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Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Other 3 Nominees to Prix Marcel Duchamp

There are four nominees at the Prix Marcel Duchamp this year. I've already presented a bit of Mircea Cantor's artworks. Here are the three others.

Guillaume Leblon, Le Grand Bureau, 2010
metal, plastiline, wood, glass, various materials
published by Caitlin Ruttle in Artlog
(courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff)

Visitors to a Guillaume Leblon exhibition should be ready to find their way blocked by a white cube that has crashed through the exhibition space (a piece titled Raum). The French-born artist manipulates perceptions of space and creates uncanny sculptures like L’arbre, a ginko tree with black and white leaves resting on wooden trestles. He has described his approach as follows, if you aren’t making art that challenges art, you aren’t making art that challenges you or anyone.

Damien Cabanes, Ceramics, 2006-2008
published by Caitlin Ruttle in Artlog
(courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eric Dupont)

For over twenty years Damien Cabanes has worked in figurative painting, sculpture, and drawing, refining subtle and restrained portrayals of his subjects. The oldest of the nominees, this French artist garnered a following in the early 1990s, and France’s St. Etienne Museum of Modern Art is currently celebrating his work in a retrospective exhibition comprised of 110 drawings, paintings, and sculptures created between 1990 and 2011.

Samuel Rousseau, Montagne d’incertitude, 2008
video projection
published by Caitlin Ruttle in Artlog
(courtesy of the artist and Galerie Guy Bärtschi)

Multimedia artist Samuel Rousseau has the unlikely ability to impart an eerie warmth and humor to digital artwork, often in surprising contexts like pharmaceutical blisterpacks containing tiny walking characters. Many of his pieces insert themselves into domestic settings, like the videos Rousseau has incorporated into shower drains, washing machines, and tapestries. Sometimes approaching the brink of kitsch, Rousseau comments on what Westerners hate to love about their culture. Stained glass fireplaces and animated wallpaper have given way to recent work examining the ironies of city life, currently on display at Parker’s Box in Brooklyn.

(Mircea Cantor)



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