(Not So) Still Life
(Not So) Still Life
Glyndor Gallery | April 5–July 4
Nicolas Touron, Artificial Terrain #3, 2015, porcelain, aluminum, video projection, 5” x 10” x 5”. Courtesy of the artist.
Nicolas Touron’s practice is a form of visual storytelling; his multimedia works function as fables that reflect on how people experience and interpret their surroundings. His Artificial Terrain series includes a small video projection filmed in the conservatory of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which the artist visits often. Fascinated by the constructed natural environment of the greenhouse, the artist created his own handmade landscapes, incorporating footage from the enclosed garden. He set
porcelain-cast cicada carapaces in miniature ceramic terrains. Arranged as still lifes, each contains a video projection of macro greenhouse footage. Blurring the lines between organic and artificial, untamed and composed, Touron conjures memories of the natural amid sculptural and representational landscapes.
Touron has exhibited work that explores the relationship between people and nature in recent solo exhibitions at ID Center, Stux Gallery and Virgil De Voldere Gallery, all in New York, NY; and at Galerie Detais and Galerie Alain le Gaillard, both in Paris. His work has been featured in major museum shows at Pera Museum, Istanbul; Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Tropen Museum, Amsterdam. Touron received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.