Etienne Chambaud

Etienne Chambaud

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Mulhouse, France, 1980. Lives and works in Paris.

Chambaud’s multimedia practice is interested in the general problem of the relations between continuities and discontinuities, and mainly focuses on an “Ecology of Separations”: an on-going investigation on the limits between things, their exhibitions and their perceptions.

Flat Source Negative #6 | 2014 | Photograph produced from acrylic scratched negative | Print 30 x 45 cm | Frame 90 x 123 x 6 cm

Flat Source Negative #6 | 2014 | Photograph produced from acrylic scratched negative | Print 30 x 45 cm | Frame 90 x 123 x 6 cm

The Fractal Zoo | Additive Expression | 2013 | Bronce, acero, semillas, colorante alimenticio, excremento de pájaro| medidas variables

The Fractal Zoo | Additive Expression | 2013 | Bronce, steel, seeds, food colouring, birds’ droppings | variable dimensions

«An on-going investigation on the limits between things, their exhibitions and their perceptions..»

Chambaud works with exhibitions, computers, collages, photographies, neons, paintings, films, texts and situations. He has built a geolocalized raft called “Idealism” that was set adrift in the Atlantic Ocean and reconfigured world atlases; he has staged the encounter of geometrical figures and monkeys in a zoo and given human fever to inanimate objects, constrained large scale mobiles with their very exhibition space, reversed animal hides on stretchers or written on walls with inscribed stones. He has directed films like Counter-History of Separation (with Vincent Normand), which follows the common history of the guillotine and the modern art museum from the French Revolution to the late 1970′s, or INCOMPLT, which frames the copresence of thousands of butterflies, ice sculptures and musical algorithmic processes.

∩ (Fallow Deer Fawn) | 2018

∩ (Fallow Deer Fawn) | 2018

 ∩ (Fallow Deer Fawn) | 2018 | Detalle

∩ (Fallow Deer Fawn) | 2018 | Detail

Nameless | 2014 | Bobcat, cougar, donkey, gray fox, red deer, racoon and skunk urines on copper powder and acrylic medium on polyester canvas on wood panel | 78.74 x 59.06 x 1.18 in

Nameless | 2014 | Bobcat, cougar, donkey, gray fox, red deer, racoon and skunk urines on copper powder and acrylic medium on polyester canvas on wood panel | 78.74 x 59.06 x 1.18 in

Nameless | 2013

Nameless | 2013

The Fractal Zoo (detail) | 2013 | Bronze and steel

The Fractal Zoo (detail) | 2013 | Bronze and steel

The Naked Parrot | 2013 | Watercolour, food colouring and pigment on pape | 41 x 32 cm

The Naked Parrot | 2013 | Watercolour, food colouring and pigment on pape | 41 x 32 cm

“Atlas,” | 2012 | Modified book (El Atlas de Nuestro Tiempo, 1964) | 40 x 28 cm

“Atlas,” | 2012 | Modified book (El Atlas de Nuestro Tiempo, 1964) | 40 x 28 cm

Lapidation Piece (detalle) | 2012 | Piedras | dimensiones variables

Lapidation Piece (detail) | 2012 | Stones | variable dimensions

On Hospitality (i.e. Exclusion) | 2010 | Acero, grúa, piedras volcánicas | Dimensiones de instalación variables

On Hospitality (i.e. Exclusion) | 2010 | Steel, crane, volcanic stones | Installation dimensions variable

The Siren's Stage (The Reef) | 2010 | Pedestales, actores, escritores, modelos desnudos, máquina de escribir, mecanografiado A4 | Dimensiones variables

The Siren's Stage (The Reef) | 2010 | Plinths, actors, writers, nude models, typewriter, A4 typescript | Dimensions variable

L' Epochè fantastique | 2007 | fotografía enmarcada | 40 x 60 cm

The Fantastic Epochè | 2007 | framed photograph | 15.75 x 23.62 inches

Étienne Chambaud has been selected to participate in the residency programs at Marfa, Texas (2014) and Villa Arson in Nice (2005). Selected Solo Exhibitions: “Inexistence”, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany (upcoming) (2021) ; “Noeuds Négatifs”, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France (2018) ; “INCOMPLT”, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2016) ; “The Naked Parrot”, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2013) ; Undercuts, Forde, Genève, Switzerland (2012) ; Contre-Histoire de la Séparation, CIAP, Vassivière, France (2010) ; On Hospitality, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2010) ; Le Stade des Sirènes, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France (2010). Selected Group Exhibitions: I am Nature_On Vulnerability. Survival in a society at risk, ROHKUNSTBAU, Schloss Lieberose, Germany (2021) ; #TodosSomosHonolulu, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2020) ; La Mêlée, Galerie Artemisia, ENS Lyon, France curated by Florence Meyssonnier (2019) ; Persona Grata, Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2018) ; The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract, VOX, Montreal, Canada curated by Marie J. Jean (2018). Chambaud’s work is part of important art collections such as: Centre Pompidou (FR), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (FR), Fondation LVMH (FR), Fondation Lafayette (FR) and Kadist Art Foundation (FR/US).

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