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Painting: Acrylic, Spray Paint, Household, Fiberglass on Canvas, Wood.
ANTOINE PUISAIS Process
Before anything else it's important to understand how my system operates. I use matrices
to transfer on to canvas the results of my researches. Matrices are panels of plywood which act as stamps. So that what you see on these canvases is the result of a method of haphazard replication which leaves lots of room for the accidental.
Matrices are constantly reused, covered again and again by several layers of plaster, paint and pigment. New paintings carry the scars of old ones. Old compositions help new compositions, everything is reinterpreted.
But my work does not stop there. Once the painting is revealed, I take pictures of it and transform the images with processing software. A conversation then begins between the digital images and my studio work. Canvases are cut, turned and stuck together until I nd harmony between my discoveries and my plans.
I create problems and I solve them
In 1911, Georg Simmel claimed that architecture consists of a balancing act between the upward striving of the human spirit and the destructive forces of natural decay, for him, ruins represent nature’s de ant reclamation of her own materials. The ruin is nature’s victory over human enter- prise, he wrote, formed when nature transforms the work of humankind ‘into material for her own expression’.
This is what happens in my paintings. Look at them, they were repaired. They are vestiges, residues, archaeological nds. They are separate parts striving for unicity.
Each new painting is a playground full of possibilities and pitfalls. Each time, I tear away the canvas from its support, I discover the painting. From there, I act like an archaeologist who digs up elements from the past and connects them in order to understand the present.
The result of this process is an endless procession of “accidents” and errors. I have to adjust to what I discover. I have to deal with organic reality. My project is not meant to show paintings but to show how paintings are conceived and created. To show what’s happening behind the last coat of paint. How images slowly fade to reveal structures.
Build, destroy, rebuild
In my work the notion of un nished is essential. I act in a logic of construction, destruction
and renovation. To seize the key moment between the end and the revival. For me, the act
of painting is always a sweet war between what you show and what you hide, it's a re ection of an interiority and, in this binary act of adding and eliminating, I am interested in what resists.
Size: 35 W x 51.2 H x 0.7 in
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