The video Plans by colour is a fixed plan made up of a succession of loops1. The first sequence is a close shot of a warehouse façade located in peri-urban décor. The passage from first to second plan illustrates the act of sampling the industrial pattern of the fence. Next come fourteen three-minute sequences built around variation. They also reveal sampling, but this time of an advertisement pattern on tri-vision billboards. The plans and the visual effects2 saved then projected on the screen, remind one of the optical shapes of geometric abstract art, and more directly of two main branches: Op Art and Hard Edge3. The camera remains neutral, providing a passage from window-picture to screen-picture. The video plays on the limit between fixed and moving image. The sound directly connected to each loop introduces an off-screen dimension. Benjamin Rivière
1. “Nowadays when we paint, and it is abstract painting, we inherit a certain amount of critical positions and distancing models when faced with historic issues which accompany its development. We deal with a reservoir of excessively restrained shapes, ideas and positions. It is a paradox since this historicist vision emphasises how, from the start, this rare field is open to everything around it. The history of abstraction keeps bearing witness to the reciprocal influences between different fields. These circulations between mixed spheres – some “learned”, avant- garde. Others “popular”, industrial – create loops (...) The history of the optical shapes (...) is crossed by graphic design, cinema, music, and even literature.” Philippe Decrauzat | Interview with Fabrice Stroun | progress report | JRP Édition, 2003.
(...) “Is abstraction today mainly the property of the cultural industry? Patterns on clothes? Logos in scenery? Pictures on TV screens? Something relevant to the distraction of entertainment, etc? Hypotheses that take shape, are visual, as to what abstraction is all about today.” Vincent Pécoil | ‘Une histoire extraordinaire’ | Catalogue of the exhibition ‘La lettre volée’ | Les presses du réel, 2004.
2. (...)“Is abstraction an illusion, a hallucination ? Anamorphoses, drawings which appear abstract but are extrapolated from real figures.” Vincent Pécoil | ‘Une histoire extraordinaire’ | Catalogue of the exhibition ‘La lettre volée’ | Les presses du réel, 2004.
“Movement is a particular characteristic of the line. Contrary to the point which is centre and stays static, the line is of a dynamic nature. It may be indefinitely extended in both directions, and is linked neither to a shape nor a centre. If we consider however that the line is a fundamental element, it is only because the phenomenon which gave it life is no longer discernable. It is an element which has already gone through a period of growth.”
Armin Hofmann | Manual for graphic creation | Forme/Synthèse/Application | Verlag Niggli AG, Sulgen | Zürich, 1965.
3. Kinetic art, Op art, Optic Art: “An art of retinal vibration, of visual shock, scientifically speculating that our eye is unable to assimilate seeing two very contrasted coloured surfaces at once.” Hard Edge: “Painting based on the “optical mix” of two large coloured surfaces, the meeting of surfaces creating either limit or vibration.” Pierre Restany | Avant-garde in the 20th century | Édition André Balland, 1969.
"Dans la vidéo Plans par couleur, il extrait et s’approprie des fragments de publicités qu’il recompose à la manière d’un peintre. Il explore les motifs que le paysage urbain peut offrir, segmentant le réel, telle architecture ou mobilier comme içi, les panneaux publicitaires à lamelles trivision. Proche d’une certaine abstraction géométrique, surgissent un ensemble de tableaux animés de la lumière naturelle de la ville. S’approprier les signes que nous offrent les jungles urbaines n’est pas sans rappeler un geste fondamental de l’artiste du XXe siècle : prélever, c’est orchestrer.” Pierre Giquel
PLANS PAR COULEUR | Video Loop | Sample | Dv Pal, 4/3 Format | Dolby Digital 2.0 | DVD Transfert | Multiple, Edition Of 25
+ 3 Artist Proof | ©BR 2004 & Galerie De Multiples, Paris
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