Mike Bouchet

United States 1970

Installation, Sculpture

Mike Bouchet
Mike Bouchet
United States
September 16, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

Since the early 1990’s, US artist Mike Bouchet, has been questioning social processes and structures in his work in a variety of forms including paintings, sculptures, installations, actions, performances, and videos. His artistic practice focuses on social and political issues such as ownership, consumerism, capitalism, and sex, yet also explores his own role as an artist.

Born in Castro Valley, California in 1970, Mike Bouchet spent his youth in the United States and in post Franco-Spain, where he lived for five years. The artist experienced his return to the United States as formative: made sensitive through his sojourn abroad, he now regarded social and political circumstances in the United States with an outsider’s eye and thus became all the more aware of their ruptures. While still studying at the University of California in Los Angeles with Charles Ray, Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, a.o. from 1990 to 1993, Bouchet, already beginning to devote himself to social and cultural subjects, explored the genesis of personal fantasies, the development of consumer trends, and the emergence of popular cultures.

The 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2009) saw Bouchet’s hitherto most spectacular installation, which, shedding light on the subject of the single-family home, may be regarded as a prologue to the exhibition “New Living” in the Schirn.  Bouchet bought a construction kit for a wooden single-family house from Forest Homes in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, made it buoyant, and installed it in the harbor basin of the Arsenale in Venice. For Bouchet, the “Sir Walter Scott” home, which is typical in US suburbs, stands for the dream of independence and individuality, yet also represents a commercial illusion of sorts, a borderline film set where one lays out the realization of the imagined freedom and autonomy.

After he had moved to New York in 2001, the artist again made his studio the venue of an art project. For “Warsaw Travel/Travel Warsaw” he turned the space into a fully functional travel office complete with computer terminals and specially designed travel posters and vacation flyers. Air passengers were able to book their flights there, but had to stop over in Warsaw where a photographer took a picture of them. The project was aimed at establishing a new air traffic hub far from the international routes and endowing Warsaw with a new meaning as a junction. Again and again Mike Bouchet relates to economic circulation processes, to phenomena, strategies, and ideas of consumption, marketing, and outsourcing.

His actions, installations, and sculptures always unfold concise pictures of complex economic and cultural contexts and the desires connected with them. His projects are models of a reality which is both real and fictitious at the same time. “You cannot alter your place in the world without first altering your image of the world,” the artist says, his interest focused on the effects of pictures and the social desires they produce.

Bouchet lives in Frankfurt since 2004.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Business LunchPeres Projects, Berline, GermanySolo
2014Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy: DOUBLE DECK Monty CarloMarlborough Monaco, Monaco, MonacoGroup
2014Stars and Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg CollectionBathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, Australia.Group
2014Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy: Powered, A-Hole Spanish Donkey, Sport Dick Drink, Donkey Dong Dongs, Sunscreen Model, PortikusFrankfurt, Germany. (forthcoming)Group
2013Mike Bouchet: FloodMarlborough Chelsea, New York, NY, United StatesSolo
2013The Untitled VideoThe Box, Los Angeles, CA, United StatesSolo
2013UntitledThe Box, Los Angeles, California, United States.Solo
201230th Sao Paulo BiennialSao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2012The Untitled VideoGalerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2012Simulated Personal Rescue EnclosuresHotel Gallery London, London, United KingdomSolo
2012PrivacyKunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2012TRACKS.M.A.K., Gent, BelgiumGroup
2012Made in Germany ZweiKunstverein Hannover, Hannover, GermanyGroup
2012EAGLESMarlborough Madrid in Collaboration with Marlborough Chelsea, Madrid, Spain.Group
2011Impulse StrategiesGalerie Georges-Phillipe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Hollywood DealsO.P.A. (Oficina para Proyectos de Arte), Guadalajara, Mexico.Solo
2011Argento Lawn ChairsArt Basel Design Fair, Cumulus Studios, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2011Strictly GlobalDeutche Bank Frankfurt, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2011Everything Must GoCaey Kaplan Gallery, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2011Commercial Breakpresented by GARAGE Center of Contemporary Culture (Moskow), Venice, Italy.Group
2011A painting showAUTOCENTER, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Notes on Notes on CampInvisible Exports, New York, New York , United StatesGroup
2011InformellnaturGalerie Sabine Knust, Munich, GermanyGroup
2011My beautiful MongoThomas Brambilla Contemporary Art, Bergamo, ItalyGroup
2011Das Meer: Traum and WirklichkeitEres Stiftung, Munich, GermanyGroup
2011InvoluntaryFord Project, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2010Neues WohnenSchirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2010New LivingCOBRA Museum, Amstelveen, NetherlandsSolo
2010HARD ONGalerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2010Diet Cola WorksThe Box, Los Angeles, California, United StatesSolo
2010RetreatBAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, GermanySolo
2010Where do we go from here?selections from the Jumex Collection, CAC, Cincinnati, Ohio, United StatesGroup
2010During Office HoursVGF, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Auteur/AmateurLayr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, GermanyGroup
2010VaxinationXippas Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
2010The Traveling ShowLa Jumex Collection, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2010The New New Age Film Festivalselected films, LICHTER Fimtage, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
200953rd Venice BiennaleVenice, ItalyGroup
2009Sell and Destroy - Redrawing the Bottom LineFrieze Projects, London, United Kingdom.Solo
2009The New New Age Film FestivalAUTOCENTER, Berlin, Germany.Solo
2009Making Worlds53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, ItalyGroup
2009Where do we go from here?The Bass Museum, Miami, Florida, United StatesGroup
2009Rotating VieAstrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2009When the mood strikes... The Collection of Wilfred & Yannicke Cooreman-De SmedtMDD Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium.Group
2009Remap 2Athens, Athens, GreeceGroup
2009Nothingness and Being, Seventh Interpretation of The Jumex Collectioncurated by Shamin Momin, Mexico City, Mexico.Group
2009Quand la premiere ivresse des suces bruyants…CAPC Musee d'artcontemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, FranceGroup
2008New New Age Film FestivalGalerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
200816x9 Action FilmsCentre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FranceSolo
2008CANBURGERGalerie Georges-Phillipe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, FranceSolo
2008AnthologyOtero Plassart, Los Angeles, California, United StatesGroup
2008Group ShowSebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin, IrelandGroup
2008Meet Me Around the CornerAstrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, SwedenGroup
2008No LeftoversKunsthalle Bern, Berne, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Walls in the StreetMuseum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, SerbiaGroup
2008Working MenAnalix Forever, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2008The Practice of Everyday LifeFeinkost Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Hotel CaliforniaGalerie Georges-Phillipe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, FranceGroup
2008An Unruly History of the readymadeJumex Collection, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
20072nd Moscow BiennialMoscow, Russian FederationGroup
2007Shitrock Crate and Tapestry CartoonsThe Box, Los Angeles, California, United StatesSolo
2007Almost Every City in the WorldGalerie Vallois, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Fat Slices and Conscious PrimersMC Kunst, Los Angeles, California , United StatesSolo
2007Reaction TimeCircus Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United StatesSolo
200716x9 Action FilmsMOCA Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United StatesSolo
2007Moscow Biennial 2Moscow, Russian FederationGroup
2007Uncertain States of AmericaHerning Kunstmuseum, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Bejing, Prague, GermanyGroup
2007New EconomyArtists Space, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2007QuotidianBUIA Gallery, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2007VerbaleInnsbruck, Innsbruck, AustriaGroup
2007Pawnshope-Flux, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
200727 TimerHollesgard, Hollesgard, DenmarkGroup
2007Mind Hacking IIWewerka Pavilion in Münster, Münster, GermanyGroup
20064th Berlin BiennialBerlin, GermanyGroup
2006Recent JacuzziesGalerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2006Nice Fine ArtsBerlin Binnial, Offenberg, GermanyGroup
20065 Billion YearsPalais de Tokyo, Paris , FranceGroup
2006Uncertain States of AmericaReykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, IcelandGroup
2006E-flux Video RentalSeoul, Korea, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2006Uncertain States of AmericaSerpentine Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2006Mobile: Suro CollectionTriangle Project Space, San Antonio, Texas, United StatesGroup
2006Uncertain States of AmericaBard Curatorial Center, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2006Sculpture ParkLahr, GermanyGroup
2006Space BoomerangSwiss Institute, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2006Von Mausem und Menschen / Of Mice and MenBerlin Biennial, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Palm D'Or Television PitchFrankfurt, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2005New JacuzzisKunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AustriaSolo
2005Top, Back and Bottom of Mind AwarenessMaccarone, Inc., New York, New York, United States.Solo
2005Do You Like Stuff?Swiss Institute, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2005Strich, Zeichnung, BildBAWAG Foundation, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2005Uncertain States of AmericaAstrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, SwedenGroup
2005Situational ProstheticsNew Langston Art Center, San Francisco, California, United StatesGroup
2005La Vista HermosaListe, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2005E-flux Video RentalKunst Werke Berlin Germany, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2005Greater New YorkMoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, New York, United StatesGroup
2005Off KeyKunsthalle Bern, Berne, GermanyGroup
2004Carpe DenimGalerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2003Overhead Baggage TreatmentMaccarone, Inc., New York, New York, United StatesSolo
2003High Desert Test SitesLos Angeles, California, United StatesGroup
2003Dedicated to a PropositionExtra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2003Sculpture NowGalerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2003Hands up, baby, hands up!Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, GermanyGroup
2003E-flux Video Rentale-Flux, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2003Kotzrohr and Popular Ceramics, Video ProgramWilkinson Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2002Out of TrueSanta Barbara University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, California, United StatesGroup
20011st Ghent QuadrennialGent, BelgiumGroup
2001CasinoSMAK, Gent, BelgiumGroup
2000Life After The SquirrelLocation One, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
2000Sebastian Clough and Mike BouchetAnton Kern Gallery, New York, New York, United StatesGroup
1999Business on SunsetBOSS Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California, United StatesSolo
199747th Venice BiennaleVenice, ItalyGroup
1997Snowball, collaboration with Jason Rhoades and Peter BondeVenice Biennale, Venice, ItalyGroup
1996Size MattersSpecial K Projects, Los Angeles, California, United StatesGroup
1994Common Denomination Language ExpoFAR, Los Angeles, California, United StatesGroup
1993In DisposalBroadway Art Complex, Santa Monica, California, United StatesGroup
1993Slum LoardMain Street Gallery, Napa, California, United StatesGroup