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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

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Canary feel it by David Douard contemporary artwork sculpture
David Douard Canary feel it, 2022 Casted aluminum, iron cage, aluminium, metal, screenprinted fabric glass, shoes
230 x 180 x 195 cm
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Lick'ng a'n 0rchiD 13 by David Douard contemporary artwork installation
David Douard Lick'ng a'n 0rchiD 13, 2023 Blown glass, aluminum, iron grid, melamine wood, metal, plastic, screen printed fabric, hair clip
180 x 50 x 60 cm
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HERE’ (SERIOUS'LUGS strategies) red and blue 2 by David Douard contemporary artwork mixed media
David Douard HERE’ (SERIOUS'LUGS strategies) red and blue 2, 2023 Aluminium, melamine wood, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, screen printed paper, acrylic glass, upholstery nails, plastic flowers, stickers
120 x 79.5 x 13 cm
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SOFTPIL'LOW-rack 2 by David Douard contemporary artwork installation
David Douard SOFTPIL'LOW-rack" 2, 2023 Wood, metal, fabric, aluminum, acrylic paint, styrofoam, blown glass, electric cable, bulb, paper, magnets, castors, plaster, synthetic hair, cast aluminum, paint, glass, resin, print on paper
180 x 400 x 70 cm
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Birdzhands and’US(A) by David Douard contemporary artwork installation
David Douard Birdzhands and’US(A), 2023 Wood, plastic, metal, aluminium, paint, plaster, tape, sticker, upholstery nail, leather
230 x 180 x 100 cm
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Here B by David Douard contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
David Douard Here B, 2023 Metal, melamine wood, metal, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, screen printed paper, acrylic glass, screen printed wood, screen printed plastic sheeting, upholstery nails
102 x 76 x 8 cm
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Here  by David Douard contemporary artwork painting
David Douard Here ", 2023 Aluminum, melamine wood, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, screen printed paper, acrylic glass, upholstery nails, tape, plastic flowers, stickers
135 x 100 x 7 cm
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Lick’ng a’n 0rchiD 12 by David Douard contemporary artwork sculpture
David Douard Lick’ng a’n 0rchiD 12, 2022 Blown glass, aluminium, iron grid, melamine wood, metal, plastic, screen printed fabric, hair clip
170 x 60 x 40 cm
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