Nicolas Fleming

Artist Profile

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.

2015Le Devoir | Frédérique Doyon
 Papier 15 s’agrandit | 18 avril
2015Espace: Art Actuel n°110 | Adam Barbu
 Nicolas Fleming : Something that accompanies one everyday and everywhere | 15 mars
2014Le Devoir | Marie-Ève Charron
 Aires libres s’ouvre à la sculpture monumentale | 14 juin
2014La Presse | Éric Clément
 Aires libres: une galerie d'art en plein air | 21 mai
2013The Belgo Report | Vincent Marquis
 "Off the Wall" : Peinture Extrême - Cadrer le tout at Galerie Trois Points | 16 juillet
2013Le Devoir | Jérôme Delgado
 Peinture, entre l'essence et l'excès | 13 juillet
2013Montréalistement | Normand Babin
 Peinture extrême 2013 : troisième parcours | 9 juillet