The Promise of a Future | 2017
The Promise of a Future employs the codes of construction sites and barricades observed in everyday urban settings. At a slightly lesser scale, this impractical sculpture is shaped after a common bungalow, which is under construction. The project’s purpose remains unknown, leading viewers to question who would occupy it and why he or she would select this confined structure in which to take up residence.
While simple in appearance, the artwork’s complexity lies in its mere existence. The undertaking of any new construction offers – at least from its initiator’s point of view – an improvement to the existing area. Through this approach, the artist questions the multiple real estate development projects that are carried out in Montreal and Quebec City. Passers-by are invited to contemplate this strange encounter.
Demonstrating a personal affinity with the formal and spatial research associated with minimalism, Nicolas Fleming borrows codes from the eld of construction to use for esthetic purposes. The artist subverts the material’s primary usage to bring into question the idea of permanence or temporal durability that prevails in the construction trade. Diverted from their primary function, these materials offer viewers unexpected aesthetic compositions.