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No 558

130 x 190 cm

Acrylic, road coating and pollution on canvas


Price: 3500 CHF


    The canvases are coated with ground paints, then the markings are done with road coating using the same stencils that are used to mark our roads. The same stencils, the same scale, the same plasters that make the canvases reflections of pieces of the bitumen that we tread on every day.

    They will be left for weeks on the road. Thus, they are exposed to external attacks from vehicles. Over time, these attacks leave their marks on the paintings.

    These footprints bear witness to the daily discharges on the soils of our roads. So the daily pollution, revealed by this process, becomes art.


    Nicolas Noverraz , Swiss artist born in 1969, graduated from the Ralph Fink school and from the geography faculty of the University of Geneva. Independent visual artist, he has participated in more than a hundred exhibitions from 1995 to date mainly in Switzerland but also in Paris, Barcelona, Germany and at the "London Contemporary Art" -London. Artist member of the nufnuf-art foundation. He is described as "painter and poet of urbanity". Refusing to sink into a heavy criticism of the consumer world, Nicolas Noverraz prefers to give us winks to encourage us to shift our gaze.

    - He invents the concept of "Art Pollution" which consists for example in fixing a canvas against the wall of a parking lot, after a few months, the exhaust gas emissions will have left their mark, in an almost aesthetic way, on the Web. The result is surprising, this seemingly harmless approach prompts a deep reflection on the ecological question (what do we reject in nature?) And the artistic debate on the beautiful and the ugly.

    - He created the concept of canvas in the shape of oil drums. A way of questioning the galloping rise in the price of a barrel, without necessarily being a claimant.

    - Nicolas Noverraz likes to paint materials, machines, details like the hyperrealists. But unlike them, he does not focus on the shiny, the brand new but seeks to capture the poetry of the gutter and highlights what is old, dirty. He seeks to "make beautiful with ugly". For him, the role of the artist is more to look at our system to point out its deviations.

  • COLLECTION : Art Pollution

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