S1 Artspace is delighted to present - Crude Oil - an exhibition of new commissioned work by sculptor Nicolas Deshayes.
Presented alongside is a personal selection of historical works from the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection including works by Hermon Cawthra, Geoffrey Clarke, Frank Dobson, Jacob Epstein, John Farnham, George Frampton and Henry Moore.
In 2012 Nicolas Deshayes was commissioned to develop a new series of works following a period of research at the Henry Moore Institute Archive and Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection. The exhibition Crude Oil brings together a selection of sculpture from the late 19th and 20th century that has influenced the development of Deshayes’ new work. It also marks the first occasion that S1 Artspace has presented a number of historical works as part of its exhibitions programme.
Drawn to materials due to their synthetic connotations Deshayes selects processes that exist in the manufacturing world for the purpose of prototyping, packaging and reproduction. From these he creates and moulds organic forms and surfaces which relate directly to the natural world and more specifically the human body.
The exhibition Crude Oil includes five new works each displaying a form of repetition or pattern; a reference to the mechanical reproduction processes adopted by manufacturers across the world. Although Deshayes does not commonly represent the body in a figurative manner – the historical works he’s selected occupy this role and act as protagonists throughout the exhibition – the new works each suggest a relationship to the viewer’s body through subtle choices the artist has made about height, position and arrangement.
The exhibition Crude Oil | Nicolas Deshayes has been generously supported by The Fluxus Fund, The Elephant Trust and Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.
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Nicolas Deshayes: Born in France (1983) Nicolas Deshayes graduated from the MA Sculpture programme at the Royal College of Art in 2009 and the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2005. He currently lives and works in London.
Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Snails, Brand New Gallery, Milan, 2013; Browns in Full Colour, Jonathan Viner, London, 2012; Vanille with George Henry Longly, Galerie Valentin, Paris, 2012; Precursor, E:vent Gallery, London, 2011 and A Killer Whale Breaching in Soft Focus with Ed Atkins, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
In 2013 he was featured in group exhibitions at Carl Freedman Gallery, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; James Fuentes, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; Shanaynay, Paris; The Collection, Lincoln and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. In late August and September he will be included in exhibitions at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Galerie Opdhal, Stavanger and The Approach, London.