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Emerging Section 2015: French artist Sebastien Nedjar

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Born in Paris, France in 1977
Lives and works between Paris, France and London UK
He studied at Corvisart School of Graphic Arts in Paris

https://www.sebastiennedjar.com

From day one Sebastien Nedjar knew he wanted to be an artist. And he was right. He is very creative, he is smart, he is technically very good. He has no restriction concerning any technique or material, he is ambitious enough to not be disillusioned by this curious art world he just entered.

When a material or an item inspires him, he pushes its possibilities the most he can (see the Pursuit of Happiness in 2011-2012).

When the concept is the guide like with the remarkable installation MilaBlue 2015 (below), the material/installation let the whole space to the concept.

“MilaBlue” 1/2 -Project for Frieze Artist Award - London, © 2015 Wood, sand, variable dimensions -courtesy the artist
“MilaBlue” 1/2 -Project for Frieze Artist Award – London, © 2015 Wood, sand, variable dimensions -courtesy the artist

 

The installation Milablue is Nadjar’s most achieved piece. First level, an installation made of Five wooden ladders. Above each one a hole to get through with an inviting light that says “come, come over”.

One can bet these ladders lead either to heaven or hell, or both, depends on which one you choose? Who knows?  By themselves these ladders are wonderful; simple straight.

As another interpretation, we could easily imagine this is a collaboration with Director of the Opera de Paris, Benjamin Millepied. And this would be a stage waiting for the dancers….

As these ladders determine the volume of that white cube, we could find another interpretation: “How to fill a White Cube” this is the major concern of any curator and gallerist….

Here we are at First floor. We have the answer from the artist and again many interpretations possible. There is water, fishes, the whole of the ladders, a quiet feel blue light and those words “a moment of silence” made with neon.  It could mean: “there’s nothing for u upstairs!” or “come along with those fishes” or? I let you guess

I’m sure we could find as many interpretations of that piece as the number of viewers. It is the reason a piece of art is art. The installation, the painting, the collage, the drawing, whatever it is, must be able to transcend the materiality.

No doubt Sebastien Nedjar is an artist you should all follow because he’s going to be big. BCh

“MilaBlue”, 2/2 Project - Frieze Artist Award - London, © 2015 Wood, sand, plexiglass, water, neon light and fishes; variable dimensions - courtesy the artist
“MilaBlue”, 2/2 Project – Frieze Artist Award – London, © 2015
Wood, sand, plexiglass, water, neon light and fishes; variable dimensions – courtesy the artist

 

2014

 "Dedicated to 'Iron' Mike Tyson and all the fighters around him", © 2014 Wood, rope, painting, foam and plexiglas ; variable dimensions courtesy the artist
“Dedicated to ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and all the fighters around him”, © 2014 Wood, rope, painting, foam and plexiglas ; variable dimensions courtesy the artist

 

Here, above a wonderful metaphor for the everyday fight of an artist. When we look at it, we hear the sound of rage.

 

2013

 "MOMENT OF CLARITY", © 2013 Polyester plates, electric cords ; 500 x 360 cm - courtesy the artist
“MOMENT OF CLARITY”, © 2013 + detail below Polyester plates, electric cords ; 500 x 360 cm – courtesy the artist

Moment of Clarity (detail)

2013 sounds hilarious for Nadjar, which is great. Like French Poet and Novelist, Boris Vian quoted “l’humour est la politesse du désespoir” could mean “humor is the courtesy of desperation.” When there is humor, there is a distance to the world which is a proof of humbleness.

 

 "SuperCollector", © 2013 Cardboard, neon light ; 543 x 323 cm - courtesy the artist
“SuperCollector”, © 2013 Cardboard, neon light ; 543 x 323 cm – courtesy the artist

 

 

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