Stéphane Bordarier

Posted: February 14, 2010 in Reviewed Work

What these forms are supposed to represent is not paramount. What is (because it is visual art) is that they have visual interest. This having been said, I will tell you in passing what the artist told me years ago: that they were fundamental elements in nature, boulders. Knowing this guy’s work over the last two decades I can tell you he has come a long way. Personally I really like the work you see here with the two forms in juxtaposition. IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS! Imagine canvases that are two meters by two meters filling up a gallery and each one of them having a big, bland, sepia-colored ‘shapeless’ form filling up the canvas. I can understand being a purist but there just wasn’t anything there to like. Today, almost two decades later, he still insists on doing these seemingly banal forms but now they are used in juxtaposition–with two, three, or four of them together in a row so that a truly interesting image is created overall, and this, due as much to the finite blank space that is left on each canvas as to the painted forms themselves.  With this, we also have the additional quality that the color brings, regardless of whether or not this color can be ‘defended’ according to purely intellectual terms. It does finally work. Talk about perseverence!

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