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NICOLAS BOULARD
 
FOREVER YOUNG
KEREN BENBENISTY, NICOLAS BOULARD, BETH CAMPBELL, LIU CHUANG, AURELIE DUBOIS, CHOUROUK HRIECH, CIPRIAN MURESAN, VLADIMIR NIKOLIC, ANA PRVACKI, CLEMENT RODZIELSKI, SYLVAIN ROUSSEAU, STEPHANE VIGNY
 
10 chemicals colors, 2008, phytosanitary products on canvas, 130 x 125 cm
E120, 2008, cochineal dye on canvas, cochineal dye on canvas, 53 x 53 cm
E120, 2008, cochineal dye on canvas, sugar on canvas, 53 x 53 cm
CuSO4 (International bouillie bordelaise), 2008, cooper sulphate on canvas, 64 x 30 cm
 
Nicolas Boulard, who likes to think of himself as a thought hacker, penetrates systems or know-how and dislocates its structural components in order to suggest alternatives and other perspectives. At home with video-clips, digital photos and sculptures inspired by games, he questions the persistence with which symbols and images mark the conscience. He has a partiality for wine. As a genuine specialist, he produces wine projects, evocative of the radical tradition of contemporary art, for which the divine beverage becomes the material and the subject of choice.
Nicholas Boulard establishes a parallel between the worlds of art and chemistry by using various more or less harmful products from the wine industry: powdered sulphate, phytosanitary products, bisulphite, sulphur, colorants, sugar and wine. The sculptures and paintings he makes with these reprise historic works of modern and contemporary art such as Malevich’s White Square on a White Ground, Richter’s Colour Painting, the monochromes of Yves Klein, Dan Flavin’s tubes and Donald Judd’s cubes. The neon tube reminds him of the dip sticks used to sample wine, the colour blue reminds of him of copper sulphate, white sugar recalls the white square, the red square is Alizarine, and phytosanitary products are like pots of paint. Thus the artist infuses these iconic works with his own subjectivity, his own stories.
 
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ph. Rémy Lidereau