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<i>PERSPECTIVES</i>

PERSPECTIVES, 2018

OIL AND ACRYLIC ON CANVAS AND WOOD

63 X 63 X 2.5 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

Born 1982, Montréal, Canada
Lives and works in Montréal and Los Angeles, CA

Nicolas Grenier received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA in 2010 and his BFA from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada in 2004. He also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. Grenier's work has been included in the 2015 Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial of Bruges in Belgium and the 2014 Biennale de Montréal at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. He has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, including Precarious Geographies at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montréal; Giles at Gagosian Gallery, Athens; The City And The City at Denny Gallery, New York; Promised Land Template at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted In Tune at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; The Work of the Work at University of California, Santa Barbara; Marginal Revolutions at KUAD Gallery, Istanbul; and Corner-Thru at Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne. His work is included in various corporate and private collections, including the Loto-Québec collection and the Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec. In 2016 Grenier was awarded the Prix Pierre-Ayot by the City of Montréal. Grenier is represented in the US by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

BRIEF CV

Born 1982, Montréal, Canada
Lives and works in Montréal and Los Angeles, CA

 

EDUCATION
 

2010             M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2004             B.F.A., Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
 

RESIDENCIES
 

2017             Fundación Botín / Workshop with Carsten Höller, Villa Iris, Santander, Spain
2016             Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
                     The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
2013             WARP Artist Village, Genk, Belgium
 

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
 

2018
"Dumbfounded Prophets," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 

2017
"Precarious Geographies," Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montréal, Canada
"Vertically Integrated Socialism," Centre CLARK, Montréal, Canada
 

2016
"What The Walls Believe," The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
"Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work," SIGHTINGS, curated by Katrie Chagnon, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada
 

2015
"Vertically Integrated Socialism," curated by Till-Holger Borchert and Michel Dewilde, Grootseminarie, Bruges Triennial of Art and Architecture, Bruges, Belgium
"Vertically Integrated Socialism / Preview," Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium
 

2014
"One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted In Tune," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Schémas / Assorted Templates," Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
"Promised Land Template," Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA
 

2013
"Downwelling & Shadow Spills," with Travis Diehl, ITP Space, Jackson, WY
 

2012
"Proximités / Proximities," Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
 

2011
"Communautés unies / United Communities," Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
 

2010
"An Age of Glory," with Rachel McRae, Katharine Mulherin, Los Angeles, CA
"Model Integrity," California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
 

2009
"Who Are You?," California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
 

2008
"Clinical Farm," LandymoreKeith Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
"Eden," Art Mûr Gallery, Montréal, Canada
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

2018
"Built-In," Navel, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
 

2017
"Focus: Los Angeles," curated by Santi Vernetti, Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Art Toronto, with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Toronto, Canada
"Voyons Voir," Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal, Canada
NADA Art Fair, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, New York, NY
"Transmission," curated by Pierre Ranou, Plein Sud, Longueuil, Canada
 

2016
UNTITLED Art Fair, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Miami, FL
Art Toronto, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Toronto, Canada
"Giles," Gagosian Gallery, curated by Artemis Baltoyanni, Athens, Greece
"IMPROMPTU," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"The City & The City," Denny Gallery at 150 E Broadway, New York, NY
NADA Art Fair, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, New York, NY
 

2015
Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial of Bruges, Bruges, Belgium
"Territoires imaginées, artistes de la collection Loto-Québec," Musée du Bas St-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Canada
"Moving Still / Still Moving," Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
 

2014
Biennale de Montréal: L'avenir / looking forward, curated by Gregory Burke, Peggy Gale, Lesley Johnstone, and Mark Lanctôt, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
"Chroma système," Centre Bang, espace Séquence, Rimouski, Canada
"Oeuvres Choisies (Sélection de la Collection Loto-Québec)," Maison de la culture Mercier, Montréal, Canada
Scope Art Fair, Galerie Art Mûr, New York, NY
"The Work of The Work," curated by Isabelle Le Normand, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
"Aftertaste," curated by Becca Lieb, Michael Richards and Tom Lawson, 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, Los Angeles, CA
"Color Consciousness," curated by Jay Lizo, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
"The Road," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"CORNER-THRU," Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, Germany
"Have you seen my privacy?," curated by Marco Franco Di Domenico and Tony Banuelos, Concord, Los Angeles, CA
"CORNER-THRU," London Art Fair, Union Gallery, London, UK
"CPOA Collection," Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Ville de Québec, Canada
 

2012
Toronto Art Fair, Galerie Art Mûr, Toronto, CA
"CORNER-THRU," Union Gallery, London, UK
"The Subterraneans," Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
"La Collection Loto-Québec s'expose," curated by Louis Pelletier, Musée d'art contemporain deBaie-Saint-Paul, Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada
"La collection branchée de M. Tremblay," Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal, Canada
"Created Worlds and Altered Histories," curated by Thomas Whittaker Kidd, JK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 

2011
"Between the Cracks (Picturing the Fourth Dimension)," curated by David Elliott, Centre Oboro, Montréal, Canada
"Mens-moi / Please Lie to Me," Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
"No Horizons," L.A. Pedestrians, Los Angeles Art Platform 2011, CO/LAB, Los Angeles, CA
"The Collective Show Los Angeles 2011 / L.A. Pedestrians," 995 & 997 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA
 

2010
"Home & Garden," curated by Tom Leeser, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, CA
"Box Scheme / CalArts 2010 Graduate Exhibition," curated by Ana Vezjovic Sharp, Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA
"Volume," collaboration with Melodie Mousset, curated by Andrea Neustein, AT1 Projects, Los Angeles, CA
 

SELECTED AWARDS / GRANTS
 

2017             Research and creation grant, Conseil de arts et des Lettres du Québec
2016             Prix Pierre Ayot, City of Montréal, Canada
                     Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2015             Research and creation grant, Conseil de arts et des Lettres du Québec
2014             Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2013             Research and creation grant, Conseil de arts et des Lettres du Québec
2012             Production Grant, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles
2011             Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2010-2011    Research and creation grant, Conseil de arts et des Lettres du Québec
2009-2010    Master's Research Scholarship from the Québec Society and Culture Research Funds (FQRSC)
2009             Alumni Special Funds Project Grant, California Institute of the Arts
2008-2009    Litvack Endowed Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts
 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
 

Caisse de dépôt du Québec
Collection Loto-Québec
Collection of the City of Longueuil
Collection of the City of Montréal
Concordia University, Direction of Financial Services
Facebook (mural commission)
Groupe Apollo
Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec
National Bank of Canada
The Progressive Art Collection
Royal Bank of Canada
 

PUBLICATIONS
 

2018
Letourneux, François and Twerdy, Saelan. Structures, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, edition of 500, Montréal, Canada
 

2011
Grenier, Nicolas and Hémond-Hotte, Annie. Question de principe, Matter of Principle, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
 

2010
Grenier, Nicolas and Mousset, Mélodie. Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio, artist book, edition of 200, Los Angeles, CA
 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

2017
Ruiz-Wilson, Marx. "Episode #5: Nicolas Grenier," Into This Podcast by, Oct. 27
Balzer, David; Anthony, Robin and Jackson, Corrie. "CONTEMPORATY WORKS / RBC Art Collection", Toronto, 2017, p.99
Clément, Éric. "Nicolas Grenier: le styliste du clivage," La Presse, Oct. 27
Hope, Maggie. "The vibrant landscape of our political climate," The Concordian, Oct. 17
Twerdy, Saelan. "Montréal Review: Summer in Darkness," Canadian Art, Jun. 27
"La collection d'oeuvres d'art de la ville de Longueuil," Longueuil, 2017, p.32-33
"Nicolas Grenier," Revue HB #5 / Structure, 2017, p.70-73, back cover
Pohl, John. "Québec artists to keep on your radar in 2017," The Montréal Gazette, Jan. 6
 

2016
Boemio, Camilla. "Curatorial Practises/Nuove prospettive, oltre le arti visive," exibart.com, Oct. 19
McLaughlin, Bryne. "Nicolas Grenier," Canadian Art, Fall 2016, Vol. 33, #3, p. 9, 132-133
Pohl, John. "Visual Arts: Acquire a piece of art by looking at it," The Montréal Gazette, Jul. 7
Clément, Éric. "Acheter une oeuvre avec du temps..." La Presse, Mar. 7
Dostie, Ali. "Le temps, c'est de l'art," Le Courrier du Sud, Jun. 22
 

2015
Gyula, Hegyi. "A vertikalis scocializmus," Népszava (Budapest, Hongrie), Nov. 02
Grenier, Nicolas. "Horizons / Objet dystopique / Vertically Integrated Socialism," L'officiel Art No. 15, Sep./Oct./Nov. 2015, p.148-149
Holst, Paoletta. "Brugge Als Megapolis (1)," ArchiNed, Jul. 21
"Vertically Integrated Socialism," Universes in Universe, Jul. 2015
Dominguez Uceta, Enrique. "Las viejas pierdas dan buena sombra," El Mundo, Jun. 1
Granda, David. "Laboratorio de ideas en Brujas," El Blog De El Espanol, Jun. 6
"Quebec's Art Stars from the Biennale de Montréal." Canadian Art, Spring
 

2015
Tousley, Nancy. "Canada's Biennale: Montréal's Star-Making Machine," Canadian Art, Spring 2015
Ishaque, Shaheda. "Nicolas Grenier," Triënnale Brugge, Apr. 30 (Video Interview)
Delgado, Jérôme. "Mouvements lents et desctructeurs," Le Devoir, Apr. 18
 

2014
Martinet, Benjamin. "La terre promise de Nicolas Grenier," Vie des Arts, Dec. 18
Danatt, Adrian. "The Perils and Pleasures of The Contemporary Biennale: Case in Point, Montréal," Artcritical.com, Dec. 8
Rhodes, Richard. "The 2014 Biennale de Montréal: More ir More," Canadian Art, Nov. 2
Zellen, Jody. "Nicolas Grenier and Lily Stockman," ArtScene, Nov. 8
"La biennale de Montréal," Radio-Canada, Chronique Culturelle, Oct. 20 (Television News)
Zhelezov, Yelena. "Bodies and Architecture: Discussing Super Studio, Atelier Van Lieshout, Colorfield, etc. in relation to Nicolas Grenier's current show at Commonwealth & Council, 'Promised Land Template,'" KCHUNG Radio, Apr. 22 (Radio Interview)
Wagley, Catherine. "5 Artsy Things To Do This Week in LA," LA Weekly, Apr. 16
 

2013
Wagley, Catherine. "5 Artsy Things To Do: Functionally Damaged," LA Weekly, Dec. 25
Bell Yank, Sue. "Concord Art Space: The Precarity of The Poets Nest Door," KCET Artbound, Nov. 22
Cooper, Josh. "Stepping Out: Grenier, Diehl study structures, systems at ITP Space," Jackson Hole News and Guide, Oct. 16, p. 10
"Art Is Where The Home Is," http://www.dwell.com/post/slideshow/art-where-home#4
Campbell, James. "Nicolas Grenier: Proximities," C Magazine, Iss. 117, Spring 2013, p.48
 

2012
Charron, Marie-Ève. "Paysages urbains hallucinés," Le Devoir, Nov. 24-25, p.E6
Malakoteron. "The Landscaping of Implosion," Beauty is Ugliness at Rest, Nov. 28
Pohl, John. "Extreme Doodler Creates Marvelous Mental Universes," The Gazette, Nov. 17, p.E7
Wray, Lauren. "The Introspective and the Aesthetic: Acclaimed Art Mûr Gallery Showcases Versatility and Dynamism in Seasonal Exhibit," The McGill Tribune, Nov. 12
Skene, Cameron. "The 'Pedestrian Plumbing' of Nicolas Grenier," Proximités / Proximities, Galerie Art Mûr, Vol. 8, No. 2, p.10 (Catalogue)

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