Nicolas Grenier. Eyes Adjusting Slowly

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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce Nicolas Grenier: Eyes Adjusting Slowly,
the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view from November 13 through
December 22, 2021.

We are familiar with the pressing questions of today: climate change, socio-economic and racial inequity,
information echo chambers and political polarization, the development of transformative AI technologies
by unscrupulous corporations and rogue actors, and even more pressing, our growing inability to govern
ourselves in an era of such global challenges. This context is not the subject per se but rather the
backdrop for Grenier’s new body of work, whose main subject and focus is how we navigate such difficult
questions.

Eyes Adjusting Slowly is comprised of a new series of paintings presented in a site-specific installation.
From one work to the next, the paintings propose different means for addressing these issues, ranging
from informal manifesto to experimental economics to ideological inquiries, placing the viewer in a
discursive visual space that hovers between the didactic and the lyrical. The paintings combine hard edge
graphics with vaporous gradients, diagrammatic schema and symbols, landscapes, and color fields. They
convey speculative visions for the future while also referencing art history.

Grenier creates an unlikely balance between content and form by combining the old-fashioned qualities of
oil painting — slowness, sensuality, richness — with a pictorial language inspired by design, datavisualization, architecture, and other organizational disciplines that form the infrastructure of the largescale information systems governing our neoliberal society.

The labyrinth-like installation unfolds as a series of pathways and color-filled rooms. In this environment,
paintings cannot be seen all together in one sweeping glance as may occur in a traditional white cube
setting but are instead discovered by moving through the spaces. This fragmentation of the gallery into
varying sizes, colors and shapes mirrors the overarching theme of the exhibition, as if casual discussions
about the current state of the world and how to move forward were spatialized into a tentative
architecture, with openings, vistas and pockets of dense content here and there. The installation creates
a space for meditative contemplation where individual works earnestly propose a subject for discussion
and unfold in painting time, not digital time.

A questionnaire completes the new body of work and includes the viewers as active participants in the
exhibition by positioning them in relation to the same existential issues that are addressed in Grenier’s
work. Taking or declaring a position involves choosing this over that, which is to say, it implies a form of measurement and deliberation. A quantitative framework, however, is often inadequate to ponder
qualitative notions such as morality or progress. By playing with the possibilities and limitations of the
questionnaire format, Grenier’ goal is to concretize, however modestly, the structure within which we
consider these existential questions.

Nicolas Grenier (b. 1982, Montréal, Canada) received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2010
and BFA from Concordia University in 2004. He has presented solo exhibitions at The Luminary, St.
Louis, MO (2016); and Centre CLARK, Montreal (2017), and has participated in group exhibitions at the
Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (2021); The Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (2018-
2020); The Power Plant, Toronto (2018); the Brugges Triennale of Art and Architecture (Belgium, 2015);
and the Montreal Biennale (2014). Grenier was a fellow at ZK/U, Center for Arts and Urbanistics, Berlin
(2020), and an international resident at NAVEL, Los Angeles (2018-2020). He was awarded residencies
at the Banff Center, Canada (2019); Fundación Botín, Santander, Spain (2017); Skowhegan School of
Painting and Sculpture, ME (2016); and the Luminary, St. Louis, MO (2016).

In 2019, Grenier was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s top prize for artists under 40 years old.
He received the Pierre-Ayot Award (2016) from the City of Montréal, and grants from the Canada Arts
Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2010-2021). His work is included in the
collections of the Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec; the Montreal Museum of Contemporary
Art; Concordia University; Caisse de Dépôt du Québec; the City of Montreal; the Royal Bank of Canada,
the National Bank of Canada, as well as numerous private and corporate collections. Grenier lives and
works in Montréal and Los Angeles.

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