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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


Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli, Pomme I, à lunettes, Painting

Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli

Pomme I, à lunettes, 2019
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


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

Luke Newton

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


Paul Richard Mason, Guitar Mason, Sculpture

Paul Richard Mason

Guitar Mason, 2017
39.4 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch


Bastien Cuenot, Wild World, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Wild World, 2013
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Gaia du Rivau, Grand Bazar, Painting

Gaia du Rivau

Grand Bazar, 2014
39.4 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch


Lenny Mathé, Artefact sacré #1, Drawing

Lenny Mathé

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


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

Jean-Michel Faudemer

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


Mata7ik, Artdekko Blew Drang Board, Sculpture


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


Zoola Moofoo, The Lady Bug, Sculpture

Zoola Moofoo

The Lady Bug, 2015
35.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Em'Ji, Carpe Diem, Painting


Carpe Diem, 2015
52.8 x 34.6 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Larbi Cherkaoui, Sans titre, Drawing

Larbi Cherkaoui

Sans titre, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Paméla (Pam) de Rouvray, Michelin, Drawing

Paméla (Pam) de Rouvray

Michelin, 2016
21.7 x 21.7 x 5.9 inch


Our recommendations Wolf Vostell, Composition pour les JO, Print

Wolf Vostell

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 1, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise-Mémoire 1, 2012
17.7 x 25.6 x 5.9 inch


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


Nicolas Costa, Douce France, Drawing

Nicolas Costa

Douce France, 2001
13 x 11 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Claudia Malaguti, Connect-me, Sculpture

Claudia Malaguti

Connect-me, 2010
17.7 x 18.5 x 2 inch


Julien Brunet, 4474 pieces of…, Sculpture

Julien Brunet

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


Nicolas Cazalé, L'envol, Sculpture

Nicolas Cazalé

L'envol, 2016
41.7 x 45.3 x 9.8 inch


Jérôme Mesnager, La liberté guidant le peuple, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

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


Our recommendations Invader, Space Waffle, Sculpture


Space Waffle, 2011
5.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch


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

César Baldaccini

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


Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli, Pomme III, IKB, Painting

Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli

Pomme III, IKB, 2019
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


Bernard Pras, Inventaire 50 - Le Bouquet, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 50 - Le Bouquet, 2004
47.2 x 47.2 inch


Brno Del Zou, Véronique, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Véronique, 2016
41.3 x 35.4 x 5.5 inch


Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Léna, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Léna, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 6.3 inch


Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Ailatan #2, 2013
39.4 x 35.4 x 6.3 inch


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


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


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


Paul Richard Mason, The east, Sculpture

Paul Richard Mason

The east, 2017
29.1 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch


Nal-Vad, Niconu-Nivu, Painting


Niconu-Nivu, 2012
26.8 x 26.8 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Nal-Vad, Sans titre, Painting


Sans titre, 2012
20.1 x 20.9 x 1.2 inch


Pascal Pilate, Circle purple, Painting

Pascal Pilate

Circle purple, 2016
50 x 50 x 2.4 inch


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


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


Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch


Tuco, Manimal cat in wood box, Painting


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


Lesley Hilling, Remains to be seen, Sculpture

Lesley Hilling

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


Mazel & Jalix, Petit citron, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petit citron, 2016
14.2 x 6.7 x 9.4 inch


Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série 'Cyclope', Painting

Jean-Michel Faudemer

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


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

Fieroza Doorsen

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


Patrick Bérubé, Dependence #2, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Dependence #2, 2010
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Victoriano, The snake, Painting


The snake, 2015
25.6 x 18.1 x 2 inch


Lcot, Paul, Painting


Paul, 2017
10.2 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Sovann Nou, Untitled 30, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 30, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 inch


Petros Chrisostomou, Spondilos, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Spondilos, 2007
13.8 x 10.6 inch


Yann Letestu, Au Bord de la Falaise, Painting

Yann Letestu

Au Bord de la Falaise, 2016
28.7 x 21.3 x 1.6 inch


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


Carine Manjoo, Deux chients, Painting

Carine Manjoo

Deux chients, 2013
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


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


Laurent Simon, Atahualpa Yupanqui #3, Sculpture

Laurent Simon

Atahualpa Yupanqui #3, 2016
45.3 x 16.9 x 6.3 inch


Etcaetera, Jeune fille à la perle, Drawing


Jeune fille à la perle, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2.4 inch


Etcaetera, Park, Drawing


Park, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 2.4 inch


Eskos, Plan métro "Take a puff", Painting


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

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Karl Lagasse, One Dollar, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

One Dollar, 2013
39.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch

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Keymi, Rumeur 333, Painting


Rumeur 333, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch

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