A LIVING ROOM
The Main Gallery . July 27 – September 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 27th, from 7 – 10pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton
As an installation artist, Nicolas Fleming codifies commercial building materials into the domestic gallery space to create a distinctly unfinished aesthetic that envelops the viewer. By ennobling these constructive elements he produces a tension in our conceptual understandings of material culture and our behaviour toward it.
My work relies on construction materials and building techniques developed in daily work. I adapt construction site aesthetics to art-dedicated contexts. By diverting the primary functions of commercial building materials, especially drywall and plaster, I ennoble these materials and techniques, whether it be through sculpture, painting or large scale installation. Through a formal pursuit informed by art historical references, the propositions often result in a conceptual approach to material culture.– Nicolas Fleming
Nicolas Fleming completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Concordia University and a Master’s Degree at UQAM in Montreal, QC. He has presented solo exhibitions in Canada, most recently at Evans Contemporary (Peterborough, ON, 2018), Centre CLARK (Montreal, QC, 2018), Bunker 2 (Toronto, ON, 2016), L’OEil de poisson (Quebec City, QC, 2016), TYPOLOGY Projects (Toronto, ON, 2015), Maison des Arts de Laval (Laval, QC, 2015), Galerie Trois Points (Montreal, QC, 2015). He built his first large-scale drywall installation at ISE Cultural Foundation (New York City, NY). He presented temporary outdoor sculptures at Aires Libres Festival (Montreal, QC, 2014) and Truck Stop (Quebec – Montreal, QC, 2017). A recent resident at Rupert (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), Fleming has obtained support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canada Arts Council on several occasions.