As a series of delays I, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 220 x 220 cm / 86.6 x 86.6 in
Pièce Unique III Philippe Decrauzat 06.04. – 27.04.2019Exhibition view at Mehdi Chouakri MommsenstrasseAs a series of delays I, 2017Acrylic on CanvasPiece Unique220 x 220 cm / 86.6 x 86.6 in
IntroductionWith his wall murals, films, sculptures, paintings, and installations, Philippe Decrauzat operates in the midst of the 20th century’s heritage of artistic abstraction. He uses both the language of form and the visual effects of Op Art, as well as the reduced geometries of minimalism. What predominantly distinguishes his works, however, is that they claim a certain critical distance to all these styles.
Decrauzat pursues an entirely different perspective on modernity, which might not be apparent at first glance. His artistic practice is closely linked to the methods and theories of experimental film and of science; it also corresponds to pop culture or cinematography. More than anything, the power of his work lies in a ‘concentration’ of the modern vision. Beyond the modernist logic of the optical, Decrauzat focuses on the eye—an instrument that was pushed out of the discourse of this epoch for a long time.
As a series of delays I achieves powerful effects through the arrangement of a multitude of wavy lines that overlap and create interwoven motifs; the work thus challenges our visual perception. The distances between the golden lines are shortened and condensed in a way that creates the illusion of spatiality and movement. The sculptural cut of the frame for the canvas enhances the three-dimensional and moving effect of the complex geometric composition.
The artist concurrently refers to the tradition of ‘shaped canvases’, which he combines with Color Field paintings and Op Art. The central point of the sculpture or the frame, however, is a shaped blank space that immobilises and fixes the viewer's gaze within the dynamic movement.
Short biographyPhilippe Decrauzat (born 1974 in Lausanne) lives and works in Paris and Lausanne.
His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, including: Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2017), FRAC Île de France, Paris (2011, 2015), Le Magasin, Grenoble (2014), NYSTAGMUS, Center d'édition contemporaine, Geneva (2011), Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Lausanne (2000, 2010), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2009), Secession, Vienna (2008), Musée de l'Abbaye de Sainte Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne (2008), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2008), The Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia (2007), MAMCO, Geneva (2005).
His work has won many awards, including:
The Aurelie Nemours Prize (2018), Prix Georg and José Guggenheim (2006), Swiss Art Award (2001), Prix Manor (1999), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (1999), Prix des Arts Visuels de l'ECAL (1998).