Gérard Fromanger – exhibition: 17 February – 16 May, 2016 Centre Pompidou.
From my essay Foucault and Heterotopian Art pdf:
“Foucault’s essay on Gérard Fromanger’s pioneering figurative paintings offers a very different study of the allure of visual spaces that hover between an experiment and an experience. Foucault titles the essay ‘photogenic paintings’ which captures Fromanger’s use of photographs as the starting point for his visual explorations. Foucault begins his essay by describing how in the late nineteenth century the birth of photography produced a mad frenzy in the visual arts, introducing techniques with:
‘a new freedom of transposition, displacement, and transformation, of resemblance and dissimulation, of reproduction, duplication and trickery of effect’ (Foucault, 1999: 83)
Fromanger rediscovers the joy and love of photography and its transformative potential in painting. ……..Using a technique of painting directly over a transparency projected on a canvas screen, Fromanger converts the image, creating something that is neither a photograph nor a painting but, echoing lines from his essay on Rebeyrolle’s canvasses, a sort of ‘electric flash of the flight between the two’ . With blocks of dominant primary colours, the canvasses multiply the visibility of a specific event – from pedestrians walking by shop fronts to rioting prisoners tearing up the roof of a prison – and transform it into a ‘thoroughfare’, provoking a dispersion of inter-connected images. The canvasses do not ‘capture images: they pass them on…..”
Foucault, M. (1999 [1975)]) ‘Photogenic Painting’, in S. Wilson (ed.) Revisions: Gérard Fromanger. London: Black Dog Publishing. pp. 81-108.
18 February 2016