Nicolas Grenier

On October 15th, 2016, The Luminary presents a new solo exhibition with artist-in-residence Nicolas Grenier, which translates theoretical and philosophical problems into visual structures.

What The Walls Believe is an architectural installation that brings a selection of miniature paintings together with a new version of the video Vertically Integrated Socialism, originally presented at the Bruges Triennial of Art and Architecture, Belgium, in 2015. Somewhere in between powerpoint presentation, 3D animation and audiobook, the 44 minute video tells the story of a person climbing the social ladder in a fictional housing concept—a single building that includes the entire social pyramid.

While Grenier's paintings often include text and diagrams with explicit references to political and social issues, the ones featured in this exhibition are mostly stripped of didactic content. They are self-contained micro-worlds that echo and complement the closed architectural, economic and social structure depicted in Vertically Integrated Socialism. The installation at The Luminary extends the visual and conceptual language of those works into a built environment, scaled for the viewer, that blends into the gallery space.


Nicolas Grenier (b. 1982) received his BFA from Concordia University in 2004, his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. His work has been exhibited regularly in Canada, the US and Europe. He lives and works in Montreal and Los Angeles, and is represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Recent individual and group exhibitions include: Giles (Gagosian Gallery, Athens), The City And The City (Denny Gallery, New York), Vertically Integrated Socialism (Brugge Triennale 2015, Belgium), Promised Land Template (Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles), One Day Mismatched Anthems Will be Shouted in Tune (Luis de Jesus Los Angeles), Marginal Revolutions (KUAD Gallery, Istanbul), Color Consciousness (Torrance Art Museum), and Corner-Thru (Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, and Union gallery, London. His work figures in the Loto-Québec collection, the Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (CPOA collection), as well as corporate and private collections.

The Luminary's exhibitions are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.