Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane
Acrylic paint and gesso on MDF, mounted on Baltic birch plywood
Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, from January 23 to March 9, 2014
This series of paintings was created using ivory black and titanium white pigments that were diluted with a great quantity of acrylic medium in order to make them translucent. Stimulated by the challenge arising from this constraint, I sought to let an intense visual depth emerge, beyond the simplicity of grayscale. The superposition of a fine coat of liquid color on black or white panels allows the emergence, through transparency, of very peculiar shades of black, brown and gray. A dotted pattern with trails reflects the displacement of paint on a flexible support that was curved. The result is a corpus of works that is both simple and complex, optical and material, controlled and unpredictable.
Clément, Éric, « La peinture comme expérience », La Presse+, February 27, 2014, arts section, screen 13. (in French)