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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 Invader, Space Waffle, Sculpture


Space Waffle, 2011
5.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch


Jérôme Fraignac, Spiderman, Sculpture

Jérôme Fraignac

Spiderman, 2020
27.2 x 51.2 x 5.1 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


Kashink, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings


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


Marianne Cresson, Cœur 2, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Cœur 2, 2019
4.3 x 10.2 x 13.8 inch


Diana Garcia, Be What You Dream, Sculpture

Diana Garcia

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


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

Luke Newton

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


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


Luma, Black lives matter, Painting


Black lives matter, 2020
35 x 22.8 x 22.8 inch


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


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


Our recommendations Sovann Nou, Untitled 30, Painting

Sovann Nou

Untitled 30, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Zoola Moofoo, The Lady Bug, Sculpture

Zoola Moofoo

The Lady Bug, 2015
35.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Victoriano, The snake, Painting


The snake, 2015
25.6 x 18.1 x 2 inch


Kartel, The Surfboard - Medium, Sculpture


The Surfboard - Medium, 2018
5.9 x 29.9 x 15 inch


Ureta, Steel Skull, Sculpture


Steel Skull, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch


Our recommendations Wolf Vostell, Composition pour les JO, Print

Wolf Vostell

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Em'Ji, Carpe Diem, Painting


Carpe Diem, 2015
52.8 x 34.6 x 2 inch


Mata7ik, Artdekko Blew Drang Board, Sculpture


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


Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 1, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

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


Naomi Frances, Hedgehog, Painting

Naomi Frances

Hedgehog, 2019
3.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 inch


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


Caroline Godefroy, H2 La Rochelle, Painting

Caroline Godefroy

H2 La Rochelle, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch


Nathanael Koffi, Child, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Child, 2020
27.6 x 2.4 x 0.4 inch


Nathanael Koffi, Circus, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Circus, 2018
32.3 x 8.7 x 0.2 inch


Bernard Pras, 185 - We can do it, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

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


Bernard Pras, Inventaire 50 - Le Bouquet, Photography

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 50 - Le Bouquet, 2004
47.2 x 47.2 inch


Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch


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

César Baldaccini

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


Hassan Hajjaj, Keziah Jones, Photography

Hassan Hajjaj

Keziah Jones, 2011
44.1 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch

25,000 - $ 50,000

tizlu, Kisses Not Given, Painting


Kisses Not Given, 2021
35.4 x 34.4 x 6.3 inch


Guillaume Allemand, 2020-03 (GA34), Sculpture

Guillaume Allemand

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


Juan Miguel Palacios, Wounds CCXXXVII, Painting

Juan Miguel Palacios

Wounds CCXXXVII, 2019
40.2 x 31.9 x 3.5 inch


Paco Raphael, Let the Music Play - Lightbox, Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Let the Music Play - Lightbox, 2020
49.2 x 49.2 x 3.9 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


Carine Manjoo, Deux chients, Painting

Carine Manjoo

Deux chients, 2013
19.7 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Stefan Yordanov, Scientist's Dream, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Scientist's Dream, 2019
28.7 x 20.9 x 1.6 inch


Stefan Yordanov, Mother and Child, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Mother and Child, 2019
57.5 x 28.3 x 1.6 inch


Marianne Cresson, Branche n°8, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

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


Marianne Cresson, Œil, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Œil, 2010
11.8 x 33.5 x 33.5 inch


Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Ailatan #2, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Ailatan #2, 2013
39.4 x 35.4 x 6.3 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


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


TieRi Trademark, Colors Head Caps I, Sculpture

TieRi Trademark

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


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


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


Bastien Cuenot, Wild World, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Wild World, 2013
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Paul Richard Mason, Guitar Mason, Sculpture

Paul Richard Mason

Guitar Mason, 2017
39.4 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch


Catherine Azaïs, Se oye sin hablar, Painting

Catherine Azaïs

Se oye sin hablar, 2018
23.4 x 23.4 x 0.2 inch


Yarps, Lucky Luciano, Painting


Lucky Luciano, 2015
13.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch


Petros Chrisostomou, Spondilos, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Spondilos, 2007
13.8 x 10.6 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


Petros Chrisostomou, Forever, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Forever, 2008
13.8 x 10.6 inch


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


Tuco, Manimal cat in wood box, Painting


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


Barbara Olejarczyk, Mirror self-portrait, Painting

Barbara Olejarczyk

Mirror self-portrait, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Patrick Bérubé, Dependence #2, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Dependence #2, 2010
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Catherine Clare (Khépra), the word turns in our hands, Sculpture

Catherine Clare (Khépra)

the word turns in our hands, 2018
11.4 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch


Peter Newsome, Admiration, Sculpture

Peter Newsome

Admiration, 2019
22.8 x 15.4 x 9.1 inch


Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Fine Art Drawings

Peter Wüthrich

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


Abou Sidibé, Les jumeaux, Sculpture

Abou Sidibé

Les jumeaux, 2017
19.7 x 13.8 x 15 inch


Vahan Roumelian, Musical Rainbow, Painting

Vahan Roumelian

Musical Rainbow, 2017
39.4 x 45.3 x 0.8 inch


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