Recently published book by Régis Debray Le stupéfiant image has Fromanger’s photo-painting of Foucault on the cover. The book includes reflections on Fromanger’s work. I have recently been reading Foucault’s own essay on Fromanger’s ‘photogenic’ painting.
Foucault describes how Fromanger uses a technique of painting directly over a transparency projected on a canvas screen. For Foucault, Fomanger’s works transform the image, creating something that is neither a photograph nor a painting but a sort of electric flash of the flight between the two (91). The canvasses do not ‘capture images: they do not fix them, they pass them on’ (95) and we are left with utterly different spaces: images that are also ‘events’ and ‘passages’ and that are ‘absolutely unique: reproducible, irreplaceable and aleatory’ (92). The ‘events’ are offered to anyone who wants join the exploration of an ‘infinite series of new passages’.
Foucault, M. (2001) ‘La peinture photogénique’ in Dits et écrits Volume 1: 1954-1975 Gallimard Quarto: Paris. 1575- 1583.
Foucault, M. (1999) ‘Photogenic Painting’ in Revisions: Gérard Fromanger. Ed. S. Wilson. London: Black Dog Publishing. 81-108.
30 April 2014