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Painting: Acrylic on Glass.
In his treatise, De Pictura, written in 1435, the humanist italian Alberti, wants that the painting be like "an open window through which one can see the story."
The series Strip Landscape, painted by Thomas Durel, invites us to relive the mesmerizing monotony of the countryside as seen from the side window of a car driving down the road. It also implicitly speaks to us of our sometimes morbid fascination with speed.
His paintings finally evokes virtual images briefly fixed upon our screens every day, and confronts them with the image painted on carefully chosen window panes, remembrances of automobiles that punctuated the imagination of the artist when he was a child.
Ultimately, his artistic work uses humor to evoke the adventure of abstract painting, divided between geometry and Expressionism, for if there is gesture, then in the work process the material effects are ably contained between masking tape and are annihilated by the glass wall.
Unlike traditional painting methods, it is, paradoxically, the first layer of paint, deposited on the glass surface, that is fundamentally visible and crucial to the success of the work.