In Paper Space, Boutard focuses on spatiality and transformation of an object; its materiality, scale and position.
The relationship between man and nature is a constant source of inspiration for Carl Boutard. He is incessantly collecting fragments and objects from nature as an important part of his day-to-day practice, creating a foundation for the sculptures to come. Seemingly unrelated parts are combined when transformed into bronze or other materials. Building blocks are attached to one another in an intuitive process, enabled by the previous assembly of elements. The thorough investigation of form and space is key in Boutard’s sculptural practice.
Paper Space consists of objects in bronze, paper and cardboard. Boutard uses materials that he encounters on a daily basis: tissue paper, banana cardboard boxes and other items which are usually thrown in the recycling bin. The title Paper Space refers to a mode in digital software where one defines the scale parameters, going from a digital environment to a tangible and physical object or surface. This particular process has fascinated Boutard for a long time, especially during this period of lockdown when so much time has been spent in front of the screen losing oneself in the virtual dimension.