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Stéphane Ducret, Taking it all the right way

Stéphane Ducret Taking it all the right way , 2016

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Stéphane Ducret, Taking it all the right way
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    Geneva - Switzerland

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    Painting : oil

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    Painting on canvas on stretcher

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    81.9 x 74 x 1.6 inch

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    Time and Space Transcendence features a series of brand new paintings which all continue Stéphane Ducret’s extensive experiments with abstraction and space. Through oil painting on canvas, he seeks to explore the possibility of overcoming the perceived challenges of physical and natural space, translating this into his work while stretching the boundaries beyond the immediate and conventional way one looks at things.

    These new paintings are a fresh and thorough dive into the artist’s method he already used for his Howl series where oil paint diluted by turpentine is directly applied with pieces of cloth on the canvas. In a physical, deliberate, energetic and nevertheless highly controlled gesture, he gives vibrant textures to the work. The paintings open new perspectives in his ongoing research in abstraction and process, and in the possibility of extending themselves in a spiritual dimension through the painted lines. They proudly bear the marks of their making, so that his hand is readily visible in the final result. The paint is wiped and applied in sweeping gestures from one side to the other of the large canvasses. Interspersed between these large paintings, a series of medium-size and small works punctuate the exhibition space confronting constantly the viewer with a size shift.

    Of the disparate forms in his practice, the abstract paintings are the most recurrent. His most recent and large color-field canvases invite an active, physical and intellectual engagement with the viewer and yet they try to remain open to interpretation. The paintings included in the Time & Space Transcendence series carry French physician Etienne Klein’s philosophical considerations on the multifaceted definitions of time. Their titles refer directly to the lyrics of the artist’s preferred songs by psychedelic rock heroes David Bowie, The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Velvet Underground, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys, etc.

    As a deliberate attempt and wish to accentuate the tension on the materiality of image itself, Ducret has chosen to work at first each painting essentially with a black and white base, with rare and subtle adjunction of magenta and yellowish brown colors. And then in CDMX, México for his up and coming solo show, Because Tomorrow is Today (April 15th - June 17th, 2016), he worked on a series of color paintings, in order to push the limits of his experimentation of paint.

    Philosophically, his art is going further towards what hippies retained more about the Beaten Generation: bliss… a sort of religion of universal love and of a link with nature. He is now trying to reach a particularly sensitive spiritual dimension. The artist would like to speak to the mind and the senses and bring the public to a sweet, sensual and deep transcendence.

    Ducret’s interest in opening the paintings to a wide range of associations is further expanded in this work by adding to his new investigation the relationship between process and painted imagery. Through process, technique, scale, composition and imagery, the artist accentuate the tensions in the act of painting, the construction of a picture, its physical attributes, the visual experience of looking at it and the possibilities of playing with and pushing open the origins of its meanings.

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Stéphane Ducret

Born in: 1970 Switzerland
Stéphane Ducret was born in 1970 and was Silvie Defraoui’s, Gilles Porret’s and Christian Marclay’s pupil at the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Visuels of Geneva now called HEAD, where he graduated in 2005 with specialization in art history in 2006. He was granted by the Leenaards Foundation a CHF 50’000.- Award in 2003 and he had his studio in New York (1999-2001), Porto (2001-2002) and Buenos Aires (2006-2012). He now lives and works in Geneva.

Stéphane Ducret’s work has been the subject of the solo exhibitions ’I saw the best minds of my generation…’, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux (2015); ’Open Window (on the Possible) or : How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Present’, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux (2014); ’Stéphane Ducret + Bret Slater, annex14’, Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Zürich (2013) and ’Primeros capítulos distraídos’, el mirador espacio, Buenos Aires (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include ’SPRAY#4 | Stéphane Ducret, Thierry Feuz, Daniel Orson Ybarra’, Spray Studio, Geneva (2015); ’Printmaking by ECAL’, Musée Jenisch, Vevey (2015); ’Bruit’, Villa Dutoit, Geneva (2015); ’S.P.R.A.Y. - Oainting Now’, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux; ’Drive the Change’, 100plus, Zürich (2014); ’Usine genevoise de dégrossissage d’or’, Forde, Geneva (2013); ’Collection d’art de la BCV’, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne (2012).

It will be the subject of his most important solo exhibition to date: ’Because Tomorrow is Today’ at the Galería Ethra, CDMX, México, from April 14th to June 17th, 2016.

Stéphane Ducret’s work is included into the following collections: BCV ART | Banque cantonale vaudoise, CICG | Centre international de conférences de Genève, AXA Assurances, Fonds cantonal d’art de Genève, Fonds des arts plastiques de Lausanne, Hôpital universitaire de Genève, Musée de Pully, the collections of David Brolliet, Nicolas Torroni, Manuel Noriega (México) and Hôtel La Cour des Augustins.
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