ARTISTIC INSIGHT – ANTOINE LANGENIEUX-VILLARD

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Door-window, 2017 – Installation Degree show

 

My practice forms an investigation of the elements that belong to the picture plan. I consider painting as a mode of construction and as a tool to materialise the dialectic between seeing and touching. I find a narrative in the way a painting has been made and I question the mechanisms that build a surface, analysing the limitation of the structure and the physicality of the surface.

 

The surface needs to be constructed in order to encourage a tactile gaze. I use different devices such as collage and sewing, with the aim to bring together heterogeneous elements from previous painted materials, onto the same surface. This process of montage allows me to be surprised by the result and disrupt the chronology of the layering. Fragmented gestures create a map of activity within painting. Each work produces a residue that leaves behind a reservoir of materials for subsequent work. I’m not attached to a form, but more to the conditions of its emergence.

   Assemblage ZRTA, 2017

Ink, acrylic and pastel on sewn materials

50 x 60 cm

 

The use of a transparent substrate enables me to disrupt the picture plan. I paint on both sides and on un-stretched materials; there is no longer a foreground, mid-ground, background; this dispositive allows me to reveal and expand the thickness of the tableau. What is behind becomes a part of what appears in front. Subsequently the stretcher belongs to the overall thickness of the visible surface. This constant rotation permits me to avoid the preconception of the final outcome.

Assemblage ZRTA III, 2017

Ink, acrylic and pastel on sewn materials

140 x 180 cm

 

The painting exhibited at the Clyde & Co Art Award 2017/18 is part of the series called Assemblage, where the different modes of making are knitted together. Layers and overlaps act as the operation of memory: by strata. The surface becomes porous and the unveiled elements remain active. Like an iceberg, what reaches the surface is only a small measure of what exists beneath.

 

To find out more about Antoine’s work visit his website or follow his Instagram feed

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