“I would like people to learn again, to look at whatever’s in front of them and find new relations with these elementary objects,” Baudart says. “A chair is a chair—it’s a support, but it could also be something else. I find it curious that some artists always feel like they have to make something new. I try to work with things that are around me.”
Perhaps the most ostentatious work here is Concav (2015), which strips several wall posters of their original context and information. Having found these abandoned posters stacked up on the side of the road, Baudart spray-painted each one a lustrous gold, repeatedly layering them, much like the papering over of street posters in cities around the world. Baudart reminds us that nothing is quite as it seems in its original, or “natural,” state and ordinary things are so often worth another look.