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Edited by Frédéric Grossi.
Text by Kate Sutton.
Interview with Dorian Gaudin by Julien Fronsacq.
Graphic design: Helmo.
published in February 2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
16 x 24 cm (softcover)
96 pages (ill.)
Dorian Gaudin focuses on the interplay of correspondences between the organic, psychical, and material worlds. Combining performance, sculpture and cinema, his oeuvre moves back and forth between automation and living systems. He mobilizes, dislocates, and mechanizes in an amalgamation of genres: absurdist theater, science fiction
cinema, burlesque and Minimalism
. In his exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo machines and social rituals
, visual illusion and physical presence set in motion a mechanism which is also that of the emotions. Revealing the capacity of objects to generate narrative and elicit our emotional and intellectual involvement, his works remind us of the way fetishization of objects and technology governs our relationship with the world.
Kate Sutton is a writer currently based in Zagreb. In addition to writing articles and reviews for magazines including Artforum
, and LEAP
, Sutton is a regular contributor to Artforum.com. In 2013, she was recognized with an Art Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Julien Fronsacq is a curator at the Palais de Tokyo. He curated Dorian Gaudin's solo show.
Published on the occasion of Dorian Gaudin's solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, from February to May 2017.
Published in cooperation with Les presses du réel, this series of monographic books accompanies the Palais de Tokyo
's exhibition program. Richly illustrated, with many views of the exhibition, accessible to all, each book will offer the reader an extended experience of the encounter with the artists' work. The artists' words will appear alongside original contributions by theoreticians, art critics, and curators, providing the reader with a deeper understanding of each artist's background and of the genesis of their project for the Palais de Tokyo. These books will allow the reader to follow the evolution of the artists' reflection on their work. Reproductions of artworks, preparatory documents, visual references, and studio views will bear witness to each step in the artist's process and accompany interviews and essays.
Born 1986 in Paris, Dorian Gaudin lives and works in New York City.