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Mathieu Mercier

Born in 1970 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Mathieu Mercier is a French painter born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in 1970. He lives and works in Paris. He holds a degree from the École nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges and the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques of Paris.

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.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Villa Merkel,Esslingen, Everything but thé kitchen sink, décembre 13 - février 22
Denis Gardarin Gallery , untitled Miami, booth A1 , décembre 3-7

2012
Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
Optische Enttäuschung, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
Maison du Barreau, Ordre des avocats de Paris, Paris
Désillusions d'optique, Fri Art, Fribourg
Galerie 0GMS, Sofia
Sublimations, Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine

2011
Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, FIAC 2011, Paris
A Quarter to Three, Skulpturi, Copenhague
Frühe werke und etwas neues, Galerie Lange & Pult, Zurich

2008
Galerie Massimo Minini, Brescia
Circumnavigator’s Paradox, Super Window Project & Gallery, Kyoto
Des spectres et des automates, Le Dojo, Nice
Galerie Lange & Pult, Zurich
T.A.G., Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
Ohne titel 1993-2007, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg

2007
Sans titres 1993-2007, ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

2006
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Chapelle des Pénitents, Aniane
Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
Mathieu Mercier-Andrea Bowers, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin

2005
Mathieu Mercier A.N.X., Forde, Espace d’art contemporain, Genève

2004
La Verrière-Hermès, Bruxelles
Ceramic Attempts, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Galerie Mehdi Chouakri-Brahms, Berlin
Galleria comunale d’Arte, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza
Galerie Massimo Minini, Brescia

2003
Prix Marcel-Duchamp, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Le Spot, Le Havre
River Side Wall, Galerie Chouakri-Brahms, Berlin
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

2002
Le (9) bis, Saint-Étienne
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
Galerie Chouakri-Brahms, Berlin
Centre d’art contemporain, Castres

2001
0-1, Galerie Commune - Pôle Arts Plastiques, Tourcoing
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris

2000
FIAC 2000, Stand Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Statements, Art Basel - Stand Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Bâle
0-1, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

1999
0-1, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
List 99, Stand Galerie Chez Valentin, Bâle
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Le Spot, Le Havre

1998
Institut Français de Berlin, Berlin

1996
Galerie de Commerce, Marseille
Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg
Micro-Exposition, Eriko Momotani, Paris

1993
« âtre-home », a « Cheminé », Bourges


GROUP SHOWS

2014
Galerie ART et Essai, Rennes Sol Mur Plafond, Ann Veronica Janssens, Mathieu Mercier, Claude Rutault , septembre 25 - décembre 12

2009/2010
No_man's_land_exposition, Tokyo

2007
Antidote no 3, Galerie des galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris
Airs de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris

2006
Antidote no 2, Galerie des galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris
La Force de l'art, Grand Palais, Paris
Notre histoire..., Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2005
Antidote no 1, Galerie des galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris

2002
Objets de réflexion, Le Plateau, Paris

2001
Traversées, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris

1999
ZAC 99, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris

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