ARTIST

Spectre
Arthur Fouray

Quark
6 rue Charles Humbert, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland

SOLO SHOW
12.11 – 21.12.2015

Curator
Elisa Langlois

PRESS RELEASE
Arthur Fouray is a story in progress. It opens with an "Once upon a time" and evolves through recurring stylistic figures that articulate the content of its statements. From historical frescoes to modern painting, Arthur Fouray explores history and stories by using Pop or popular twists and turns, such as the cinematic screen or Walt Disney. Spectre is a first personal exhibition. It constitutes a real proposal regarding openness. A kind of teaser of what awaits us with the continuation of the adventures of this young artist. It lays the foundations for a cosmogony whose dynamic challenges are materialized in standard objects. The latter decline in series, and weave links with each other to shape a message of solidarity whose profiles are shaped under the prism of various spectra.

Finely chosen colours, perfect flat tints, clearly defined painted surfaces, Arthur Fouray practices monochromatic painting with care and precision. If the monochrome is a historical pictorial form in the 21st century with its supremacist, spiritual and geometric figures - if the monochrome is a zero degree of painting, a simple, radical or essential gesture, it takes on an autographic and signage dimension in Arthur Fouray beyond the referential one.

The #aaafff series of paintings operates according to a clearly defined formula. These monochromatic shades, halfway between sky blue and purple, hide an object within their frames, most often taken from the domestic environment. The colour announces the secret of the piece, a work of intertwining that allows the association of a monochrome canvas with an object. Here the artist reconciles abstraction and ready-made, two "a priori" antagonistic pillars of the avant-garde history. Through the game of the series, the #aaafff propose themselves as the stamp of this approach. A code that informs us of a specific gesture, painting and sculpture hybrid.

In the case of #000fff polyvision, Spectre offers a variant to the rule. #000fff polyvision is a wall painting with the color #aaafff at its maximum saturation. The work no longer hides an object but suggests its projection. The dimensions of the work are based on the ratios of Abel Gance's triptych polyvision screen for his film Napoleon (1927). It is a utopian and gigantic cinematographic form, a triple coloured projection on three assembled screens. Gance deliberately borrowed the term triptych from painting to signify the displacement of medium by the historical fresco towards cinema. #000fff polyvision moves the genre back from screen to painting.

A combination of architectural and experimental, Morel #aaafff polyvision is the result of a series parallel to the #aaafff series. In the case of Morel #aaafff polyvision, a painting is contained rolled up in a box. It is a 16-meter-long monochrome canvas that the artist has decided to freeze in the sculpture as it stands: "a fossilization of the object within a medium". Beyond its role as a container, the box is in itself a complex object with its own narrative. The structure consists of 12 ready-made boxes that are used for painting. While it evokes the woodwork of 17th century princely galleries, its wall layout echoes Donald Judd's "specific objects", in particular the Untitled series (Ballantine 89-49), modular wooden boxes placed horizontally on the wall.

From the "Great Century" to minimal art, from historical painting to the screen, the anachronistic and conceptual gaps they perform are marked by Marcel Broodthaers' spectrum. Broodthaers is a recurring figure in Arthur Fouray's lexicon of reference, because it perfectly illustrates a search for balance and meaning in the constrained meetings of the official Art - Critical Art couple.

Andy and Kasimir are the protagonists of the series of "object paintings". The series begins in 2013 when Arthur Fouray decides to stretch a canvas on the box spring of his bed. As with the #aaafff, the canvases are all monochrome. Here, the federating gesture is the use of bedding elements as a frame. Through the prism of domesticity and intimacy, from the pillow to the duvet, the object paintings engage the monochrome in an obvious relationship to the body. Their titles illuminate with their indices the referential content of the object, associating them with a color or a number. In a gesture almost more Pop than Minimal this series highlights a porosity of genres. If Kasimir pulls the Malevitch rubber band, the object it presents absolves the monochrome of his supremacist myth, from a pure and self-sufficient abstract painting. Just as Andy clearly refers to the Silver Clouds of Warhol, the light and airy appearance of Pop helium balloons lies under canvas and paint. By injecting a domestic structure into his canvases, Arthur Fouray returns the zero degree of the painting.

Elisa Langlois

PHOTOGRAPHY
Arthur Fouray

Acknowledgments
Nastassia Montel
Jean–Marie Bolay
Julien Gremaud
Stéphanie Serra
Frédéric Gabioud
Grégoire Bolay
Baker Wardlaw
Boesner France
BFP–CINDAR


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