June 25 - August 7, 2021
Tableau moves through Forest City Gallery like a ground-swell. Fragments of plywood, objects, and clothing emerge from a painting made of plaster, its center dug out like a well, spilling forth a multi-layered and dense work that is simultaneously being created and subsumed by an accumulation of material.
Fleming is dedicated to creating installations only with reused material as much as possible. In Tableau, sculptures and paintings once found in other exhibitions are renewed and altered into a new form. Clothes, having grown musty in unopened drawers, are tossed into the mix, alongside defunct electronics, broken down crates, drywall, and other “leftovers” from past installations.
Nicolas Fleming’s cross-disciplinary artistic practice spans over 15 years. He completed an MFA in Visual and Media Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2007. Since 2006, Fleming has presented numerous solo exhibitions across Quebec, notably at UQAM Gallery, McClure Gallery, AXENÉO7, Galerie Trois Points, L’Oeil de poisson, Maison des Arts de Laval, Centre CLARK, Centre Plein sud, as well as at ISE Cultural Foundation (New York, NY) and Harcourt House (Edmonton, AB). He attended artistic residencies in 2017 at Rupert (Vilnius, Lithuania) and in 2018 at Sculpture Space (Utica, NY). Since 2018, Fleming has been blurring the definitions of artist, art installer, art director and curator and contributed in putting together projects resulting group shows at Evans Contemporary (Peterborough), Koffler Centre for the Arts (Toronto), Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington) and Musée d’art de Joliette (Joliette).