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August 07, 2015

Edge Of The City

By Tanisha Choudhury

Witness Julien Segard’s dark, abstract vision of urban structures and their interaction with nature

Ever wondered about how intimately our urban jungles co-exist with nature? Julien Segard’s solo show, Anywhere But Here explores the juxtaposition of the sharp edges of urban structures with the soft flowing curves of nature’s intrusion into these structures. He represents his portentous vision of the world, along with his ideas on the overpowering violence of nature, in the abstract form through connected sculptures, installations, works on paper and paintings.

The darkness of his deep and strong charcoal etchings is broken by the fluidity of his sculptural installations that are contrasted such that they blur the lines between the natural and the man-made. His practice of using scavenged items from the city such as malleable scrap metal, cloth, wood, paper and canvas is inspired by the Italian Arte Povera movement of the 1960s.

The medium, content and form of Segard’s work all complement each other and help to further his narrative. As the press note says, “Segard’s enquiry feels urgent and in contemplating on notions of contemporaneity seeks to address his own locus within the environment that he finds himself surrounded by.”

Check out a glimpse of his works here:

Blindspot

Divide, Construct, Deconstruct

Disparate

Under the skin

Elevation

5 Questions with the artist, Julien Segard

1. Artistic Motivations “Doing something that nobody else can do.”
2. Inspirations “Streets and my surroundings. I spend a lot of time walking around and looking at people and things.”
3. On the wall at home “I don’t keep any art permanently on the wall at home. I love things to be in constant movement. I usually pin images and drawings of disparate things on the wall – classical paintings, children’s drawings, newspaper cut-outs, technical drawings and quotes – and keep them for a short period of time. These inspiration walls are my way of breaking the boundaries between what is considered ‘art’ and other things that aren’t. They help me to connect different worlds.”
4. Concerns that find a place in your art “Construction, destruction, reconstruction and melancholia.”
5. If not an artist, you would be… “A prophet, although I realise there are already too many in India.”

Anywhere But Here is on display at Experimenter, Kolkata (2/1 Hindusthan Road) from August 8, 2015 to September 19, 2015.

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