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SELECTED WORKS BY Nicolas Deshayes

Soho Fats

Soho Fats

Soho Fats

Nicolas Deshayes
Soho Fats

2012

Polystyrene, aluminium, powdercoated steel and fixings

Dimensions variable
Nicholas Deshayes finds painterliness in the manmade, and his works hover somewhere between two different kinds of making: the organically gestural and the industrially produced. His works operate in what he calls “the threshold between liquid and solid”, and the contrasts in his work – roiled against levelled surfaces, the heat of production against cool of presentation – are a way of examining the relationship of humanity to the materials with which it surrounds itself. The title of Soho Fats, a series of five white panels mounted on floor-to-ceiling handrails, refers to the congealed human fats found in central London sewers; by using polystyrene, a non-biodegradable plastic familiar from packaging, Deshayes draws parallels between the human subject and its residual traces. Cutting into the surface with a hot wire cutter, Deshayes evokes both the bodily remainder and rippling water of the hidden core of the city. Deshayes’ interest in plastics is a reminder of both their human usage and human associations; their carbonic origins are our own.
Acids (1)
Nicolas Deshayes
Acids (1)

2012

Anodised aluminium, vacuum formed plastic

110 x 170 cm
In Acids, Deshayes places framed sections of vacuum formed plastic on sheets of anodized aluminium. The aluminium, apparently stained with blanched purples, greens and ochres, recalls the sloshed skeins of abstract colour in a Rothko painting, here generated through the chemical activity of the metal, not the individual gesture of the artist. The plastic – mottled and creased like elderly skin – seems both churning with motion and frozen, stilled. Industrially produced, physically distant from the artist, Deshayes’ works still can’t help recall the human body, its frailties and residues.
Acids (3)
Nicolas Deshayes
Acids (3)

2012

Anodised aluminium, vacuum formed plastic

110 x 170 cm
Sebums (c)
Nicolas Deshayes
Sebums (c)

2012

Anodised aluminium, vacuum formed plastic

110 x 71 x 8 cm
Sebums (d)
Nicolas Deshayes
Sebums (d)

2012

Anodised aluminium, vacuum formed plastic

110 x 71 x 8 cm
Text by Ben Street






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Dawit Abebe    Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Mequitta Ahuja    Markus Amm    Marie Angeletti    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Diann Bauer    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Whitney Bedford    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Eduardo Berliner    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Jean-François BoclĂ©    Shannon Bool    Armand Boua    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    Clayton Brothers    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Jelena Bulajic    Alida Cervantes    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Justin Craun    Alexandre da Cunha    Ana Cvorovic    Dexter Dalwood    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Aaron Fowler    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    NoĂ©mie Goudal    Joanne Greenbaum    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Mira Hnatyshyn    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Diego Mendoza Imbachi    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Ian Kiaer    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Miltos Manetas    Jill Mason    Jorge Mayet    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Martin McMurray    Ryan McNamara    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Alejandro Ospina    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Laure Prouvost    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Scott Reeder    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Dallas Seitz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Allison Smith    Agathe Snow    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Martina Steckholzer    Ruby Sky Stiler    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Shaan Syed    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Philipp Timischl    Rafal Topolewski    Maximilian Toth    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Garth Weiser    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Paula Wilson    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Joel Wyllie     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Nicolas Deshayes's BIOGRAPHY

Nicolas Deshayes
Born in 1983 in Nancy, France
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Vanille (with George Henry Longly), Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Nicolas Deshayes, Galleries Goldstein,Hotel Palanque, London
Painting is a Painting is a Painting, Cul De Sac, London
The Starry Rubric Set, Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge

2011
PRECURSOR (curated by Shama Khanna), Event Gallery, London
Clockwork Gallery, Berlin
Rain (curated by Nicolas Deshayes) Cell Project Space, London
GLAZE (curated by George Henry Longly), Bischoff and Weiss, London
The Shape We’re In, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London
Keep Floors and Passages Clear, White Columns, New York

2010
A Killer Whale Breaching in Soft Focus (with Ed Atkins), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Cultural Wood, Concrete, (curated by Tom Morton) Hayward Gallery, London
Stiff Peaks, The Two Jonny’s Projects Space, London
2010.10, MOT International, London
Radio IPS, International Project Space, Birmingham
Keep Floors and Passages Clear, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham
A Strangers Window, (curated by MOOT) Nottingham Castle and Museum
Bolton Street (curated by Lucy Chadwick) Bolton Street, London

2009
Indoors Life, Walden Affairs, Den Haag
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Corner House, Manchester / A Foundation, London
Time is a Sausage, DomoBaal, London
Once In a Lifetime (With New Model Army Peckham as part of Bold Tendencies III), Peckham Multiplex Car Park, London

2007
Neo, RUN Gallery, London
The Travels, 42 Contemporaneo, Modena

2006
Specimens, 42 Contemporaneo, Modena
Artist’s Choice, Mogadishni CPH, Copenhagen
Year_06 Art Projects, Moot at the Mary Ward House, London
From There, Bloomberg SPACE , London

2005
Noble’s Island, MOOT, Nottingham