Daniel Dezeuze

Screens/Paintings: Variations

“Will painting survive the extraordinary multiplication of screens? How can it resist the dispersed practices of contemporary art?” – Daniel Dezeuze

Daniel Dezeuze – Screens/Paintings: Variations, TEMPLON Paris, 2021
Daniel Dezeuze – Screens/Paintings: Variations, TEMPLON Paris, 2021

Daniel Dezeuze returns to Galerie Templon this automn with a series of hybrid works lying at the intersection of painting and sculpture. Imbued with a more radical outlook than ever, Screens/Paintings: Variations continues to question the role, history and practice of painting and sets the stage for a new exploration, marked by the triumph of digital and proliferation of screens.

The dichotomy between screens and paintings has fascinated Dezeuze since the 1960s. When he was teaching at the University of Toronto, Dezeuze discovered the work of celebrated theorist Marshall McLuhan, a pioneer in research on new mass media and the growing incursion of screens.

Daniel Dezeuze recognised in MacLuhan’s ideas his own intuition that technology was in the process of revolutionizing painting. A founding member of the Supports/Surfaces avant-garde group, he worked on the deconstruction of traditional painting codes by removing the stretcher from the canvas, which he turned against the wall to play with the notions of full and empty.

With Screens/Paintings: Variations, Dezeuze takes us into a universe of supports that are repurposed and taken in new directions with a particular focus on the third dimension. These assemblages become enigmatic calligraphies and paintings. For Daniel Dezeuze, the discreet omnipresence of the screen in his work refers not only to the symptoms of a dematerialized, elusive society, dancing to the tune of the moving image, algorithms, artificial light and colour. His work goes further and provides a glimpse of an art capable of pushing back its own codes and reinventing itself: “my journey lies within the historical space of the painting, which is both a real object and an object of knowledge. For me, the love of painting involves a restrained sensuality, revitalised formalism and an artistic attempt that is open in its variations.”

Calligraphie dansée 1


The artist

Born in 1942 in Alès, France, Daniel Dezeuze was one of the founding members of the Supports/Surfaces group in the 1970s. His work seeks to explore and question the concepts that underpin painting, galleries and space. The artist appropriates a wide variety of techniques, offering a reinterpretation of American art, both abstract and minimalist, while constantly experimenting with what are seen as basic materials: net, metal gauze, wood, fabric and metal.

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