Dorian Gaudin (b. 1986 in Paris, France) is a New York-based artist who primarily works in film and installation. Gaudin’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as C.L.E.A.R.I.N.G in Brussels, Belgium and New York, NY; Balice Hertling in Paris; and the Palais de Tokyo in Zurich, Switzerland. His first solo exhibition was held at Nathalie Karg Gallery in February and March 2016. For this exhibition, Gaudin, who handcrafts machines that defy expectations, creates a steam roller that works in reverse picking up the imprints of objects on the ground.
Nathalie Karg Exhibitions
February 21 - March 26, 2016
Dorian Gaudin focuses on the interplay of correspondences between the organic, psychical, and material worlds. Combining performance, sculpture and cinema, his oeuvre moves back and forth between automation and living systems. He mobilizes, dislocates, and mechanizes in an amalgamation of genres: absurdist theater, science fiction cinema, burlesque and Minimalism. In his exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo machines and social rituals, visual illusion and physical presence set in motion a mechanism which is also that of the emotions. Revealing the capacity of objects to generate narrative and elicit our emotional and intellectual involvement, his works remind us of the way fetishization of objects and technology governs our relationship with the world.
Gaudin’s first book— published on the occasion of his solo show at the Palais de Tokyo— includes an essay by Kate Sutton as well as an interview between Gaudin and the exhibition’s curator, Julien Fronsacq.