In fabricating monolithic sculptures and architectural structures which culminate in immersive environments, Fleming explores the symbolism of art-dedicated objects and environments which recall solemn rituals taking place in cult-dedicated monuments. The engulfing neon glow and the temple-like focus or confinement of the reconfigured room gives the viewer pause, allowing for contemplation of the presence within.
Displaying close affinities to the formal investigation and spatial considerations of minimalism, his work relies on construction materials and building techniques developed in daily work. Fleming adapts construction site aesthetics to art-dedicated spaces; white cube environments are transformed with additions and alterations to walls, floors and lighting. By diverting the primary functions of commercial building materials such as drywall, plaster and polyurethane, he challenges the idea of permanence and durability that prevails in architecture and construction, ultimately ennobling these materials and techniques through the fine arts.
The unusual monuments in turn revere their audiences, performing pilgrimages to different exhibition venues. Complementing the installations are furniture-sculptures that invite the viewer to inhabit them, and the spatial layout of these and other interior elements brings to mind peaceful places. Repurposing industrial and construction materials to create statuary, monoliths and monuments, Nicolas Fleming produces unexpected aesthetic combinations for the visitor to discover.
|2015||Le Devoir | Frédérique Doyon|
|Papier 15 s’agrandit | 18 avril
|2015||Espace: Art Actuel n°110 | Adam Barbu|
|Nicolas Fleming : Something that accompanies one everyday and everywhere | 15 mars
|2014||Le Devoir | Marie-Ève Charron|
|Aires libres s’ouvre à la sculpture monumentale | 14 juin
|2014||La Presse | Éric Clément|
|Aires libres: une galerie d'art en plein air | 21 mai
|2013||The Belgo Report | Vincent Marquis|
|"Off the Wall" : Peinture Extrême - Cadrer le tout at Galerie Trois Points | 16 juillet
|2013||Le Devoir | Jérôme Delgado|
|Peinture, entre l'essence et l'excès | 13 juillet
|2013||Montréalistement | Normand Babin|
|Peinture extrême 2013 : troisième parcours | 9 juillet