For the 2022 edition of The Armory Show, DOCUMENT is pleased to participate in the Focus section with a two person presentation of Julien Creuzet and Erin Jane Nelson, all created in 2022. Julien Creuzet (French, born 1986) is a visual artist who combines video, music, sculpture and poetry. In his work, Creuzet addresses the colonial implications of France in the Caribbean (Martinique and Guadeloupe in particular) and his own diasporic experience.
Erin Jane Nelson (American, born 1988) works primarily with sculpture and installation. Based in Atlanta, GA, her work emerges from a murky engagement with the shifting Southern coastal ecologies. Nelson’s sea creature-like forms evoke the catastrophic flux brought on by climate change and natural botanical symbiosis.
Both artists speak to the troubled intersections of the history of their own regions and events of modernity. Nelson’s recent ceramic multi-panel works are organic forms covered with a watery resin “skin” over their hard, shiny forms frozen in place. Creuzet’s most recent body of work included large-scale wall sculptures made of metal, fabric and plastic. Some source imagery Creuzet utlizes originate from local botany, drawings from documents drafted by early colonizers, and sailing diagrams of slave ship routes.
Curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, the Focus section will be dedicated to solo- and dual-artist presentations that examine the intersectionality of issues surrounding the environment, focusing on personal and political climates as they interact with race and gender. Encompassing artists that foreground South-South ecologies, the section will introduce a transcultural conversation around art production grounded on abstract, representational, and conceptual approaches.
The Armory Show will take place at the Javits Center from September 9–11, 2022, with a VIP preview day on September 8.
During Armory week, Creuzet will open a solo exhibition at Andrew Kreps Gallery. The opening will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022.
On November 29, 2022, Creuzet will be part of a group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, titled Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today. The exhibition will then travel to the ICA Boston and open on October 5, 2023.