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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Isaac Lythgoe, 'Let Me Show You the Sights' (2015). Install view. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Isaac Lythgoe, 'And we said look at that fucker dance' (2015). Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Isaac Lythgoe, 'The street finds its own uses for things' (2016). Install view. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Isaac Lythgoe, 'The street finds its own uses for things' (2016). Detail. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Isaac Lythgoe, 'The street finds its own uses for things' (2016). Detail. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender, 'Whatever is around us is in side us' (2015). Install view Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender, 'The Past’s All-Pervading Effect on the Present' (2015). Install view. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender, 'The Past’s All-Pervading Effect on the Present' (2015). Detail. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.
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Jack Lavender, 'Falling Waters' (2015). Courtesy the artist + Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.

Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016) documentation

, 24 June 2016

Never Land Alone, a two person show by Jack Lavender and Isaac Lythgoe ran from January 23 through February 27 in the mezzanine room of Paris’ Eric Hussenot. Organised by project space Exo Exo, the show and the space acted out a journey into what Lythgoe describes as “fantasy living”, realised as something of a scripted shrine.

With various items scattered across the room, occupying floor placements, ceiling spots and spaces that are made into thresholds, the hierarchies of installation seem muddled and it is at once immersive. The items in the duo’s environment include a novelty beer mug from ‘PARIS’, a bed headboard with an image of 90s film character The Mask printed over its leather surface, a burning joss stick, another headboard with Michael Jackson’s eyes peering through, and a Kenzo trainer box tucked behind a curtain.

Jack Lavender + Issac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesty the artists and Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo and Galerie Hussenot, Paris.

The two headboards create a space between them, further emphasised by the white net curtains that play the role of delicate walls in the middle of the space, revealing themselves yet alluding simultaneously to something more private.

Never Land Alone‘s press release is a text written by Lythgoe describing the mating rituals —and his feelings about them —of the male pseudoscorpion, whose claws shake and the male bowerbird, who carefully decorates his love nest with trinkets and specific items.

In plain sight in the gallery space a metal sculpture by Lavender and a transparent obelisk by Lythgoe sit and, according to the London-based artists who wrote to us about the show, “take up something of a dance, something like the first dance at a wedding”.**

Exhibition photos top right.

Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe’s Never Land Alone exhibition was on at Paris’ Galerie Eric Hussenot, running January 23 to February 27, 2016.

Header image: Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016) Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo and Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.