Geode 7, 2011
Clear print mounted on mirror
29.8 x 38.1 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Wil Aballe Art Projects
The rapid rise of new media artist Nicolas Sassoon is extraordinary. Practicing in Vancouver since 2008, this trailblazing French artist and curator has been at the forefront of net-based practices, gaining prominence through both through galleries and online. A key aspect of Sassoon’s practice has been envisioning hypothetical locations using image-rendering software. His screen-based animations are often materialised through 2D and 3D printing. This was the focus of his recent solo exhibition Dream Homes (2014) at Wil Aballe Art Projects, where Sassoon translated ideas of an idyllic holiday retreat into austere, cubic structures in greyscale landscapes.
Undoubtedly, Sassoon’s earlier series Home Studies (2011) propelled the artist’s ongoing inquiry into virtually imagined spaces, and in particular utopian and dystopian possibilities. Geode 7 presents a version of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome – an icon of optimism – as a strange and disjunctive object. The work recalls op art of the 1960s, newly manifest for a twenty-first century context. For this unique iteration, Sassoon has mounted a clear print upon a mirror, inventively marrying early computer rendering language with cutting edge technology.
Nicolas Sassoon (b. Marseille, France, 1981) has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr (2015) at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Windows (2014) at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Change of State (2013) at the New Museum, New York, US. This fall he will premiere a new animation work at Rhizome in New York City. He is the Digital Arts curator for the New Forms Festival, Vancouver (2014-present) and curated the group show Witchcraft at Initial Gallery last year. Sassoon is a member of the online collective Computers Club and a co-founder of the collective WALLPAPERS. He holds an MFA (2007) from École Européenne Supérieure de l’image, Angoulême, France.