Bounty (Will), 2016 | © Mike Bouchet, Photo by Trevor Good, Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin
Mike Bouchet’s new series of oil paintings are based on photography about the collapse of human waste. Placed alongside his monumental glass sculpture installation, this body of work investigates the collective materialism and consumer habits of our society within the aesthetic confines of art. With this vibrant visual tableau, Bouchet captures solid waste in the fragile instant before it is processed to become homogenous sludge. These works stand as predecessors to Bouchet’s 80-ton sculptural installation made of such human sludge, presented at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich as a part of Manifesta 11, curated by Christian Jankowski.