by Andre Stitt), Franklin Furnace, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Daily Noise

(curated by Vibrö), LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA

London in Six Easy Steps: Part 4

(curated by Guy Brett & David Medalla), ICA, London
Rencontre International d’Art Performance, Le Lieu, Centre Art Actuel, Quebec, Canada

Insula Ovinium A Journey to the Isle of Sheppey (Island of sheep)

, Rockhouse Gallery, Isle of Sheppey, Kent


(curated by Joel Hubaut & Sylvie Froux), FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen


(curated by Irma Optimist), Taidehalli Museum, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland

Arte in Transito

, Centro Nazionale di Drammaturgia (curated by Alfio Petrini), Rome, Italy

The Burger King Exhibition

(curated by Antoine Catala), Burger King Whitechapel, London

Sculpture Génétique

(curated by Jacques Lizène), Art Concept Gallery, Paris


(curated by Sylvie Ferre), Les Subsistances, Centre d’art contemporain, Lyon

Art Action Actuel

(curated by FA3), Studio 303, Montreal, Canada


(curated by Sandra Patron), Triangle France, Marseille & 3015 Paris
NIPAF (Nippon International Performance Art Festival), Kid Ailack Hall, Meidaimae, Tokyo, Japan

Hommage à l’Objet-Dard

(curated by Stéphane Moraux), Espace Volga, Paris

Groomets show

(curated by Jean Dupuy), Parc de Vincennes, Paris

Conference on the Move

(curated by Karen L Vaughan & Susan Philipsz), Catalyst Art Gallery, Belfast


(curated by Bob Lens), Gallery Cornelius Hertz, Bremen, Germany

Polyphonix 27: Souvenir du XXème siècle

(curated by Joel Hubaut & JJ Lebel), Centre Culturel Hippolyte Mars, Cherbourg Artist’s Books


. Published by A-Z (Anne Duffau),

Cyril Lepetit: Respectful Infidelity

, 250 pages, colour, French & English. Published by Frac & Wharf centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie. Texts by David Medalla, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Pierre Giquel, Liu-Yung Hao. ISBN 2-909127-37-0. Publications (selected)

Day of The Nones

, Anne Duffau, A—-Z

E:vent Archive and Related Material 2003-2011

, Ed. Colm Lally

Wharf: Catalogue 10 ans d’activité

, Centre d’Art contemporain Normandie

Sexes à bras le corps

, Inter Art Actuel (Canada), Special Edition
Recorded discussion by Tony Grisoni with art critic Guy Brett on the exhibition



Coyotte Pizza

, published by La Valise (DRAC Pays de La Loire), text by Pierre Giquel & Fred Emprou


, published by Basement art project, text by Alasdair Duncan Discussion on own practice with artist Flavia Muller Medeiros, IUAV Venice

+ Si affinité

, published by Afiac et les Abattoirs Toulouse, text by Pascal Pique


, published by Centre National des Arts Plastiques, text by Christophe Donimo & Leonor Nuridsany

Metropolis Rise: New art from London

, published by Article Press

Trace Installation Artspace

, published by Seren Books, text by Jimmie Durham, André Stitt & Heike Roms

Doc(k)s Nature

, published by Akenaton, Centre National des Lettres de Corse

L’acte pour l’art

by Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, published by Editions Al Dante

Rencontre internationale d’art performance

, published by Inter editeur, texts by Sonia Pelletier & Richard Martel

The Burger King Exhibition

by Antoine Catala, published by London Guildhall University

FIX02, Performing the City

, published by Catalyst Arts Gallery, texts by Helen Sharp and Brian Patterson


, published by Triangle France, text by Sandra Patron

NIPAF 2000

, published by NIPAF, The Japan Foundation & Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for Art and History, text by Seiji Shimoda

Made in Taiwan

, published by Washang Art District and Y2K, text by Liu-Yung Hao Education
Masters in Fine Art, École supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg (Félicitations du Jury - Gerome Delormas, Pierre Giquel & Philippe Boutibone).
Ulster College of Art, Belfast (Erasmus)