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Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS

Exhibition: september 23-novemeber 20

Like the spectator of a 3D cinema, Philippe Decrauzat’s work slides with mastery from one dimension to another. With wallpaintings and floorpaintings, shaped canvases, installations and light displays, we sway between scientific rigour and the vibrant effect of the red-blue spectacles. Whilst encompassing the legacy of abstraction as in Contructivism and Suprematism, in Op Art and its games of illusion as well as in Minimalism, his work shows a much wider interest for the origins of abstraction.

Abstraction is a mise en scène, set in space by visual effects that seize the spectator in an almost compulsive manner, like a flow of words on a theater stage. Decrauzat somehow records the appropriation of the researches, the visual codes and the optical effects of historical Geometric Abstraction, such as the ones in experimental cinema, graphic design or merchandising, often linked to serial music and the rock scene. His palette restricted to an obsessive black and white combined with precious color effects (for example R.E.M., acrylic on paper, 2002), his plain patterns under optical torments (spectrum tremens) witness the sophistication these fields are very fond of. Exchanges and interactions between these particular spheres enrich and reference the work of Philippe Decrauzat. While the artist unsettles space by this established vocabulary, he calls upon other authors and thinkers – scientists, artists, writers – whose work supplies his visual experimentations with further resources. His working process harbours technical and scientific references discussing optical phenomena and other visual effects : stroboscopical, psychedelic, hypnotic. The experience of abstraction becomes a physical and psychic one, an experience of the transformation of perception close to manipulations in cinema, where the space of a work is being distended until the third dimension and even until vertigo.

His installations and all over artworks indicate a spirit of montage, were it only for their instinctive rejection of and simultanious attraction for void. This spirit is increased by the spectator walking around¾a spectator whose sensory perception vertiginously loses its landmarks¾and increased by the movement suggested by the environment. Both elements participate in an art of perambulation as much for the eye as for the thought.

For one of his films, Screen O Scope (16mm, black & white, 2010), Philippe Decrauzat selected, cut up and permutated cinematographic material from Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. The chosen sequences are subjected to an accelerated montage and lead the gaze into a syncopated and hypnotic spiral. The lack of narration keeps the spectator in a unique and intense retinal excitement, an almost sound-like one. Between black slots and sun-burned flashes, Screen O Scope isn’t merely a simple abstract movie. The eye catches openings in a diffracted landscape : a white sun pierces the dark row of trees, of clouds and creates strong alternations of shadows and light. The film becomes a pure projection, an implacable rhythm without end that transforms into an alarming feeling : the ghost of the origin of these images.

Far from being tied up by the printed form, the images constituting the book Trois films photographiés – A Change of Speed, a Change of Style, a Change of Scene – After Birds – Screen O Scope that are photographs taken during the projection of these three films have been sorted out, selected or dismissed, and finally mixed and reassembled in 18 quires forming a 288 pages book. These 18 quires are then redistributed following a random repartition system in each of the 400 books.

Each book offers a particular and unique montage, another rhythm page by page, quire by quire, from peaceful pages to straightforward ruptures, from black landscapes to spots of white light, from powerful contrasts to grey skies, like as many scores and underlying stories.

From the films to the book, along with the NYSTAGMUS of three exhibited drawings, front and back, positive-negative and black and white, like a new suggestion of retinian excitement echoing the syncopes of the film that seem to be extended by the multiple combinations in the books. A way maybe, to loosen the tight net of geometry and to leave the hysteria of Nystagmus in favour of the subtler line of the narrative.

LIST
OF
EXHIBITIONS
 

Complete list
of exhibitions
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(1989—2020)
 


2020

Metallica
artgenève
Fabian Marti
Such a Good Girl


2019

Open accrochage, editions
of
The CEC at P.A.G.E.S. Salon du livre d’artiste et de l’imprimé contemporain, Genève
TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LE CEC à la LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches !
“A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations”


2018

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invites Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève


2017

Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette


2016

Presentation of the book
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Presentation of the edition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Works on paper
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève


2015

Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève


2014

WINTER SALE
AND
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève


2013

Artissima, Turin
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève


2012

Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich


2011

Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Presentation of the book
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava


2010

Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
“Encadrées”
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart


2009

Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris


2008

EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Presentation of
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
at Maison de la poésie, Basel
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes


2007

Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève


2006

The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006


2005

Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar


2004

Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo


2003

Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg


2002

Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale


2001

Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker


2000

Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999


1999

KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions


1998

One Step Backwards: Books,
prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
lithographs


1997

Multiples of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples


1996

Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel


1995

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Editions of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Claude Lévêque
Sans titre
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles


1994

Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition


1993

Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon


1992

Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi


1991

Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !


1990

Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition


1989

Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes