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b. 1983, France

David Douard Biography

French contemporary artist David Douard is known for his sculptural assemblages and mixed-media installations. Created from found materials, they draw upon fragmented anonymous writing and ideas found online.

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Born in Perpignan in France, Douard was part of the graffiti scene as a teenager. The local streets have long been a starting-point for his work, and today the streets surrounding his studio in Aubervilliers—near Paris—are a source for the discarded materials used in his sculptures. Graduating from the National School of Fine Arts in Paris in 2011, Douard often cites the influence of conceptual art on his work, counterbalanced with a strong desire to remain expressive.

Forsaking American Minimalism's clean lines and purity of form, David Douard's installations are a rough-around-the-edges patchwork of things. His sculptures comprise discarded materials—from metal, fabric, and wood to airbags and sofas—that are reshaped, reformed, cut-up, torn, and compiled together in elaborate constructions. Sometimes they are also infused with an electrical or mechanical component.

Transforming exhibition environments, Douard brings his sculptures together with sound works, films, and written texts to create new hybridised worlds: worlds of multi-sensory and overlapping virtual, mechanical, visual, and tactile experiences. Inviting the viewer's entanglement in these fantasy worlds, the artist breaks down physical barriers between artist and artwork, often even incorporating furniture that visitors are encouraged to sit on.

Although most of the physical material of David Douard's sculptures is from the street, the guiding ideas and much of the text in his works are sourced from places like the dark web. The backbone of his work comes from fragments of poetry and discussions, written in the coarse, deviant language anonymously proffered online. Douard explained in a Frieze studio visit, 'Nobody expresses anything in the street now. Everything happens on the internet. That's the place you have to understand.'

David Douard's digital, physical, and conceptual ingredients are drawn together into the hybrid realities of his installations, which have been exhibited widely across Europe and the United States. David Douard's artworks also feature in public collections such as the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the artist has participated in several biennials and international art events, including the Taipei Biennial and Gwangju Biennale.

David Douard Solo Exhibitions include:

O' Ti' Lulaby, le plateau, frac île-de-france, Paris (2020); O'DA'OLDBORIN'GOLD, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2019); Horses, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2016); Mo'Swallow, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); )juicy o'f the nest, SculptureCenter, New York (2014); Innerspace, Bétonsalon, Paris (2012).

David Douard Group Exhibitions include:

Le vent se lève, MAC VAL Museum, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2020); A History of Desire: Art from the 20th Century to the Digital, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019); CHILDHOOD: Another banana day for the dream-fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Inhuman, Fridericianum, Kassel (2015); Co-workers, L'artiste comme réseau, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015); Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014).

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2020

David Douard Featured Artworks

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Lick'ng a'n 0rchiD 2 by David Douard contemporary artwork
David DouardLick'ng a'n 0rchiD 2, 2021Blown glass, aluminium, iron chains, zippers, magnets, metal, plastic, screen printed fabric
180 x 57 x 36 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Lick'ng a'n 0rchiD 1 by David Douard contemporary artwork
David DouardLick'ng a'n 0rchiD 1, 2021Blown glass, aluminium, iron chains, zippers, magnets, metal, plastic, screen printed fabric
194 x 59 x 38 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Us / They by David Douard contemporary artwork
David DouardUs / They, 2021Bronze, aluminium, magnets, stickers, metal, silk-screened wood, silk-screened fabric, chain, horsebit, plastic dentures, teeth
82 x 193 x 225 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
for thee hiding' by David Douard contemporary artwork
David Douardfor thee hiding', 2020Aluminium, metal chains, plaster, paper, synthetic hair
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Us / They (b0w) by David Douard contemporary artwork
David DouardUs / They (b0w), 2021Magnets, chains, bronze, aluminium, screen printed fabric, metal, screen printed wood, industrial paint
171 x 70 x 70 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
feel it by David Douard contemporary artwork
David Douardfeel it, 2020Aluminium, metal, plaster, magnets, serigraphed fabric, wood, leather
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Sans titre by David Douard contemporary artwork
David DouardSans titre, 2014Plaster, metal frame
190 x 125 x 3.5 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
O'da'oldborin'gold by David Douard contemporary artwork
David DouardO'da'oldborin'gold, 2019Serigraphed fabric, wood
199.5 x 150 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery

David Douard Recent Exhibitions

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