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Nicolas Grenier

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ONE DAY MISMATCHED ANTHEMS WILL BE SHOUTED IN TUNE

ONE DAY MISMATCHED ANTHEMS WILL BE SHOUTED IN TUNE, 2014

OIL AND ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

72 X 57.5 IN

ARTIST STATEMENT

Nicolas Grenier's interest lies in the distorted connections between the many systems we inhabit—political, economic, cultural and social—and the principles (or absence of principles) at the root of these systems. His artworks, primarily paintings but also drawings, architectural installations, artist books and prints, translate these theoretical, philosophical problems into the visual or physical. He freely employs the language of architecture and diagrams to imagine models or structures that make explicit the absurdity and perversion that is implicit in the current neo-liberal social landscape. Such concerns may appear irreconcilable with the practice of painting. Is painting limited to self-referential lyricism and subjectivity alone, or can it also be used to propose a more analytical critique of societal and topical issues? Grenier raises this fundamental question in his work by combining symbolic and indexical elements such as architectural plans, color coding, text, arrows and legends, which refer to specific concepts and issues outside the canvas, while their meaning within the work remains relative to colors and shapes. How does the subtle aggressiveness of a warm orange glaze over a cold pink relate to the shift of meaning between two words such as "integration" and "assimilation"? This ambiguous relationship between content and form — as well as his own skepticism towards language — is a central concern in Grenier's work.

Occasionally, projects will take the form of architectural installations and become larger three-dimensional works. These often include modular elements and are conceived as interactive ways to explore some of the ideas in his paintings at a human scale, such as the integration of public and private space, and how dividing, opening or closing spaces affect social interactions and relations of power. Even though most of Grenier's works are openly critical and address societal and/or topical issues, he avoids making works that are unidirectional or moralizing. Instead he combines the analytical with the poetic, blending architectural rigor and psychedelic renderings, geometric abstraction and text elements, colorfield painting and diagrams. Ultimately, his interest lies in the potential of art to transform theoretical problems into visual systems where design, shapes and colors contribute to our interpretation of the content. In opposition with the traditional conceptual credo that the physical manifestation of an idea should not bear any "visual surplus" but limit itself to the strict requirements of the concept, Grenier believes in the possibility of visual content to affect us psychologically and slow down our experience with the work through contemplation, thus allowing a space for a more philosophical form of critical engagement.
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BRIEF BIO

Nicolas Grenier received his BFA from Concordia University (Canada) in 2004 and his MFA from CalArts (USA) in 2010. His work has been exhibited regularly in Canada, in the USA and in Europe. He lives and works in Los Angeles and Montreal, and is represented by galerie Art Mûr in Montreal and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, CA. Recent exhibitions include the 2015 Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial of Bruges, Bruges, Belgium; 2014 La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada; One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted In Tune, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Oeuvres Choisies (Sélection de la Collection Loto-Québec), Maison de la culture Mercier, Montréal; Promised Land Template, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; The Work of The Work, University of California, Santa Barbara; Building on Ruins, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; Color Consciousness, Torrance Art Museum; Untitled Tower/Brutalist Treehouse; Concord, Los Angeles; Corner-Thru, Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, and Union Gallery, London; and Proximities, galerie Art Mûr, Montreal. His work figures in the Loto-Québec collection, the Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (CPOA collection), as well as corporate and private collections.

BRIEF CV

EDUCATION
2008-2010
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2001-2004
BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
1999-2001
College degree in Studio Arts, Collège Édouard-Montpetit, Longueuil, QC, Canada

RECENT SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014
One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted In Tune, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles Schémas / Assorted Templates, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal
Promised Land Template, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles
2013
Downwelling & Shadow Spills (2 person exhibition with Travis Diehl), ITP Space, Jackson, WY 2012 Proximités / Proximities, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal

RECENT SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
2015 Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial of Bruges, Bruges, Belgium
2014
La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada Chroma système, Centre Bang, espace Séquence, Rimouski, Québec
Oeuvres Choisies (Sélection de la Collection Loto-Québec), Maison de la culture Mercier, Montréal
Scope Art Fair (Galerie Art Mûr), New York
The Work of The Work, UCSB Gallery, Department of Art, Santa Barbara
Aftertaste, Grand Central Market, Los Angeles, CA
Building on Ruins, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013
A Marginal Revolution, KUAD Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
For all intents and purposes, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
The Road, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Color Consciousness, Curator : Jay Lizo. Torrance Art Museum
CORNER-THRU, Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, Allemagne
Have you seen my privacy? Curated by Marco Franco Di Domenico and Tony Banuelos. Concord, Los Angeles
London Art Fair (Union Gallery), London, UK
CPOA Collection, Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec
2012
Toronto International Art Fair (Galerie Art Mûr)
CORNER-THRU, Union Gallery, London, UK
The Subterraneans, Torrance Art Museum
La Collection Loto-Québec s'expose, Curator : Louis Pelletier. Musée d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul
La collection branchéee de M. Tremblay, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal
Created Worlds and Altered Histories, Curator : Thomas Whittaker Kidd, JK Gallery, Los Angeles

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