The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost)

Featuring the commissioned essay, The New Graphic Method, by Julien Prévieux, an introduction and exhibition texts by Christine Shaw, and full colour illustrations throughout.


This micropublication was produced on the occasion of Julien Prévieux's exhibition, The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost), January 18 - March 4, 2017.

Curated by Christine Shaw


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Work, management, economics, politics, control systems, state-of-the-art technologies, and the culture industry are the many “worlds” that Prix Marcel Duchamp winning artist Julien Prévieux’s activities interrogate. The methods of recording movement and gesture developed over the last century and a half led to aesthetic results that recall the formal explorations of modernist art. Playing on this resemblance, Julien Prévieux transforms these records—originally produced for the sake of productivity, profit or surveillance—into pure form. Using map-making, dance, theatre, sculpture, video, and drawing, his work appropriates the vocabulary, mechanisms, and modus operandi of the sectors by which it is informed to highlight their dogmas and excesses. In his solo exhibition presented across both galleries, Prévieux highlights each mechanism’s potential for play, creativity, productivity, and counter-productivity.

Artist Biography

Julien Prévieux has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou (Paris), RISD Museum (Providence), FRAC Basse-Normandie (Caen), Synagogue de Delme Art Center, Domaine de Kerguennec Art Center (Bignan), among others, and was included in the 10th International Istanbul Biennale and the 2015 Lyon Biennale. His work has been included in group exhibitions at DiverseWorks (Houston), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara), and Kunstverein Hannover. Prévieux received the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2014 and is represented by Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris.


Commissioned essay: The New Graphic Method by Julien Prévieux

Introduction and exhibition texts: Christine Shaw

Image credit: Julien Prévieux, Forget the Money, 2017, detail.

Design: Matthew Hoffman

Printing: Colour Code Printing

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The artist would like to thank Daniel Lebard and Galerie Jousse Entreprise.

The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost) is supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto, the Institut français, the Department of English and Drama (UTM), and the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts.

The Blackwood Gallery’s 2016–2017 exhibition and program season is sponsored by the University of Toronto Affinity Partners Manulife, MBNA and TD Insurance.

Related Projects

The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost)
January 18 - March 4, 2017
Julien Prévieux
Curated by Christine Shaw