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Un lointain, research around the archives of the painter Gaëtan Dumas in collaboration with the Archives Bordeaux Metropole

Dans le cadre du cycle résidences/expositions Doucement doucement
un partenariat entre le collectif grŒp et les Archives Bordeaux Métropole

Tableau de Gaëtan Dumas, huile sur toile 24x32 cm
Fonds ABM, Bordeaux 114 S 308 © Archives Bordeaux Métropole, cliché Bernard Rakotomonga

Restrict a pallet to nature in an attempt to contain it. Blue, brown, yellow, white, dark green. Trees linking earth and sky. This spring, great work, hymn to nature, mixed touches, coarse but sharp in thickness, a peat sky like an inversion: wider touches, subtle grays that reinforce the colors of the foreground. A certain lightning in the execution but which does not find forms in adequacy. Curvatures, drop shadows, poorly defined vegetation lacking relief. The curvature of the ground seems to want to reach the horizon causing an imbalance, as a last gesture.

40 years spent in front of the easel. Efforts do not pay off. My line stagnates as on the first day. Sometimes a drawing pops up out of nowhere and stands. I get lost in the large formats and in the small ones my palm slips under its own support. I can't let go of my mind, the line and its imperfections hold me prisoner. Always forget everything. This fleeting trait, I try to grasp it. I can't do it or so little sometimes. Wanting to be in the truth. Have good intentions, good will, relentless obstinacy... All this seems to be useless. Wait for this day of the great exhibition that does not come, live in the suffering of the lack of recognition. I would like to lose consciousness. Let me be forgotten.

Commissariat : Emmanuel Aragon, artiste, Marie-Sylvie Barrère, conservatrice en chef chargée du développement culturel et artistique aux Archives Bordeaux Métropole en collaboration avec Jean-Cyril Lopez, chef du service des publics des Archives Bordeaux Métropole.

Archives

Sémaphores

Sémaphores, une proposition de palette d'après Gaëtan Dumas
Emulsion huile-œuf recette XL (Xavier de Langlais)
Panneaux en lin marouflés sur bois 48x48 cm chacun.

Printemps

Printemps une proposition d'après le tableau du fonds Gaëtan Dumas (Fonds ABM, Bordeaux 114 S 308 © Archives Bordeaux Métropole) et de sa palette de couleurs
Emulsion huile-œuf recette XL (Xavier de Langlais) sur lin sur châssis 24x32 cm
Cette œuvre à fait l'objet d'un don aux Archives Bordeaux Métrople (2 mai 2019)

Plus d'informations


Doucement Doucement Séquence #1 - Au creux. Exposition Résidence aux Archives Bordeaux Métropole.
voir aussi la séquence #2 - Invincible

Je perds le nord (2016). Dans le cadre de l'exposition Le Plan de Monsieur Lem, Archives et Art Actuel
Collectif grŒp
Emmanuel Aragon, site de l'artiste
Archives Bordeaux Métropole

About Semaphores / Castle Battlements Abtract landscape diptych The work was inspired by the work of a Belgium architect who designed the new building of the Metropolitan Archives of Bordeaux. He sampled a few colours from the immediate surroundings of the building site as a guide for the interior decoration of the lecture hall of the archives. I was also working on the archives of the painter Dumas in the archives and decided to propose different versions of the same painting on 3 distinct diptychs from more abstract to realistic. Each landscape with its eyedropper most distinctive colours extracted from its adjacent painting. The trapeze shape is a reminder of the castle battlements. The archives building reminds of some kind of fortress. The pieces are highly decorative, the abstract landscape present fluidity and show the delicacy of egg tempera on raw linen showing the fabric and the colour of the linen. It conveys a warmness, and exhibits a dreamy atmosphere. The more direct two tone swatches remind us of coat of arms During the exhibition I was experimenting with egg / oil emulsion paintings. The shape of the painting was inspired by the castle battlements and the view one can have of the immediate surroundings from a fortress Castle Battlements were presented in an exhibition in Bordeaux at the City Metropolitan Archives It consists of a diptych painted on canvas on plywood with oil/egg emulsion giving a subtle distinctive shine on the surface of the paint film.
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