Jean Boghossian: Sensitive Traces

16 Feb 2017 – 14 May 2017

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In this exhibition, Jean Boghossian offers us a brief overview of his latest and most recent aesthetic research. For the most part, it concerns four mediums: paper, canvas, the artist's workbook and wood.


If burning causes damage, it also generates strange colorations. Flames, in themselves, are metamorphosed into a brush. From then, chance manifests itself and allows itself to be led by the hand of the artist. This technique allows him to discover, little by little, a personal approach to the space. In his work, gesture always retains an operative primacy, even when it is discreet, as demonstrated by the papers traversed by verticals in this exhibition.

The paper occupies an essential dimension in Boghossian’s work, as does research and experimentation of delicate marks. The book Brown Beige Black and Grey, presented in this exhibition, is made of different coloured paper and contains all the technical mastery and poetic freedom of the artist. It is emblematic of the variations that fire can generate.

In the canvases, on the other hand, destruction is more present and radicalized. This is where the artist's experiences go to the end of what can be made visible from his own inner battlefield for the viewer. The wooden sculpture, burnt and vertical, suggests not only a relation to the nature to be studied, but also an anthropomorphic relation in which the artist explores his sensibility.


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