At La Loge, Nathalie Du Pasquier and Luca Lo Pinto invite the viewer to engage with a new body of work, which reprises many elements of the artist’s former research and stems from her unceasing investigation into assemblages of form. Presented in the basement is a series of black and white photographic representations of still lifes originally executed in oil between 2000 and 2010. Each image is printed on an A4 format and then aligned like stills from a black and white silent film, denoting a different temporal experience. On the first floor, in the Temple, the artist presents an in situ installation comprising a wooden construction and six flat compositions linking the floor and panels on the wall like freestanding columns or totems. The compositions combine cut-outs of enlarged details taken from some of the black and white works on view on the lower floor with sheets of coloured paper and digital elaborations of more recent abstract paintings. The compositions are indeed an amalgamation, borrowing from some paintings, and it was this process, which inspired the title of the show.
In the artist’s own words: “There are several reasons for this work. As we were choosing the pieces for the Kunsthalle Wien exhibition of last year, Luca and I realised that during the long period covered by that show (35 years), there is an almost continuous elaboration of elements that little by little have emerged. They become like raw material and are recomposed in new pieces. From some paintings plays with that idea and pushes it further. At La Loge, we won’t use the original works but only documents: photos and computer elaborations. We want to present a new work made of older ones and devoid of material value. What a relief to imagine an exhibition made of paper, with no insurance! There will only be one three-dimensional piece made of “boxes”, that piece will be constructed in situ and covered with paper. Another aspect that we found intriguing was the possibility to translate the originally coloured oil paintings into black and white. To see them in black and white forces us to seek harmony somewhere else.” Offering a frame for reflection and experimentation in the work of artists and encouraging dialogue with its specific architecture, La Loge welcomes Nathalie Du Pasquier’s reflection on a life-long career in the form of a new, unexpected body of work.