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Unusual supports

In art history we often talk about a painting on canvas or wood, a marble engraving, drawings on papyrus, a fresco on plaster, or even a “body painting” on skin. Art has often been defined by its medium and support. In plastic art this support can be passive (a statue on a socle), active (where it modifies the work it supports) or productive (the fold in paper that gives the artwork its shape). Therefore supports are integral to artworks, they accentuate the piece like a frame

Even during the Paleolithic, clay was moulded and then fired; changing its colour and material. This method increased the number of “accidental” artworks in the 19th century, like Gauguin’s ceramic self-portrait which became a “pot de tabac” (tobacco tin) after the clay sagged during the firing process. Designers, painters and watercolourists also explored various supports for their artworks. This exploration can also be seen in marginalia, where monks would draw in the margins of the manuscripts they were transcribing, therefore providing vital insight into relevant or lost texts. Nowadays artist collectives like Bad Ass, explore more unique supports for their artworks like the surface of skateboards. The skateboard is engraved, painted and stripped of its wheels; turning into a conceptual design, piece of furniture or playful decoration. As plastic art practices developed so did the the attitude towards it, making it increasingly popular in the domestic sphere.

However art isn’t supposed to be convenient, especially contemporary art. “Found object” is an art concept initiated by Marcel Duchamp in 1917, where his “ready-made” work Fountain, continues to affect contemporary artists and the art world even after a century. Such thinking raises the question that if a found object can be labelled an artwork by an artist, then does this apply to all objects from our daily lives?

Art and creative expression is everywhere: on traffic signs, on walls, across pavements, filling  public spaces and buildings. Daily life is transformed when these objects are graffitied or mocked, and are often met with strange feelings of enchantment and transformation. Therefore what would happen if objects like receipts, drink cans, fire extinguishers even suitcases, were tagged and turned into derisions? Does this reinvent their purpose and meaning? One thing’s for sure, it would certainly upset the established order and social chaos would probably ensue.

However there is no chaos or panic surrounding the following selection of works, just an emergence of new meanings that can be derived from these abstract pieces. Petros Chrisostomou invites viewers to reevaluate the importance that material objects, like a pair of shoes or a phone hold in their lives. Meanwhile Guillaume Lamazou questions what exactly clothing is through abstract photography. Is it a way to establish our identity in society? Simply a means to make people laugh like the caricatures and clowns written about by Bergson? A weapon of seduction if we are to believe the infinite makeover programmes that adorn our television screens? Or simply a work of art or an unusual support for an artwork?

Overall, it’s not so much the art that questions its support but the support that questions the art. The artists displayed below explore the contours of art, sculpture, painting, photography and drawing; demonstrating how the objects that support the art also create new forms of art themselves.

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Robert Combas, Hommage à Van Gogh, Guitar Flying, Sculpture

Robert Combas

Hommage à Van Gogh, Guitar Flying, 2008
43.3 x 18.5 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,689

Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch
Print

$350

Tsuyu Bridwell, Still Life, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Still Life, 2010
15.4 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,751

Our recommendations Luke Newton, Crayons Not Colts (light blue), Sculpture

Luke Newton

Crayons Not Colts (light blue), 2016
10 x 14 inch
Sculpture

$4,280

Paul Richard Mason, Guitar Mason, Sculpture

Paul Richard Mason

Guitar Mason, 2017
39.4 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,253

Gaia du Rivau, Grand Bazar, Painting

Gaia du Rivau

Grand Bazar, 2014
39.4 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,693

Joanna Glazer, Garden of Roses and The Traveller, Sculpture

Joanna Glazer

Garden of Roses and The Traveller, 2015
9.8 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$700

Mata7ik, Artdekko Blew Drang Board, Sculpture

Mata7ik

Artdekko Blew Drang Board, 2016
37 x 9.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$700

Paméla (Pam) de Rouvray, Michelin, Drawing

Paméla (Pam) de Rouvray

Michelin, 2016
21.7 x 21.7 x 5.9 inch
Drawing

$1,156

Our recommendations Petros Chrisostomou, Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), 2008
39.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$5,253

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo di Gabo M3.C.1, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di Gabo M3.C.1, 2016
3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$350

Our recommendations Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série "Magie du Chaos", Drawing

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série "Magie du Chaos", 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Drawing

$292

Our recommendations Larbi Cherkaoui, Sans titre, Drawing

Larbi Cherkaoui

Sans titre, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Drawing

$5,603

Jérémie Paul, La botte , Sculpture

Jérémie Paul

La botte , 2012
11.8 x 8.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$934

Isabel Bisson Mauduit, Et puis au centre..., Sculpture

Isabel Bisson Mauduit

Et puis au centre..., 2018
10.2 x 7.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,027

Zoola Moofoo, The Lady Bug, Sculpture

Zoola Moofoo

The Lady Bug, 2015
35.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,440

Em'Ji, Carpe Diem, Painting

Em'Ji

Carpe Diem, 2015
52.8 x 34.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,502

Our recommendations Wolf Vostell, Composition pour les JO, Print

Wolf Vostell

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$350

Nicolas Costa, Douce France, Drawing

Nicolas Costa

Douce France, 2001
13 x 11 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$327

Our recommendations Claudia Malaguti, Connect-me, Sculpture

Claudia Malaguti

Connect-me, 2010
17.7 x 18.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,969

Julien Brunet, 4474 pieces of…, Sculpture

Julien Brunet

4474 pieces of…, 2015
37.4 x 25.6 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,669

Nicolas Cazalé, L'envol, Sculpture

Nicolas Cazalé

L'envol, 2016
41.7 x 45.3 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,086

Our recommendations Onemizer, Graffiti, Painting

Onemizer

Graffiti, 2018
23.2 x 20.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,093

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Petites plaques (Compression), Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
14.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$49,612

Jérôme Mesnager, La liberté guidant le peuple, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

La liberté guidant le peuple, 2016
103.9 x 126 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$35,020

Costa, Coca, Sculpture

Costa

Coca, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,086

Our recommendations Jean Cocteau, Aztèque, Sculpture

Jean Cocteau

Aztèque, 1958
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,992

Our recommendations TieRi Trademark, Vandale, Sculpture

TieRi Trademark

Vandale, 2015
25.6 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,335

Eskos, Plan métro "Take a puff", Painting

Eskos

Plan métro "Take a puff", 2015
12.2 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$292

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Léna, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Léna, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 6.3 inch
Photography

$4,202

Bernard Pras, Inventaire 50 - Le Bouquet, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 50 - Le Bouquet, 2004
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$5,253

Tsuyu Bridwell, The Weight of Our Wings, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

The Weight of Our Wings, 2012
2.4 x 7.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$759

Brno Del Zou, Véronique, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Véronique, 2016
41.3 x 35.4 x 5.5 inch
Photography

$4,202

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Ailatan #2, 2013
39.4 x 35.4 x 6.3 inch
Photography

$4,202

Jana & JS, I've been asleep for too long, Painting

Jana & JS

I've been asleep for too long, 2017
13.8 x 33.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,510

Evazesir (No Rules Corp), L'une et l'autre, Painting

Evazesir (No Rules Corp)

L'une et l'autre, 2017
39.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,735

Eric Liot, Corto, Painting

Eric Liot

Corto, 2016
47.2 x 39.4 x 5.1 inch
Painting

$17,510

Paul Richard Mason, The east, Sculpture

Paul Richard Mason

The east, 2017
29.1 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,918

Our recommendations Eric Zener, Surfacing, Drawing

Eric Zener

Surfacing, 2014
31.9 x 40.9 inch
Drawing

$42,024

Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$2,918

Our recommendations Nal-Vad, Sans titre, Painting

Nal-Vad

Sans titre, 2012
20.1 x 20.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,751

Gaia du Rivau, Scooter, je t'aime, Painting

Gaia du Rivau

Scooter, je t'aime, 2015
22.4 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$876

Our recommendations bAMbEL, Last seance, Painting

bAMbEL

Last seance, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,401

Lenny Mathé, Artefact sacré #1, Drawing

Lenny Mathé

Artefact sacré #1, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$584

Nal-Vad, Niconu-Nivu, Painting

Nal-Vad

Niconu-Nivu, 2012
26.8 x 26.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,918

Tuco, Manimal cat in wood box, Painting

Tuco

Manimal cat in wood box, 2016
15 x 18.1 x 3.9 inch
Painting

$584

Pascal Pilate, Circle purple, Painting

Pascal Pilate

Circle purple, 2016
50 x 50 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$8,989

Patrick Bérubé, Dependence #2, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Dependence #2, 2010
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,500

bAMbEL, Scratch Me, Sculpture

bAMbEL

Scratch Me, 2018
19.7 x 28.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,401

Petros Chrisostomou, Spondilos, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Spondilos, 2007
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$1,751

Mazel & Jalix, Petit citron, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petit citron, 2016
14.2 x 6.7 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,903

Our recommendations Fieroza Doorsen, Untitled (Id. 352), Painting

Fieroza Doorsen

Untitled (Id. 352), 2014
12.2 x 9.8 inch
Painting

$1,656

Lesley Hilling, Remains to be seen, Sculpture

Lesley Hilling

Remains to be seen, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,907

Bastien Cuenot, Wild World, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Wild World, 2013
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,269

Carine Manjoo, Deux chients, Painting

Carine Manjoo

Deux chients, 2013
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$759

Carine Manjoo, Une matinée à la chasse, Painting

Carine Manjoo

Une matinée à la chasse, 2013
23.6 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$700

Isabel Bisson Mauduit, Enchevêtrements 2, Painting

Isabel Bisson Mauduit

Enchevêtrements 2, 2015
8.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$642

Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$1,751

Magali Lambert, Worlds of Bones - Washing on a roe, Sculpture

Magali Lambert

Worlds of Bones - Washing on a roe, 2015
9.1 x 8.3 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,751

Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série 'Cyclope', Painting

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série 'Cyclope', 2017
15 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$467

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