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Platéus’s Behind the Scenes series, atmospheric canvases fashioned from old movie posters. In
the works exhibited, Platéus uses painting not to represent but to blur an image—to emphasize
as much as to obscure.
To create the Behind the Scenes paintings, Platéus reverse-mounts movie posters—often
posters for old B-movies …

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Benoît Platéus is born in 1972 in Liège, Belgium and currently lives and works in Brussels. In his work he investigates and plays with the spaces and relationships between mediums, exploring abstraction in form and content.

A member of the generation that witnessed the digital revolution and the explosion of the image, Platéus fully embraces the creative possibilities of analogue and digital technologies in order to wrestle the question of the original, which he deforms, saturates, disfigures, dazzles, enlarges, erases or reverses. As a result, his images are always transitive. Reproduced endlessly but never identically, they highlight the poetic force of the accident, of the trace, of imperfection. This remarkable artistic practice, which relies as much on the heavy artillery of cinema as on simple automatic drawings, seems to probe a certain sense of the beyond. From the interstitial spaces of the city to the meanders of the psyche, Platéus sets out in search of new forms of representation that bear witness to another reality, still fragmented and always in a state of becoming.

The set of sculptures shown in ‘ɔːtəˈmatɪk’ (automatic) are a direct reference to the photography of an era when photographs still needed developing. The jugs filled with urethane are named after the specific product used, for example: KODAK Flexicolor or Fujihunt Bleach.

To investigate the relationship between the original and its copy in ‘the age of mechanical reproduction’ (cfr. Walter Benjamin), Platéus reproduces and manipulates the photographic image endlessly. Beautiful examples are his paintings Une goutte d'amour and L'homme blesse, which were also shown in his solo exhibitions in Wiels and Bonner Kunstverein last year. Both are part of the series Behind the Scenes, in which the artist painted in acrylic on the back of movie posters. With Platéus, the final image is always the result of a series of experiments performed with ‘little or no direct human control’.

Selected exhibitions
2020
Don't be frightened, Mr Gould is hereMeessen De Clercq
Algues, tatouages et autres percolateursMeessen De Clercq
2016
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet and Benoit Platéus 'Sea Level'Almine Rech
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L'homme blessé, 2015

Acrylic on movie poster mounted on canvas
61 × 45 3/10 in
155 × 115 cm
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Gent, Ghent
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Platéus’s Behind the Scenes series, atmospheric canvases fashioned from old movie posters. In
the …

Medium
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Series
'Behind The Scenes' series

Benoît Platéus is born in 1972 in Liège, Belgium and currently lives and works in Brussels. In his work he investigates and plays with the spaces and relationships between mediums, exploring abstraction in form and content.

A member of the generation that witnessed the digital revolution and the explosion of the image, Platéus fully embraces the creative possibilities of analogue and digital technologies in order to wrestle the question of the original, which he deforms, saturates, disfigures, dazzles, enlarges, erases or reverses. As a result, his images are always transitive. Reproduced endlessly but never identically, they highlight the poetic force of the accident, of the trace, of imperfection. This remarkable artistic practice, which relies as much on the heavy artillery of cinema as on simple automatic drawings, seems to probe a certain sense of the beyond. From the interstitial spaces of the city to the meanders of the psyche, Platéus sets out in search of new forms of representation that bear witness to another reality, still fragmented and always in a state of becoming.

The set of sculptures shown in ‘ɔːtəˈmatɪk’ (automatic) are a direct reference to the photography of an era when photographs still needed developing. The jugs filled with urethane are named after the specific product used, for example: KODAK Flexicolor or Fujihunt Bleach.

To investigate the relationship between the original and its copy in ‘the age of mechanical reproduction’ (cfr. Walter Benjamin), Platéus reproduces and manipulates the photographic image endlessly. Beautiful examples are his paintings Une goutte d'amour and L'homme blesse, which were also shown in his solo exhibitions in Wiels and Bonner Kunstverein last year. Both are part of the series Behind the Scenes, in which the artist painted in acrylic on the back of movie posters. With Platéus, the final image is always the result of a series of experiments performed with ‘little or no direct human control’.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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