Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Credac presents Mathieu Mercier. Sublimations exhibition

. February 21, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Credac presents Mathieu Mercier. Sublimations, an exhibition on view through March 25th, 2012.


Mathieu Mercier, View of the exhibition Sublimations, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, from January 20th to March 25th, 2012. From left to right : – Untitled, 2012. Black lacquered steel, basketball hoops, 10 PVC spheres, electric system, 340 x 170 x 170 cm – Untitled (bike/spray primers), 2012; Bike, sublimation print on Corian pedestal, 150 x 185 x 70 cm – Untitled (bench), 2012. Steel framework, two sections of PVC pipe, 80 x 292,5 x 70 cm. Photo : © André Morin / le Crédac. Courtesy of the artist.

Mathieu Mercier’s work is an indecisive crossing of the avant-gardes’ project, which attributes a practical value to the artistic object, with the Duchampian gesture that imparts a symbolic value to the object that normally serves a useful function. Mercier’s output constantly redefines the production modes of objects and their passage into the field of art. The project championed by modernity (De Stijl, Bauhaus) involved linking industrial mass production with the artist’s creativity and making design an integral part of everyday objects. Meanwhile, a century ago, Marcel Duchamp did the opposite, taking an object produced by industry and making it an inte- gral part of art, notably with his Bicycle Wheel (1913), considered the first readymade. One of Mercier’s favo- rite subjects is the particular relationship to objects that modernity introduced and how it is carried on today, where each of us in this part of the world possesses twenty times the

The Mercier show is divided into three distinct sections or galleries. First, there is the “museum” gallery (where the artist’s interest in supermarkets can be seen). Here Mercier continues to expand his creation of systems for producing associations of ideas. He associates objects of everyday use with depictions of tools for measure- ment, encyclopedia illustrations and pictograms inten- ded to convey directions or instructions. All of these representations are slightly distorted and printed on white Corian pedestals through a process known as sublimation. The artist’s depiction of different elements mischievously situates the works somewhere between science and esthetics.

Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac La Manufacture des Œillets 25-29 rue Raspail, 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine, France informations : + 33 (0) 1 49 60 25 06 email : contact@credac.fr www.credac.fr

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