Boulder 1

Nicolas Sassoon (France)
Dalbin Gallery
Video / 01:00 / color
Edition of 3

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About the artist


Nicolas Sassoon

Born in 1981 in Biarritz, France, lives and works in Vancouver, Canada

Nicolas Sassoon is a Vancouver-based French new media artist working in print and animated gif.

Nicolas Sassoon’s work has long been concerned with the tensions between the pixel and the screen, reflecting on their entanglement and materiality by constraining himself to experiment with pixelated patterns and figures as its sole visual language. This focus on early computer graphics is driven by the sculptural, material and pictorial qualities of this imagery, as well as its limitations and its poetics. A basis of Sassoon’s research centres on all-over animations produced using a moiré patterning technique; consisting in the overlap of two images to generate the illusion of third image. Named after atmospheric and natural forces, these animations appear on screen as endless hypnotic surfaces. In space, they manifest as monumental projections scaled to the architecture in context.

Sassoon’s recent projects focus on extensive depictions of underground project spaces and music venues. Sassoon evokes the culture and communities surrounding these spaces using idiomatic visual elements from his practice: pixelated patterns, digital moirés and isometric perspective. Stemming from his accounts of operating within these spaces, Sassoon recalls his memories — the infrastructure, the objects, the events and the energies that unfolded over a period of time. He articulates the inner workings of these spaces, rendering them through pixels and patterns, and makes visible the unseen forces that weave in and out of these spaces. These visualizations are subjective records, halfway between recollection and imagination, simultaneously factual and fantastical. Sassoon’s aesthetic exploration creates a multitude of details, textures and imaginary figures, conveying the energies and processes at work in these communities.

While most of his work is published online, Sassoon materializes his practice into a wide range of Medias. His research leads him to engage in cross-disciplinary projects in the fields of architecture, electronic music, textiles, and art. Sassoon is a founder of the collaborative projects SIGNALS and W-A-LL-P-A-P-E-R-S. His work has been exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art (US), Eyebeam (US), Current Museum (US), Vancouver Art Gallery (CA), Plugin ICA (CA), Contemporary Art Gallery (CA), Charles H.Scott Gallery (CA), Western Front (CA), PRETEEN Gallery (MX), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), the Centre d’Art Bastille (FR), House of Electronic Arts Basel (SW), Kunsthalle Langenthal (SW), Arti et Amicitiae (NL), MU Eindhoven (NL) , Today Art Museum (CN), Chronus art Center (CN), the Berlin Fashion Week (DE) and the New-York Fashion Week (US).

About the gallery

Karen Paulina Biswell

Karen Paulina Biswell

Label Dalbin, Paris

Label Dalbin established in Paris in 2003 by Eric Dalbin, soon joined by Laurent Baylet, develops hybrid projects.

Label Dalbin produces videos, installations and performances at the interface between music and the visual arts for cultural institutions and private collections. What is original about this approach lies in the very nature of the collaboration here between visual artists and composers, who join forces to form a tightly-knit team that meets and discusses, writes, composes and records an original work together. This unity of time, place and action allows for the exploration of a new musical-visual idiom that blurs conventional boundaries between the genres, for the only thing that really counts is the creative process itself. The meaning of each work, in other words, lies in a meeting of minds between the artists: a shared experience that is uniquely and intimately theirs and has the power to profoundly alter each artist’s approach. Co-creation is the work.

Label Dalbin
55 quai de Valmy
75010 Paris, France

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