French conceptual artist Mathieu Mercier uses everyday objects to explore ideas of the line between functionality and artistic purposelessness. His work investigates key tropes of modern art and design. Mercier’s oeuvre bridges mediums and styles in its interrogation of utopian movements such as De Stijl and Russian Constructivism while engaging mass- produced consumer objects. The congruities on view in Mercier’s works highlight the evolution of the concept of modernity and explore the larger cultural context within which these objects exist, referring to avant- gardes such as Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondrian.
Born in 1970, Mercier has exhibited at many major museums and institutions around the world, including solo exhibitions at Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany; Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; FRAC Bourgogne, France; Le Crédac, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Ivry, Ivry, France; Foundation d’Entreprise Ricard d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; and Kunsthalle Nürmberg, Germany; amongst others. In 2003, Mercier was honored with the prestigious Marcel Duchamp award.