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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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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

Our recommendations Invader, Space Waffle, Sculpture

Invader

Space Waffle, 2011
5.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$18,174

Kashink, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Kashink

Sans titre, 2019
22.4 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$727

Jérôme Fraignac, Spiderman, Sculpture

Jérôme Fraignac

Spiderman, 2020
27.2 x 51.2 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,392

André Saraiva, Cube, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Cube, 2018
2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$909

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

$909

Diana Garcia, Be What You Dream, Sculpture

Diana Garcia

Be What You Dream, 2020
5.9 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,241

Our recommendations Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli, Pomme I, Painting

Jean-Paul Veison Marcelli

Pomme I, 2019
36.2 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$727

Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$1,817

Paul Richard Mason, Guitar Mason, Sculpture

Paul Richard Mason

Guitar Mason, 2017
39.4 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$7,270

Bastien Cuenot, Wild World, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Wild World, 2013
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,392

Paméla (Pam) de Rouvray, Michelin, Fine Art Drawings

Paméla (Pam) de Rouvray

Michelin, 2016
21.7 x 21.7 x 5.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,199

Our recommendations Larbi Cherkaoui, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Larbi Cherkaoui

Sans titre, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,816

Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 1, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

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

$1,939

Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Fine Art Drawings

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,029

Otto Constantin, Watch your step, Sculpture

Otto Constantin

Watch your step, 2021
0.4 x 46.5 x 63 inch
Sculpture

$5,816

Caroline Godefroy, H2 La Rochelle, Painting

Caroline Godefroy

H2 La Rochelle, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,817

Laurent Simon, Atahualpa Yupanqui #3, Sculpture

Laurent Simon

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

$2,423

Our recommendations Wolf Vostell, Composition pour les JO, Print

Wolf Vostell

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$363

Our recommendations Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série "Magie du Chaos", Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série "Magie du Chaos", 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$303

Katarina Kudelova, Oravia, Painting

Katarina Kudelova

Oravia, 2017
51.2 x 76.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,058

Keymi, Rumeur n°630, Painting

Keymi

Rumeur n°630, 2020
25.2 x 33.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,151

Nathanael Koffi, Circus, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Circus, 2018
32.3 x 8.7 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$460

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

César Baldaccini

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

$51,493

Vidiz, Mini Miss, Painting

Vidiz

Mini Miss, 2021
35 x 16.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$388

Bernard Pras, 185 - We can do it, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

185 - We can do it, 2017
19.3 x 25.2 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$26,655

Nathanael Koffi, Child, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Child, 2020
27.6 x 2.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$325

Edu Danesi, Mister Ickx - Collector signature, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Mister Ickx - Collector signature, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,029

JonOne, Skateboard, Painting

JonOne

Skateboard, 2020
7.9 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

< $ 2,500

Guillaume Allemand, 2020-03 (GA34), Sculpture

Guillaume Allemand

2020-03 (GA34), 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,423

Cope2, MTA Throwie, Print

Cope2

MTA Throwie, 2020
7.9 x 31.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$715

Jean-Philippe Berger, 007 : S. Connery vs U. Andress, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

007 : S. Connery vs U. Andress, 2021
19.7 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$606

La Robotte, Oeuvre à porter n°02 - Février - Planète Terre, Print

La Robotte

Oeuvre à porter n°02 - Février - Planète Terre, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$351

Jérôme Fraignac, Fighting American, Sculpture

Jérôme Fraignac

Fighting American, 2017
31.5 x 45.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,392

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

$727

Carine Manjoo, Deux chients, Painting

Carine Manjoo

Deux chients, 2013
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$788

André Saraiva, La vie en rose, Print

André Saraiva

La vie en rose, 2020
31.9 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,411

Marianne Cresson, Cœur 2, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Cœur 2, 2019
4.3 x 10.2 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,696

Marianne Cresson, Branche n°8, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Branche n°8, 2018
82.7 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$848

Bernard Pras, PDGB, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

PDGB, 2021
33.5 x 33.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$26,655

Marianne Cresson, Œil, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Œil, 2010
11.8 x 33.5 x 33.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,846

Raf Urban, Mi-Grand, Painting

Raf Urban

Mi-Grand, 2019
35.4 x 21.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$945

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

$788

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

$2,605

Barbara Olejarczyk, Mirror self-portrait, Painting

Barbara Olejarczyk

Mirror self-portrait, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$666

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

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

$4,362

TieRi Trademark, Colors Head Caps I, Sculpture

TieRi Trademark

Colors Head Caps I, 2019
10.6 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$182

Pascal Marlin, Paravent avec femme et enfant, Painting

Pascal Marlin

Paravent avec femme et enfant, 2007
63 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$12,661

Brno Del Zou, Véronique, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Véronique, 2016
41.3 x 35.4 x 5.5 inch
Photography

$4,362

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Léna, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Léna, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 6.3 inch
Photography

$4,362

Petros Chrisostomou, Spondilos, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Spondilos, 2007
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$1,817

Mary Jo McGonagle, I want it all, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

I want it all, 2019
18.1 x 31.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,877

Tuco, Manimal cat in wood box, Painting

Tuco

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

$606

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

$3,877

Luma, Black lives matter, Painting

Luma

Black lives matter, 2020
35 x 22.8 x 22.8 inch
Painting

$2,181

Yarps, Lucky Luciano, Painting

Yarps

Lucky Luciano, 2015
13.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch
Painting

$545

Patrick Lajoie, Lovers Rock - round, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Lovers Rock - round, 2019
32 x 32 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,200

LN Le Cheviller, Surface de la mer 26, Painting

LN Le Cheviller

Surface de la mer 26, 2016
40.2 x 43.3 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,515

Abou Sidibé, Les jumeaux, Sculpture

Abou Sidibé

Les jumeaux, 2017
19.7 x 13.8 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$788

Pierre Guillonneau, La ruche, Painting

Pierre Guillonneau

La ruche, 2020
33.9 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Painting

$846

Our recommendations Sovann Nou, Untitled 30, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 30, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,787

Mata7ik, Artdekko Blew Drang Board, Sculpture

Mata7ik

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

$727

Lenny Mathé, Artefact sacré #1, Fine Art Drawings

Lenny Mathé

Artefact sacré #1, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$606

Katarina Kudelova, Nourrisson, Sculpture

Katarina Kudelova

Nourrisson, 2013
5.9 x 15.7 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,423

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