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Nicolas Grenier

Dumbfounded Prophets

March 31 - May 5, 2018

Nicolas Grenier We Hung Out Where Others Left Their Words, Unspoken And Forgotten, 2018

Nicolas Grenier
We Hung Out Where Others Left Their Words, Unspoken And Forgotten, 2018
Oil on canvas
84.5 x 104.5 in.

Nicolas Grenier Perspectives, 2018

Nicolas Grenier
Perspectives, 2018
​Oil and acrylic on canvas and wood 
63 x 63 x 2.5 in.

Nicolas Grenier Harm / Get Harmed / Give Up, 2018

Nicolas Grenier
Harm / Get Harmed / Give Up, 2018
​Oil and acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 in.

Nicolas Grenier Monuments, 2016-2018

Nicolas Grenier
Monuments, 2016-2018
​Oil and acrylic on canvas
60 x 75 in.

Nicolas Grenier The Growth, 2018

Nicolas Grenier
The Growth, 2018
​Oil and acrylic on canvas
40 x 50 in.

Nicolas Grenier Selected Absolutes (III), 2016-2018

Nicolas Grenier
Selected Absolutes (III), 2016-2018
​Oil and acrylic on linen
40 x 50 in.

Nicolas Grenier Mutual Exposure (II), 2018

Nicolas Grenier
Mutual Exposure (II), 2018
​Oil and acrylic on wood panel
40 x 30 in.

Nicolas Grenier Remembrance Pit (Memorial For Political Crimes), 2016-2018

Nicolas Grenier
Remembrance Pit (Memorial For Political Crimes), 2016-2018
​Oil on wood panel
16 x 22 in.

Nicolas Grenier More or Less Happy Camping, 2018

Nicolas Grenier
More or Less Happy Camping, 2018
Oil and acrylic on wood panel
14 x 11 in.

Nicolas Grenier Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2015

Nicolas Grenier
Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2015
Single channel video
43:00 min.

Press Release

Over the last eight years Nicolas Grenier's practice has evolved into an ecosystem that includes paintings, architectural installations, lecture-performances, and experimental economic models. In Dumbfounded Prophets, Grenier continues his ongoing exploration into the aesthetics of abstraction in relation to systems of power and its effects on the individual. Informed by his multidisciplinary approach, Grenier has integrated a meticulous crafting of color and pictorial space with a deft understanding of diagrammatic language sourced from architecture and design, management strategies, and theory. His new paintings relay concepts, experiences, and emotional states—in some instances presented within cryptic anecdotes and in combination with various strategies of organizing space—in order to communicate the complexities of mediated human experience. Grenier’s work also addresses the philosophical and moral dimensions 

inherent within political thought and action. He identifies moments when the attempts to control meaning through form expose ideological idiosyncrasies, revealing the honesty, absurdity, beauty, and pitfalls of rationalization and dogmatism. This idea is beautifully illustrated in a series of texts that circumscribe the margins of the painting Perspectives (2018) in which an unidentified narrator implores: 

DON'T GET SO ANGRY AT THEM, 
THEY'RE JUST CAUGHT UP IN A PERSPECTIVE THAT'S SO DIFFERENT FROM YOURS,
THEY DON'T SEE THE HARM THAT THEY'RE DOING. 

In Dumbfounded Prophets, Grenier situates art as a tool through which to consider the discrepancies between theory and practice.

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