• Rear Denim View
  • Zurich Load Drawings
  • Tender
  • Sir Walter Scott Stacks
  • Mark Makers
  • Gelatine Drawings
  • Cola Pool Drawings
  • A-Hole Drawings
  • Spazio Disponibile
  • Energy Log
  • Sylva Lounger
  • Front & Back
  • Thermal Images
  • Bou Bou Bag (Tie-D)
  • MR2 Mood Lamp
  • Load
  • Energy Fog
  • Watershed
  • Zurich Load
  • Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey
  • My Cola Lite
  • Bad Insel Wellness
  • MR2
  • Big Bag Theory
  • Canburger
  • Carpe Denim
  • Eagle Rock ShitRock
  • My Toothbrush is your Toothbrush
  • Space Bag Paintings
  • Tapestry Cartoons
  • Impulse Strategies
  • Last Paintings
  • Burger Paintings
  • Gelatine Paintings
  • Denim Paintings
  • Colachromes
  • Bounty
  • Bilboa Paintings
  • A-Hole Paintings
  • Valley
  • Schadout Stacks
  • Gelatine Sculptures
  • Dirty Room
  • Trixie
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Jacuzzis
  • Energy Log
  • Keglon
  • A-Hole Sculptures
  • Almost Every City in the World
  • Top Cruise
  • Tender
  • Untitled
  • Love Dive
  • Flat Desert Cola Pool
  • 16×9 Action Film

Rear Denim View

Zurich Load Drawings

The Zurich Load drawings are part of Mike Bouchet’s work for Manifesta 11 (2016), where he presented an 80 ton sculpture made of human sludge in the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art. The concept for Manifesta 11, “What People Do For Money”, hosted by the city of Zürich, was based on pairing an artist with a particular profession. Mike Bouchet had chosen to work with the city’s waste water treatment facility.

Tender

The Tender drawings are part of the project Tender, that is a sculpture by Mike Bouchet and was exhibited at Marlborough gallery in Chelsea, New York in 2017. Occupying the entire 45,000 cubic feet of gallery space, Tender is the synthesized fragrance of US Dollar bills. Although invisible, the sculpture, in fact, fills every molecule of the space.

Sir Walter Scott Stacks

The Sir Walter Scott Stack drawings were made from each of the individual stacks from the Sir Walter Scott sculpture.

Mark Makers

Gelatine Drawings

Cola Pool Drawings

A-Hole Drawings

The A-Hole drawings and collages relate specifically to the exhibition “Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model” at Portikus in Frankfurt as well as further larger themes: The Portikus building’s similar appearance to a “Spanish Donkey” medieval torture device, the humiliating aspects of architectures relation to art, Captain America and his arch rival, an italian fascist named the red skull (as portrayed by a Valentino look-a-like) as a metaphor for some imperialistic aspects of US cultural hegemony since WW2, the artists themselves as equally fallible characters, and many more complex arenas.

Spazio Disponibile

This 2 meter high pole is a blue and white painted replica of a traditional Venetian pole. With a decorative gold and blue top, the pole has a hand painted red and white “SPACE AVAILABLE” sign mounted on it. The top of the pole has a black marine work lamp tied around the top, which hangs down and can be turned on at night to illuminate the sign. The pole has a 12” square steel base that keeps it upright. The pole is also treated and can be placed in a swimming pool, pond or other outdoor situation for a truly authentic Venetian feel.

Energy Log

Sylva Lounger

The Sylva Lounger is an unique edition lounge chair made out of an actual shopping cart.

Originally realised in 2010, and available as a sculpture, Mike Bouchet has created different versions of this concept over the years. Due to popular interest, he decided to create a unique and affordable furniture line of the original artwork. The Sylva Lounger comes in two versions- either with or without arm supports. 

The chair is produced by cutting the sides of an actual shopping cart and folding down the front section of the basket into a leg support. The sides of the steel basket are bent and trimmed into armchair supports.

Front & Back

Thermal Images

Bou Bou Bag (Tie-D)

MR2 Mood Lamp

Load

Energy Fog

With Energy Fog (2018), Mike Bouchet ‘overwhelms’ us with the strong and highly artificial scent of Red Bull in the middle of a wooded area of the Middelheim Museum. Our noses are literally and figuratively pressed into the specific and confusing relationship between the natural and the artificial in the museum park.

Watershed

This artwork is a full scale, two-story contemporary American Suburban house that stands on the seawater of Venice, Italy as a special project of the 2009 Venice Biennale. Sitting exactly flush with the sea surface, this empty house floated on water until it sunk. The house itself is an exact construction of a new American Suburban house. Constructed from a wood frame with vinyl sided exterior, asphalt shingled roof, traditional windows, white interior walls, nighttime lights and a garage door.

Zurich Load

The concept for Manifesta 11 (2016), “What People Do For Money”, hosted by the city of Zürich, was based on pairing an artist with a particular profession. Mike Bouchet had chosen to work with the city’s waste water treatment facility. His work for Manifesta 11 is titled “The Zurich Load” and Bouchet presented an 80 ton sculpture made of human sludge in the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art. The city of Zurich has a population of 400,000 people, and on average produces 80 tons of sludge per day. This collaborative sculpture is a literal display of one day of the citizen’s “production” and provided a renowned context for everyone to see what they collectively produced.

Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey

A few years ago, independently from one another, Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet both had made a work that transformed the Guggenheim New York into a toilet. This coincidence sparked an ongoing conversation about shared interests in the politics of art institutions and their architecture. It has lead them to develop a site-specific project for Portikus.

The center piece of the exhibition is a sculpture of the Guggenheim Bilbao, originally designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. An over-scaled architectural model, this version of Bilbao is reminiscent of a battered, ragged warship that has washed up to the shores of the island after defeat. A long pipe extends upwards from the sculpture, through to the ceiling of the upper gallery. Here, hundreds of liters of liquid gummi are disposed of into the very core of the museum. This is also where the production of the A-Hole Sport Drink happens, a beef and banana flavored sports drink acting as a pseudo-exhibition sponsor through aggressive product placement. The drink is needed to create the adrenalin-boosting concoction The Bigga Picka Uppa—one liter of A-Hole with a Snickers bar dropped into it.

My Cola Lite

My Cola Lite is a sculpture composed of 2000 one liter bottles of diet cola and a five meter long painted shipping container. Mike Bouchet produced the cola with no sweetener or sugar, hence the “lite” or diet moniker. The artist wanted the cola to be black, like oil, and had the cola produced with the maximum amount of caramel coloring possible. The resulting “Black American Water” is also used as a pigment for paintings. The paintings, more properly referred to as stainings, are created by staining white cotton with this cola.

Bad Insel Wellness

MR2

Self described as “Cabaret for Parisians”, and toying with the popularity of cabaret in commercial film and tourist destination, Mike Bouchet created an immersive environment, which includes various motifs, paintings, sculptures, and 3 hour dinner event at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa. Every element of the performance was conceived by the artist: dialogue, music, choreography, set design, dinner menu, costumes, lighting, …  even the waiters actions. “MR2” engaged with the romantic notions of Parisian cabaret, contemporary culture, and the meaning of life entertainment for artists, performers and audience alike. 

This unique performance was a 3 hour spectacle with actors, dancers, musicians and other performers: an actual cabaret. After the event, the space was opened to the public in which the remains of the performance was be left for the gallery visitors to see. 

Big Bag Theory

The personal rescue enclosure (PRE) or “rescue ball” was developed as a solution for transporting astronauts from one Space Shuttle to another in case of an emergency. The ball allowed a crew member to curl up inside and put on an oxygen mask. The oxygen supply should thus be secured for one hour, during which the rescue sphere would have been carried to the rescue shuttle by a space suited astronaut. NASA eventually abandoned the PRE, in part due to Public criticism of their processes after the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry in 2003. Mike Bouchet had been producing Simulated versions of the PRE since 2002. In 2007, the artist produced 500 of these SPRE (simulated personal rescue enclosures) also known as Polished Space Bags, these alternative rescue enclosures were produced in Poland, composed of white PVC, a black zipper and no window. For a performance Bouchet has re-created particular episodes of popular television programs, such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “MTV’s NEXT”, with actors in these bags.

Canburger

Working with a meat canning company in Germany, Bouchet has developed a hamburger in a can, with a shelf life of two years. The hamburger is sandwiched between two buns, has tomato ketchup and mustard already on it, and has a pull top lid for easy opening. In the month of December, 2007, Bouchet placed a stand offering free samples of the Canburger at the Enfant Rouge Marche in Paris. This public market was created under Louis XIV and is the oldest public market in Paris. The Canburger is a starting point for a larger investigation into some of the more manifest issues involved in one of the worlds most popular food items. For the bronze hamburger sculpture (and shiny metallic hamburger cans) Bouchet produced 10.000 canned burgers and takes the current trend for what can be called “spectacular materiality” to its uncomfortable extreme.

Carpe Denim

Realized in March of 2004, involved the production of several thousand denim pants. Bouchet produced the jeans in the country of Colombia. The jeans are of his own design, and have a unique style. They are “one size-fits-all” with an elastic waistband. They have two large pockets in the back, a marsupial style pocket up front, and a long pocket on the side that runs most of the length of the right side.

Once the jeans were completed, Bouchet threw half of them out of an airplane in the region where they were produced. The remaining pants constitute a sculpture.

Over the following year, the artist threw many jeans into public areas in several locations around the world: out of a building in New York City, from a convertible car in Antwerp, Belgium and from the top of a shopping mall in Frankfurt, Germany.

Eagle Rock ShitRock

The interior scenes of the ERSR (Eagle Rock Sheet Rock) wallpapers are of a “studio” which the artist had in Los Angeles, for a project that he worked on for nearly 3 years. The “studio” was more of a sculpture or a specific contained environment in which he made sheetrock and bricks out of manure. Bouchet entitled the studio space “Giverny” after Monet’s studio, and also began producing copies of water lily paintings on commercial sheetrock. Using a number of disparate materials to create these paintings (such as toothpaste, manure, transmission fluid, paint, and plaster), Bouchet would also cut down these large paintings into smaller pieces after they were finished. “Giverny” was a project in and of itself, both a fabricated studio and an installation. The site was photographed by a fashion photographer before being destroyed. The resulting 22 interior scenes provided a visual tour of the space. The subsequent photographs were then blown up into mural-sized canvas prints (“ERSR Wallpaper”), which were then installed in a variety of locations, from private apartments, to art galleries and museums.

My Toothbrush is your Toothbrush

For My Toothbrush is your Toothbrush (1995), the artist invited various friends and acquaintances to come and live in his studio for three days: January 19 -21, 1996. However, during the event, the participants were then asked to stay as long as they wanted. The artist provided food, marijuana, and bathrobes for approximately 40 people in an attempt to convince them to move into the studio and live in and around a 17 meter long, fully-functioning futon sofa, titled “Commune Futon”.

Space Bag Paintings

Tapestry Cartoons

The Tapestry Cartoons are enlarged copies of collages made by Mike Bouchet. The artest makes these collages using original feature film posters. The oil paintings are then produced by professional painters.

Impulse Strategies

The business implications are fairly obvious. If businesses wish to promote impulse buying, they should create an environment where consumers can be relieved of their negative perceptions of impulse. Businesses should stress the relative rationality of impulse buying in their advertising efforts. Similarly, they should stress the non-economic rewards of impulse buying.
Additionally, businesses can make the environment more complex, further straining consumers’ abilities to process information accurately. Such techniques as stocking more merchandise, creating stimulating atmospherics, and increasing information may be useful to stimulate impulse buying. Businesses have to make impulse purchasing more risk-free, through convenient return policies, or increase enablers such as credit and store hours. Importantly, this model also offers options for consumers to control their buying impulses, if they choose to, or feel better about their impulse buying, by relieving their negative evaluations of impulse.

Last Paintings

Burger Paintings

With his large scale hamburger paintings Bouchet touches upon some of the more deep-seated issues surrounding food production and consumption in today’s world, from fast-food restaurants to canned military rations and survivalist movements. The photo-realistic paintings of hamburgers take fetishistic food photography to its grotesque limits.

Gelatine Paintings

Mike Bouchet has explored the materiality and aesthetics of ultra-processed foodstuffs in previous series such as in the Colachrome paintings, the Burger series or Energy Log and Energy Fog sculptures, again negotiates our perception of these culturally charged materials. For the Gelatine paintings he works with candied gelatine that give the works a range of metallic colors and surfaces which then are cast or poured onto panels, table constructions or blue carpet.

Denim Paintings

In March of 2004 Mike Bouchet started to produce several thousand pairs of jeans in the country of Colombia. The jeans are of his own design, and have a unique style. They are “one size-fits-all” with an elastic waistband. Once the jeans were completed, Bouchet threw half of them out of an airplane in the region where they were produced. The remaining pants constitute a sculpture. Carpe Denim was the staring point for the series of Denim Paintings.

Colachromes

The Colachrome paintings are made with Bouchet’s self produced Diet Cola. For this series, Bouchet has drawn inspiration from the myriad of graphic information associated with the popular employment new age concepts of Zero, Nothingness, Feelings, empty that have been used in combination with far less zen phrases of obedience, desire and More. But the ever present call for more is probably rather related with the human civilisation’s dissatisfaction.

Bounty

With Bounty (a word which connotes a generous surplus of amounts), Bouchet investigates our society’s collective habits within the aesthetic confines and safe boundaries of painting. This body of works on canvas is based on original photographs of collapsing human trash and waste taken by a commercial food photographer at the municipal water treatment plant in Zurich. As vibrantly painted visual tableaux, Bouchet captures the literals worst material of a society in the fragile instant before it is processed.

Despite being images of our own waste and dark symbols of a modern society, they leave the viewer feeling no sense of repulsion. The turbulence, chaos and colors recall fantastic scenes from 17th and 18th century Baroque painting, while the organic forms convey the luminosity and textures of a Dutch Golden Age still life.

Bilboa Paintings

With their Bilboa Paintings Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet playing further on the “Bilbao Effect”. As part of the exhibition “Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model” at Portikus in Frankfurt the artists also include over 150 paintings and a gigantic inflatable displaying Bilboa sunscreen lotion from Italy, Hollywood actors, star architects, as well as portraits of themselves.

A-Hole Paintings

With their Bilboa Paintings Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet playing further on the “Bilbao Effect”. As part of the exhibition “Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model” at Portikus in Frankfurt the artists also include over 150 paintings and a gigantic inflatable displaying Bilboa sunscreen lotion from Italy, Hollywood actors, star architects, as well as portraits of themselves.

Valley

This series was started in 2007, with an additional painting added every year since then. Each painting is 210 x 150 cm, and can be either leaned or hung. The 14 paintings (to date) measure 21 linear meters.

Schadout Stacks

Gelatine Sculptures

Mike Bouchet has developed an entirely new body of work based around a material he has been investigating for the last 10 years: candied gelatin.
These Red Bull flavored sculptures made from sugar and gelatin are mixed or coated with a product from the food industry that gives the sculptures a range of metallic colors and surfaces which then are cast or poured onto panels or table constructions.

Dirty Room

An interior dirt sculpture. 50 cubic meters of dirt; 80 square meters of floor space; 66 centimeters depth; Total weight of sculpture 30,000 kilos.

This is the first Dirty Room sculpture executed by the artist. The Dirty room material is composed of 50,000 pounds of topsoil from Home Depot and 25,000 pounds of compost from Rikers Island, the worlds largest penal colony. The New York Dirty Room has been on view to the public since 2005. This work was comissioned by the artist.

Trixie

For the artwork Kidman (Trixie), Mike Bouchet produced a bust of Nicole Kidman working with the sculptor in residence of the Cathedral of Guadalajara, Mexico. A negative form was produced of the original clay model, and then cast in ceramic. The fired ceramic object was then painted with automotive lacquer. After this, Bouchet packed the painted ceramic bust in bubble wrap, and deliberately dropped it on the ground. Bouchet then personally glued the pieces of the broken ceramic back together and filled the interior of the bust with fiberglass and polyester construction foam to permanently secure its final form.

Sir Walter Scott

“Sir Walter Scott”, is a spectacular transformation of Bouchet’s 2009 Venice Biennale artwork titled “Watershed”. This sculptire  featured a 240 square meter suburban American family home, which was floated on the waters of Venice for 6 months. After the Bienniale closed, Bouchet cut up the entire house with chainsaws and sledgehammers, in an artistic action that took more than 7 days. The resulting material from this action was shipped to his studio, and then reconfigured in this assembly of 15 “Stacks”.  “Sir Walter Scott” is a single sculpture that is composed of 15 separate “stacks”; with each column placed on a specific carpet. The artist composed each of the “stacks” uniquely, and the entire collection of stacks comprises one single work. The title of the work comes directly from the name of the house model that was listed in the original construction companies order catalog.

Jacuzzis

Mike Bouchet’s Jacuzzis are first built from cardboard and then coated with fiberglass and paint. The shapes and sizes of the Jacuzzis are derived from crude sketches of shapes designed to hold a human form, though often in eccentric or uncomfortable positions. They function as small scale architectural forms, in which the person can imagine him or herself floating. Though these Jacuzzis are sculptural, they can hold water and be outfitted to function like any commercial jet-water whirl-pool. The first Jacuzzis were made in 1998, and Bouchet continues to design and produce them for various celebrities around the world. 

Energy Log

The sculpture “Energy Log”, is a large cylindrical candied gelatin sculpture: 70 cm in diameter, 165 cm long, and nearly 700 kilograms in weight. It is the world’s largest gummy candy. “Energy Log” was cast by Mike Bouchet himself in his studio, using a stabilized form of candied gelatin, and flavored with energy drink aroma and color.

Keglon

The sculptures Keglon are oversized 14 liter glass cola bottles standing atop artwork shipping crates. These isolated figures of consumerism are full of contradictions. Bouchet creates a surreal homage to the ubiquitous plastic American 2 liter cola bottle, appropriating them as art. 

A-Hole Sculptures

Almost Every City in the World

The book is a printed version of a list of almost every city, town, village, or named living location in the world. The list has approximately 2, 900,000 entries. The book has over 33,000 pages. Printed on A4 paper, its spine measures over 2 meters wide.

Together with the book comes a video which displays the alphabetically listed names in a continuous scroll, similar to a credit list at the end of a film, and has a total running time of over 500 hours. The soundtrack to the video is a one hundred hour long track of film credit scores, which loops more than five times during the projection.

Top Cruise

Consisting of 1,000 unique hand painted ceramic busts of Tom Cruise, cast from an original bust of the actor made by the artist. Historically, busts of political leaders were distributed all over the empire to inform the population of who was currently in charge. These busts also represented the personality aspects that the organization wanted to convey. Bouchet feels this strategy is represented today in the large portraits of actors that are sent all over the world on Hollywood movie posters.

Tender

Tender is a sculpture by Mike Bouchet and was exhibited at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea, New York in 2017. Occupying the entire 45,000 cubic feet of gallery space, Tender is the synthesized fragrance of used US Dollar bills. Although invisible, the sculpture, in fact, fills every molecule of the space.

Untitled

The original artwork is a four channel projection with a running time of 10 minutes. The video was created by compositing 10,000 separate adult videos into a mosiac. Each individual video runs for 10 minutes. The original artwork can be projected up to 60ft in diameter.

Love Dive

From September 15-18, 2017, Mike Bouchet realised the site specific sculpture Love Dive (Diet Pelican Froth) in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For this artwork, Bouchet filled the city’s municipal fountain entirely with diet cola. The “Pelicans’ Fountain” in Plovdiv holds approximately 70,000 liters of soda and has a central jet that pumped diet cola over 10 meters high into the air.

Flat Desert Cola Pool

Flat Desert Cola Pool Selects (2010) has a running time of 120 minutes, and features all of the selected footage of the video shot on July 5, 2010 in a swimming pool filled with 100,000 liters of Diet Cola.

16×9 Action Film

This video shows a 15 second segment of the opening, middle and end sections of Mike Bouchets, “16×9 Action Film” from 2007. The original film was made from compositing 144 action films in a 16 across, 9 high grid. Composited at 4K resolution, and with all 144 audio tracks mixed into a single stereo track.The original piece can be projected up to 17 Meters wide.