Delicately transposed, it’s the displaced materiality in Eric Baudart’s works that spurs their contemporary resonance. Honey-combed plastic, millimeter paper, adhesive tape – everyday, commonplace utensils are flushed of everyday contextualization and repurposed to create oeuvres that titter on the edge of artifice.
Living and working in Paris, Baudart pursues a practice that evolves from Duchamp’s readymade, whilst simultaneously devolving from it; the works or situations proposed are not mere found objects but rather reconfigured and repurposed, composed and re-choreographed materials that have been carefully assembled or moulded to mount a delicate ballet of shapes, colour and form.
Baudart has effectively created his contemporary own; a creation that can not only stand the tests of time – and perhaps even longer than in its original conception – but also a formation that is to be viewed and observed not as a support, but as an object in its own right.
He is also concerned with process; how beyond the material, its properties and original significance as well as use can be reconfigured or represented by a manner of practice. Baudart has by a process of creation distracted the viewer from the material’s utilitarian source, drawing instead on its variant aesthetic possibilities.
Permeating Baudart’s work is a further concern with displacement and effect; how by virtue of presentation, one’s interaction with an object can be changed completely.