31 January 2013

Nicolas Deshayes

"Nicolas Deshayes’ sculptural installations use materials such as stainless steel and PVC to embrace the glossy aesthetics of 21st century design.  Despite such fascinations, his works maintain a human presence in the forms of glutinously rich, bodily allusions, which engage with materials in ways that distort the ordinary."- Jonathan Viner Gallery
Deshayes states, "I create hybrid sculptures that gather multiple familiar cultural and stylistic references in a way that leads to a strange sense of hyper-materiality." See more;

It was beautiful to see irl Nicolas' Vanille piece in a recent group exhibition at Cell Space Project curated by Attila Fattori. I appreciated to see the texture and relief onto the vacuum-formed plastic, this three-dimensional forms and the bright and glossy aspect reminded me a lot of digital based textures, so the "hyper-materiality" state that Nicolas generates it's pretty good. By the way it was a great exhibition featuring works by several artists I like, there is a review about the exhibition at Rhizome.

Nicolas Deshayes is exhibiting a new work created this year in a group exhibition in London, at Jonathan Viner Gallery until next February 16.  More info here.

Slugs, 2012 
Annodised aluminium, vacuum-formed plastic

Browns In Full Colour, 2012
Polystyrene, aluminium and powdercoated steel - Annodised aluminium, vacuum-formed plastic.

Vacuum formed plastic, powder coated aluminium, neoprene foam

Vanille, 2012
Vacuum-formed plastic, zinc-plated steel, alumium and neoprene foam