For more than 10 years Sébastien PRESCHOUX has been exploring and experimenting with the work of the line and the optical games that this and its entanglements can offer to see. During these years, this work has covered several aspects, it began with an exploration in ink on paper, trying to create a perfect confusion between a digital and human production, then, the paper support gave way to the wood support offering more generous dimensions, the painting replaced the ink leaving room for colors more intense and more vivid, to finally let them express themselves in gradations as complex as graceful. Each personal exhibition, at the David Bloch Gallery, was an opportunity for the artist to present the culmination not only of new techniques but also of new research.
For this 5th solo exhibition at the David Bloch Gallery, Sébastien PRESCHOUX decides to break with the guiding forms that accompanied him until then. With straight structural elements, Sébastien will prefer ovoid and curvilinear shapes, thus giving way to much more related, organic, moving productions, and for some of them, almost from a calligraphic and spontaneous gesture. It is also, for him, the opportunity to explore even more intensely colors and gradients, become a real technical challenge for the artist.
Sébastien Preschoux - 1974 / Paris
Deeply marked by the optical art, but also by the values of Bauhaus teaching advocating an instruction focused on the fundamental value of manual work, Sébastien tirelessly creates increasingly complex designs that can compete with what a machine could produce in a few moments. Through this process, he has created a visual confusion in the viewer that can lead him to wonder about the origin (human or mechanical) of his work. But it is only by approaching that the spectator will have been able to identify the stigmata of the passage of the human hand, attitude that Sebastien names the reward of the curious.
His work is not limited to a 2-dimensional production, but finds a 3-dimensional correspondence through threads installations, often made in the natural environment, thus offering him perfect freedom both in terms of size and diversity. For this he works in collaboration with the photographer Ludovic LE COUSTER, who also works with non-digital tools and prefers medium-format film cameras.
« By watching Sébastien PRESCHOUX at work, we perceive the oscillation between the serenity of an artpiece built without haste and the tension of an infinitely precise gesture, gracefully moderated, drastically governed by a process of measures and counting. The work stretches over time, punctuated by the repeated gestures of the rulers and compasses handling. Without impatience, Sébastien PRESCHOUX unwinds the drawing
movement in time, let the material spread in the space. This way that one might think laborious to draw the line, to form the curve or to stretch the thread is felt, for the attentive spectator at the work being done, as a peaceful moment.
Repetition of delicate gestures, smoothly where the time of creation is like a gentle litany gesture. We could find surprising the choice of the artist who was a graphic designer for a while, to return to fundamentals : the hand, body, physical commitment. To find even more surprising how to maintain the ambiguity by the motifs he practices and which, in fact, could easily be thought of as DTP images or photomontages. In two dimensions, Sébastien PRESCHOUX’s drawings seem livened up of vibrations, perhaps attributable to the inherent imperfections of the fallible nature of the hand. Three-dimensional, the installations diffract the light and find in the natural surrounding of their implementation an obvious case.
The border between art and crafts is unstable and the homology with the digital depiction too disturbing. A look without demanding will be misleading. The creative work endurance raises the «sine qua none» condition of a benevolent slow visit, so that the encounter between the eye and the object can be real.»