Nicolas Grenier 2017     Nicolas Grenier 2017     Nicolas Grenier 2017

BUILT-IN (2018 - ONGOING)

Built-In takes is a site-specific project taking place at NAVEL, Los Angeles. Physically, it takes the form of a design proposition: a screen and an ensemble of space dividers, mirrors and scrims that complement the exisiting features of NAVEL, and bring attention to the relation between virtual and physical space, individual elements and collectivity, minds and bodies. With this installation comes an ongoing series of events organized in collaboration with artists, academics and others who are interested in using the structure as a platform to present work that relates to the organization of living beings in physical space — whether this is done by revisiting history, acting in the present, or envisioning possible futures.









Nicolas Grenier / Perspectives, 2018     Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles     Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Nicolas Grenier / Selected Absolutes (III), 2016-2018     Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles     Nicolas Grenier / The Growth, 2018

DUMBFOUNDED PROPHETS (2018)

The Growth now exceeds anything our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers had ever seen.

Year after year, we keep pushing it further as it gains mass and volume, like a giant snowball collecting everything on its way. It keeps expanding and will continue to do so during our generation, the next, and the one after the next.

Then, one day, the weight of the Growth will become too great for even the strongest of our descendants. The burden of pushing the mass forward, in which her ancestors had found meaning, wisdom and even happiness, will no longer be hers. Dumbfounded, she will move on,
followed by others.


[From the painting The Growth]

Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles     Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles     Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Nicolas Grenier, 2018 / Exhibition Dumbfounded Prophets at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles












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Nicolas Grenier 2017     Nicolas Grenier 2017     Nicolas Grenier 2017

PRECARIOUS GEOGRAPHIES (2016-2017)

The day after the events, I was working as an art installer for a friendly old lady. As we were talking she looked at me with big, earnest eyes and said "I don't understand why they hate us? And I don't understand why we have to care? "

[Press release of the exhibition]

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Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2017

Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2017     Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2017

Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2017     Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2017     Nicolas Grenier, Vertically Integrated Socialism, 2017 

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED SOCIALISM (LECTURE-PERFORMANCE, 2017)

Vertically Integrated Socialism is a theoretical economic model that imagines the simultaneous acceleration of social integration and ruthless libertarianism within the current dynamics of American capitalism. This conceptual premise takes the physical form of an apartment building, a fictional structure devised to embody social paradoxes. Narrated in a monologue over still images and 3D animation, the story follows the increasingly peculiar moral order that arises from the architecture.

This installation at Centre Clark, Montreal, was created to present a new version of Vertically Integrated Socialism (originally presented at the 2015 Bruges Triennial) as a series of lecture-performances. The installation also included the video Prelude to Vertically Integrated Socialism: A Few Words About Horizontality, which played on loop between the live presentations. The video and the installation reference each other in an exploration of architectural, ideological and social "infinities". The exhibition, as a whole, was a metaphysical reflection on social divisions.








LE TEMPS DE L'ŒUVRE, LE TEMPS DU TRAVAIL / THE TIME OF THE WORK (2016)

This project proposed, for the duration of an exhibition, an economic system that allowed the acquisition of artworks without resorting to money or another utilitarian form of exchange. Instead, the currency used was the passage of time. To acquire a work, a participant had to spend a period of meditative isolation corresponding to the time it took the artist to make the work. This time had to be spent without any tool or device of communication or entertainment, except for paper and a pen. Once the transactions were completed, the notes were then given to the artists as a testimony of the time spent for the acquisition of their work. Sixteen valuable artworks by Canadian artists were acquired during the exhibition.

The Time of the Work  was commissioned by the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery for SIGHTINGS, at Concordia University, Montreal.

Nicolas Grenier / Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work     Nicolas Grenier / Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work     Nicolas Grenier / Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work

Nicolas Grenier / Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work     Nicolas Grenier / Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work

Nicolas Grenier / Le temps de l'œuvre, le temps du travail / The Time of The Work










Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015    

Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015

Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015

     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism, Bruges Triennial 2015

 

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED SOCIALISM (2015)

Vertically Integrated Socialism is a theoretical economic model that takes the form of a housing concept.

Using the economic and social disparity of Los Angeles as a point of departure, Vertically Integrated Socialism is an imaginary housing concept that integrates all social classes in a single building — a closed architectural, economic and social environment. The housing concept combines an inclusive socialist system with a libertarian free-market economy, creating a paradoxical dynamic that encourages ruthless competition for upward mobility.

This version of the project was commissioned by the Bruges Triennial of Art and Architecture, and built inside the church of the Grootseminarie in the city of Bruges. The exhibition comprised a micro-apartment, a model of the housing concept and a 43 minutes video.

Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism / Film     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism / Film

Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism / Film









Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template

Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template
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Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template

PROMISED LAND TEMPLATE (2014)

Promised Land Template suggests a mausoleum, a temple or a bunker. Filled with light soften by diffusing filters and gradients painted on the walls, the interior evokes both a sacred space and the a disembodied office emblematic of the technocratic power of our time. The floor is covered with tiles of rough sand on which stands a potted cactus. The combination offers a modest simulacrum of the desert—this timeless and mythical place which has represented transition, promise and death from the biblical tale of the Israelites escaping from Egypt to the current issue of Mexican and South-American immigrants crossing the desert to reach the U.S. border.

The installation was originally designed for Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles. A second version was commissioned for la Biennale de Montréal 2014 at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.

Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template

Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template

Nicolas Grenier / Rip Current     Nicolas Grenier / Incoming Flux     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template (III)







ASSORTED TEMPLATES (2012-2014)

Nicolas Grenier / One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted In Tune (2)     Nicolas Grenier / Exhibition view     Nicolas Grenier / Cellule avec ouverture     Nicolas Grenier / Incoming Flux (II)

Nicolas Grenier / Get Mixed     Nicolas Grenier / Resurfacing Sediments (III)     Nicolas Grenier / Luis De Jesus Los Angeles     Nicolas Grenier / One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted In Tune

Nicolas Grenier / Luis De Jesus Los Angeles     Nicolas Grenier / Resurfacing Sediments     Nicolas Grenier / Middle Ground     Nicolas Grenier / Middle Ground (2)

Nicolas Grenier / Buoyant Home Template     Nicolas Grenier / Things Are Gonna Change I Can Feel It     Nicolas Grenier / Middle Ground (III)     Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template (II)     

Nicolas Grenier / Exhibition, Cirrus Gallery     Nicolas Grenier / Naturalization     

Nicolas Grenier / Transition Plan Template     Nicolas Grenier / Empty Template     Nicolas Grenier / Studio

Nicolas Grenier / Promised Land Template     Nicolas Grenier / Go North Young Man     Nicolas Grenier / Exhibition view









Nicolas Grenier / Watchtower Template (Brutalist Tree House), Concord, Los Angeles, 2013     Nicolas Grenier / Watchtower Template (Brutalist Tree House), Concord, Los Angeles, 2013     Nicolas Grenier / Watchtower Template (Brutalist Tree House), Concord, Los Angeles, 2013     Nicolas Grenier / Watchtower Template (Brutalist Tree House), Concord, Los Angeles, 2013

WATCHTOWER TEMPLATE (BRUTALIST TREE HOUSE) (2013)

Watchtower Template (Brutalist Tree House) is a site-specific installation designed for Concord, an experimental art space and artist residency in Los Angeles (now closed). The tower is an intrusion in the privacy of the residents but, paradoxically, is also an intimate space where one can be away from the communal areas. The two modular L-shaped walls have handles that allow a constant reconfiguration or division of the living and working spaces of Concord, each time modifying the power relation between the watchtower and its surroundings.







THINGS ARE GONNA CHANGE I CAN FEEL IT (2012)

     







PROXIMITIES (2011-2012)

Nicolas Grenier / We Enjoy The Proximity Of Others     Nicolas Grenier / We Enjoy The Proximity Of Others     Nicolas Grenier / We Enjoy The Proximity Of Others

Nicolas Grenier / Public/Private     Nicolas Grenier / Public/Private     Nicolas Grenier / Public/Private

Nicolas Grenier / Take Care     Nicolas Grenier / Take Care     Nicolas Grenier / Take Care

Nicolas Grenier / Les mecenes     Nicolas Grenier / Les mecenes     Nicolas Grenier / Les mecenes

Nicolas Grenier / Holistic Community Development     Nicolas Grenier / Holistic Community Development     Nicolas Grenier / Holistic Community Development

Nicolas Grenier / Exhibition view / Proximities          Nicolas Grenier / As Long As We Keep it Down








THE FUTURE IS DEEP (2011)

The Future is Deep was made for The Collective Show Los Angeles. The work was a collaborative project by L.A. Pedestrians, a loose collective through which we organized exhibitions in different countries. This model spatialized the current and future activities of the group as of 2011. Three spaces from across the globe containing projects related to the group are here represented at 1:36 scale. These include Art Mur in Montreal, Canada; Espace Curtat-tunnel in Lausanne, Switzerland; and a rooftop in Los Angeles, USA. In addition, the model included a connective space with mirrored floor standing in for the physical space of the exhibition, as well as a bottomless room or pit of possibility containing the future of L.A. Pedestrians.

L.A. Pedestrians / Nicolas Grenier / The Future Is Deep     L.A. Pedestrians / Nicolas Grenier / The Future Is Deep     L.A. Pedestrians / Nicolas Grenier / The Future Is Deep    

L.A. Pedestrians / Nicolas Grenier / The Future Is Deep     L.A. Pedestrians / Nicolas Grenier / The Future Is Deep









FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE, SELF-SUFFICIENT ARTIST STUDIO (2010)

Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio    

Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio
    Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio    

Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset / On The Top / Bottom: Financially Sustainable, Self-Sufficient Artist Studio









ON THE TOP / BOTTOM (2010)

On The Top/Bottom was a collaboration with artist Mélodie Mousset. The structure was created to host a series of performances. The architecture was both a container and a mechanism to experiment with relations of power between the performer and the audience. Our project was part of a larger curated group show (Volume, at AT1 Projects), but beside our own program of performances we used the structure as a Trojan Horse to host a series of additional performances by guest artists.

Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom

Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom

Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom     Nicolas Grenier & Melodie Mousset. On The Top / Bottom







POSTERS / MODEL INTEGRITY (2010)

Nicolas Grenier / Poster for Model Integrity     Nicolas Grenier / Poster for Model Integrity     Nicolas Grenier / Poster for Model Integrity     Nicolas Grenier / Poster for Model Integrity







MODEL INTEGRITY (2009-2010)

Nicolas Grenier / CalArts, exhibition Model Integrity     Nicolas Grenier / Vertically Integrated Socialism     Nicolas Grenier / CalArts, exhibition Model Integrity

Nicolas Grenier / Inclusive Gated Community     Nicolas Grenier / Permanent Residents     Nicolas Grenier / Compassion Caves

Nicolas Grenier / Bipartisan Solution For...     Nicolas Grenier / CalArts, exhibition Model Integrity