TURN Gallery presents Life is Elsewhere, Swedish artist Carl Boutard's first exhibition in the United States.
In this new exhibition, Carl Boutard will challenge the viewer's awareness of their own physicality and emotion by confronting us with luminous geometrical sculptures within the gallery's confined space. In Life is Elsewhere, Carl Boutard steps away from his usual materials of bronze and wood, forming his sculpture in paper and cardboard. Separating and recombining cardboard boxes into larger sequential instructions, the artist has created a production process mimicking the workings of nature at the molecular level. Adding to this process, the cardboard boxes used have been brought to the artist 's studio by a coconut yogurt company housed in the building where Carl Boutard works. Thus the show demonstrates a local economy and ecology of material used.
In a larger perspective, Carl Boutard's longing for the outdoors has shaped his artistic practice. He observes and reflects on how we human beings associate with nature and culture. The exhibition is accompanied by a transcribed dialogue held between the artist and Joseph Scheier–Dolbergh, assistant curator at the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Boutard has completed public art projects in Sweden and Germany for patron including The Public Art Agency Sweden. His work has been exhibition at Lars Bohman Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden; The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland; and Lunds Konsthall and Artipelag Stockholm, Sweden.
New York Magazine To-Do List, March 9, 2016