Étienne Bossut

Étienne Bossut (FR) is a contemporary artist.

Born in France in 1946. Lives and works in Dole. Recent exhibitions include: Musée Rodin, Paris; Château des Adhémar, Montélimar; Chapelle du Genêteil, Château-Gontier.

Some cans some lunch boxes / Some refrigerators and some small spoons / Some tins, some car hoods / Some chairs, some armchairs / Some knives, some pictures / Some neons, some trunks some songs / Even as well beams of light.
– ÉTIENNE BOSSUT (1997)

Étienne Bossut’s work borrows its references both from the field of industrial production and the consumer goods from our daily lives. The use of plastic, a simple, cheap and easy-to-handle material, to create his works clearly remits to ideas of standardisation and mass-production. In the context of car culture, the pieces on view in this exhibition, from barrels to bodywork, are seen as tragic icons of a period that seems to have exhausted its boundaries—the automobile and energy consumption. The worn out heroes of a crisis or the end of an era.
– Alberto Martín

In going through the work he has been making for the past 20 years, we will find exhibited, faithful to the foregoing, the objects evoked by Étienne Bossut in this little poem. To describe them, we will add that they are available in bright colours, that the armchairs shine and the car bodies gleam; everything, it seems, takes part in a ready-made aesthetic as part of pop and cheerful consumerism.

Clever he who doesn’t make a mistake, because, at first glance, they would seem to be objects. And the Duchampian ready-made is such an important reference in contemporary artistic culture that we would almost forget that sculptors traditionally use tricks of imitation, via casting, for example, that enable the duplication of any existing form. As diverse as they are, the cans, the lunch boxes, the refrigerators—in addition to being tied by similarities of usage or rhymes and to taking part in the artist‘s daily environment—have all the particularity of being conceived according to the same technique and with the same material; plastic copies.

 

Pas ce soir (2007)

Polyester moulding 410 x 170 x 140 cm

Auto. Dream & Matter
14
May
2009
20
Sep
2009

An exhibition that analyzes the automobile culture as a creative landscape.

Ruines (2007)

Porsche, outdoor installation, polyester moulding 380 x 170 x 140 cm

Sculpture jaune (1987)

Polyester moulding 184 x 88 x 58 cm

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