For Carl Boutard, the relationship between man and nature is in focus. He is constantly 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 then 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. In this process, Boutard is able to investigate form and space in his sculptural practice, involving the combination of seemingly unrelated parts.
Having also trained to become an architect where building paper models was an important tool to visualize the result, Boutard constantly plays with scale and dimensions. Assembling, dissecting and recomposing unexpected elements enables him to construct a different reality. In his public projects, the viewer often finds herself in front of enlarged fractions of branches and seeds or facing objects which are entwined with the surrounding vegetation or built environment.
Carl Boutard, born 1975 in Kiruna, has studied at Malmö Art Academy and Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavik. In addition, he has studied architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Boutard’s work has been shown at Malmö Art Museum, Lunds Konsthall, Sven-Harrys konstmuseum, Artipelag, Bonniers Konsthall and Centre Culturel Suédois in Paris. Boutard was awarded the ISCP-scholarship in New York in 2015 and his public commissions include sites in Stockholm, including an installation at Life City, Hagastaden, Stockholm, commissioned by Atrium Ljungberg, as well as in Uppsala, Karlstad, Lund and Heidenheim, Germany. He is represented in the collections at Malmö Art Museum, Public Art Agency Sweden and Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art in Lund.