Group show ‘ɔːtəˈmatɪk’ (automatic) w/ works by Jens Kothe, Xavier Mary and Benoît Platéus will open on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May from 2-6pm. Looking forward to welcome you again in the gallery!
Benoît Platéus ‘L’homme blessé’ (2015)
Acrylic on movie poster
mounted on canvas
155 x 115 cm (Installation view + detail)
To investigate the relationship between the original and its copy in ‘the age of mechanical reproduction’ (cfr. Walter Benjamin), Platéus reproduces and manipulates the photographic image endlessly. Beautiful examples are his paintings ‘Une goutte d'amour’ and ‘L'homme blessé’. Both are part of the series
BEHIND THE SCENES.
Benoît Platéus’s Behind the Scenes series, show atmospheric canvases fashioned from old movie posters. In the works, Platéus uses painting not to represent but to blur an image—to emphasize as much as to obscure. To create the Behind the Scenes paintings, Platéus reverse-mounts movie posters—often posters for old B-movies or forgotten films, which he sources online and in dedicated shops—on canvas and then paints directly onto them. Though the posters face backwards, a few details show through: fragments of text, outlines of a figure. Platéus paints in response to these, adding or erasing details with a faint pastel palette so that they don’t quite resolve into comprehensible information. Instead, the details form subtle fields of color on the surfaces of the paintings, which hover delicately between abstraction and figuration. With Behind the Scenes, found images incite a sense of nostalgia for a lost, or rapidly degrading, past.
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