Eric Baudart/ Eric Baudart

France 1972

Installation, Sculpture

www.eric-baudart.com

Eric Baudart
Eric Baudart
Male
France
1972

Eric Baudart is a French installation artist based in Sevres, a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris. Always aiming for a delicate transformation within his pieces, this artist’s work screams contemporary resonance without compromising some aspects of his country’s older avant-garde heritage, mostly the ready-made works. Baudart’s pieces are made from commonplace utensils like combed plastic, paper and adhesive tape, but in a way that Eric grants them a whole new contextualization unlike the one they’ve had before.

Artists like Eric like the contact within the gallery and galleries as this is like a view to a wall of pieces - his 2013 exhibition had a related atmosphère resembling a facebook page
Eric Baudart – Cubikron 3.0, 2015 – Image via edouardmalingue.com

Unique Works

The Cubikron projects are, for instance, a perfect example of how Eric Baudart operates. These pieces, each titled the same but differentiated by the version tag (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0), are made from honeycombed plastic and they are concurrently a kind of affront to its original marble materiality. They defy the original context whilst offering new values underlined by an oscillating light. It should be noted that sophisticated humor[1] plays a relatively vital role in Eric’s art, although it is oftentimes hidden in the very title of the piece. In Cubikron‘s case, the name is derived from the Latin term cubicos and the Greek word kybikós, both signifying the presence of the third dimension. Furthermore, Baudart is heavily concerned with the process of his art creation – which is rather natural as his work is based on a ready-made kind of art. Eric has been widely exhibited internationally with group exhibitions at the MAMCO in Geneva, Le Petit Palais in Paris, La Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels and Bass Museum of Art in Miami being just some of the names of prestigious institutions within whose walls Baudart’s pieces have found a temporary home. He also had a few solo exhibitions across the territory of France and some of his pieces are held in various notable museum collections, including the MFA, Boston and the MAMCO, Geneva. It should also be noted that Baudart is a proud owner of 2011 Meurice Prize for contemporary art, an award that is a definite milestone of young Eric’s career.

Eric Baudart’s art is heavily based on the early 20th century ready-made art, although his work does add more then few original concepts of its own

Eric Baudart - Multiple pieces of artists - Image via galeriedesgaleriescom
Eric Baudart – Multiple pieces – Image via galeriedesgaleries.com

New Ready-Made

Baudart’s work may seem a lot similar to Duchamp’s ready-made art, but Eric manages to take it a step forward, giving the entire avant-garde technique a strong 21st-century note – the materials and objects used are not mere found objects but rather reconfigured and repurposed pieces. This way, Baudart is able to carefully install a delicate choreography of structure, color and form without simply moving one object to another place, but actually altering it just enough to give it a new context. It will be interesting to see where Eric will chose to take his creative practice next, as at this time it appears that all the artistic doors are opened to him- we’ll just wait and see which one he will decide to open.

Eric Baudart lives and works in Paris, France.

References:

  1. Anonymous. Eric Baudart Biography, Bio [September 10, 2016]

Featured image: Eric Baudart – Solarium, 2015 – Image via Edouard Malingue Gallery
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition Titlegallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Eric Baudart | again, again and againEdouard Malingue Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2015Ana­to­mie De L'au­to­mateLa Panacée, Montpellier Group
2015The HousebreakerRiga Art Space, Riga Group
2015GoldNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY Group
2015To rectify a situationValentin, Paris Group
2015Invisible LightEdouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong Group
2014Nous sommes des robotsLe 180, Rouen Group
2014The political failureGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Group
2014Magnus scènes de l'imaginaire automateVilla Bernasconi, Lancy Group
2014GoldBass Museum of Art, Miami, FL Group
2014Post-OpGalerie Emmanuel PerrotinGroup
2013Eric BaudartGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Solo
2013De leur Temps 4: NantesCentre d’art Le hangar à Bananes, Le Hab, Nantes Group
2013L’ORIGINE DES CHOSESCENTRALE for contemporary art, Brussels Group
2012Stock option chapitre IIGalerie Jeune Création, Paris Group
2012maison témoinEspace Mica , Rennes Group
2012L'art dans les chapelles 2012L'art dans les chapelles, Pontivy Group
2011avec & sansFondation d´entreprise Ricard, Paris Solo
2011GroupshowGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Group
2009Rien n'a rien à voirGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Group
2008Pétaflops: Eric BaudartGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Solo
2008Biennale di Alessandriasabrina raffaghello arte contemporanea, Alessandria Group
2007Antidote 31er étage des Galeries Lafayette, Paris Group
2007oneEspace Mica , Rennes Group
2006Sieben auf einen StreichMARTa Herford, Herford Group
2006Essences insenséesParcours Saint-Germain, Paris Group
2006HradacanyLa Générale, Sevres Group
2005Eric BaudartGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Solo
2004Eric Baudart, Tight SlidingGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris Solo
2004D’une Image Qui Ne Serait Pas Du Semblant. La Photographie Ecrite. 1950-2005Passage de Retz, Paris Group
2003Five Winners of the Gilles Dusein Award, 1998-2002Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris Group
2002Première Vue (1Ère Édition)Passage de Retz, Paris Group
2002A r t i s t e s P a r c o u r s S a i n t G e r m a i n 2 0 0 2Parcours Saint-Germain, Paris Group