Mathieu Mercier - Ausstellungsansichten / Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris 2006

Mathieu Mercier

Mathieu Mercier’s work explores the relationship between contemporary mass-produced consumer objects and their aesthetic origins in early 20th Century art and design. He frequently employs common household and industrial materials to create his sculptural, photographic, and wall-based works. Mercier’s work often refers to utopian movements such as De Stijl and Russian Constructivism. One series of sculptures, titled ‘Drum and Bass’, recreates classic Mondrain compositions out of black DIY shelving and primary-colored household objects such as plastic bins, extension cables, and stationary folders. In ‘Plastic Anchors Wall’, Mercier again traces the use of primary colors from early Modernist art, through to their function as color coding for different sizes of screw anchors. By creating a dialogue between utopian art and design icons and contemporary mass-produced objects, Mercier highlights the evolution of the meaning of “modernity”, from a social project, to a capital gain. Born in 1970, Mercier lives and works in Paris.

Selected solo exhibitions: 2008 Galerie Lange & Pult, Zurich, Switzerland 2007 Mathieu Mercier (retrospective), Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France 2006 Chapelle des Penitents, Aniane, France   Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany 2005 A.N.X., Forde Contemporary Art Space, Geneva, Switzerland Art Koln, Adiaf, Cologne, Germany 2004 Garde corps, Place du marché, Hochfelden, France Ceramic attempts, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy La verrière, Hermès, Brussels, Belgium Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany Galeria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy Galleria comunale d’Arte, Faenza, Italy Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France Bethanien, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany Art Forum Berlin, Germany 2003 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France Le Spot, Le Havre, France Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA River Side Wall, Chouakri-Brahms Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2002 Centre d’Art Contemporain, Castres, France Galerie KREO avec Alain Bublex, Paris, France Galerie Chouakri-Brahms, Berlin, Germany Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Nominee Prix Marcel Duchamp 2003