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Exhibitions
01.12.2017

MATHIEU DUCOURNAU - APPARITIONS

On the one hand, there are the topographies, which are like abstract reliefs where everyone can see what they want to see… and on the other hand, the portraits. The theme of the portrait is part of a pictorial tradition, but little by little, the motif will migrate, detach itself, like a contemporary Shroud! With the series of anonymous, the artist transfigures each detail, until the personality of the model comes out. Then the artist continues the exploration of the representation of the portrait through the ages, with some great figures of the collective memory.

From Velázquez to Vinci, from Rembrandt to El Greco, passing by the contemporary icon par excellence: the emoticon.
References and tributes parade. Like mirages, these portraits transport us with their particular, almost ghostly presence. Portraits of memory, it is no longer we who look at the Mona Lisa or the Menina, but they who look at us.

The threads used as a dry paint, by mixing, by superimposing themselves, make these faces appear as if they were in three dimensions. Of blurred appearance, they only become more real, more alive! Mathieu Ducournau was born in Morocco and lives and works in Paris. an intuitive and unusual artist, he explored the possibilities of painting on his own before encountering thread and the potential of the sewing machine. he has been exhibiting regularly since 1996, and has also collaborated with French luxury houses such as Taillardat and Hermès.