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Didier Boussarie - Étang communal

16 May 2024 – 15 Jun 2024

Regular hours

12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00

Free admission

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Galerie Maria Lund

Île-de-France, France


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  • M8 Chemin Vert / M1 Saint Paul
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The title "Étang communal" (Communal Pond) resonates with public service, and straightforwardly announces the source of inspiration for Didier Boussarie’s recent works born out of his fascination with the life of a pond in the Loiret region.


Borrowed from road signs, this precise yet mischievous title conveys an idea of administrative pragmatism screening the poetic vision of his works.Here materialize an ever-renewed sense of wonder and an intimate observation of a micro-world, of this nature at the disposal of citizens: surface of water, depths, thicket, fauna, flora, and lights…this body of water is a whole, and this whole both sparks the desire to know and understand and feeds reveries.

Like a keen and insatiable lover, Didier Boussarie reconnects almost every day, whatever the season, with his pond. His story is transcribed in the form of painting and drawing on canvas, cardboard, paper, and printed fabric. His media have evolved, and the colour palette which was limited for so long now covers the full spectrum. Yet Didier Boussarie’s story with nature endures, as it has done since he was a child. This is one of the simplest and most complex stories: this is a story about what lives, pulsates, dies, is reborn.

The artist engages with his subject by observing it, touching it, and sensing it through his gaze and emotions, like a first time in a love story, the first time of one who discovers, of one who manages to catch a glimpse, to uncover some secret. And just like in love, Didier Boussarie’s always strives to go further, to embrace to catch hold of —catch hold of what?—, even for one moment, before the movement of life passes again somewhere else.

As part of his search, the artist creates snapshots, images overlapping traces of what he was able to see, capture, feel before the light, the wind, the fire, the water, and the soil: aromas and mould, ants marching to carry seeds of wild cyclamen, a bird landing on the pond, or the colour pink of an autumn leaf basking in a sunbeam. During his visits to the pond, his thoughts sometimes drift away and a parallel world of personal and collective consciousness feeds his experience. Didier Boussarie perceives and accumulates this whole within himself to then emanate it through painting.

A centuries-old practice, painting questions and challenges time and time again. This technique can be slow or on the contrary frenzied and impatient. It consists of spreading some paste or liquid on a medium,

underlying there yet another love story —one with materiality. Didier Boussarie likes to experiment with colour materials and with different media: oil, polish, tempera, ink, acrylic, cobwebs, paper, fabrics, wood, boxes, dry leaves, among other remains of the living. Through the years, he was able to explore many techniques and to invent some. Recently, Didier Boussarie integrated brown carboard in his lab —the kind used in packaging with subtle reliefs. This poor and rather flexible material allows to amplify the play of light and gives rhythm to the surface.

Despite what we think we know about the subjects, the silent beauty of Didier Boussarie’s works draws in because the artist uses his freedom to go beyond “comfortable beauty”. He presents the frightening reality of a wild fire by making us live the heat of that devastating spectacle, but he also manages to convey the quiet calm of fringe lilies, glistening like a green mass over the water. Didier Boussarie breathes in deeply his relationship with the living and exhales with ardour or with gentleness the drama and pleasure he observes. His Communal Pond marks a poetic territory, where tranquillity and amazement at the cycle of life coexist.

Tenderly, and with eyes wide open…

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