Parra & Romero

Philippe Decrauzat

15 Sep - 06 Nov 2010

© Philippe Decrauzat
Untitled B, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
240 x 210 cm

15 Sep - 6 Nov 2010
Nivel 1, 2

Parra & Romero is pleased to present the first individual exhibition dedicated to the Swiss artists Philippe Decrauzat (1974, Lausanne, Switzerland).

The exhibition starts with a mural painting in the gallery window: abstract composition made from circles and its different fragments, which constitutes the graphic title of the exhibition.

In the main room, Decrauzat presents a series of three canvasses whose motives have been extracted from an undulating continuum divided into three different sequences, a kind of freeze frame shot, as if its undulation would have never stopped.
Echoing these canvasses is a series of three drawings. They have been placed perpendicularly to the walls and are presented on the same axis as the paintings. Untitled "Loop the loop", these meanders inspired on the rhythmical lines created from 1900 by the polish artist Waclaw Szpakowski, have been developed in a recto-verso style and in positive-negative.

The treatment of the paintings, objects, repetitions, sequences, permutations, positivenegative, points to the artist's interest in experimental movies and optical technologies, interest that lead him to make many short films: his last one is presented in the exhibition.

Untitled "screen-o-scope", the film has been realized (without camera) from images excerpted from the motion picture Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa (1950), extracting sequences which are re-edited picture after picture. Rashomon consists of a timewarped narration, in which versions of the same event, a crime, as perceived by different witnesses, are retold. The images chosen by Decrauzat come from the key scene of the film. These take place in a forest, with the camera focusing on the shining through trees. In Kurosawa's film, these views serve as a transition to indicate a change: passing from the subconscious to the conscious for the female character, or backtracking in time for other witnesses. Decrauzat takes these images of sunlight shining through trees as a base for his work: contrasts are emphasized, shadings erased in order to obtain a more graphic, abstracted image. These shots reveal some of the artist's recurrent thoughts, namely his interest in pulsating light. They will not fail, either, to bring to mind the very circumstances in which Brion Gysin conceived the idea of the Dream Machine.
And thus, Decrauzat's editing or montage creates a pulsating effect that inescapably captures the viewer in its syncopated pulsation. (flicker effect).

Dazzlement, the temporary blindness caused by staring too long into the sun, has often been studied as part of visual function and optical phenomena. These images from Rashomon conjure up a conception of perceived vision based on the sun's observation and lead to the very process of motion picture projection.

1. All the works are placed in the space on the same axis
2. All the persisting images are fragmented in a non random way.

Tags: Philippe Decrauzat, Brion Gysin