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MATHIEU MERCIER: EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK. Andreas Baur. Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, 2015. Published by Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Cologne. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 200 pp. 17 x 27 cm. ISBN 9783864421204 In English.
Publisher's description: The work of French artist Mathieu Mercier (b. 1970), winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp (2003), moves confidently between art and everyday culture exploring the relationship between contemporary mass-produced objects and early 20th-century art and aesthetics. This compact exhibition catalog features Mercier's sculptural, photographic and wall-based works blending household and industrial materials with the colorful and highly controlled aesthetics of De Stijl and Russian Constructivism. One series of sculptures, Drum and Brass, re-creates classic Mondrian compositions out of black DIY shelving and primary-colored household objects such as plastic bins, extension cables and stationery folders. 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. Essays by art historian Andreas Baur, curator Konrad Bitterli and art critic Marie Chenel.
Artist(s):Mercier, Mathieu
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168516
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