Chérif and Silvie Defraoui

Galería Metrónom

Swiss artists Chérif and Silvie Defraoui, well-known in central Europe for both their artistic and pedagogical work, have long exerted a strong influence on the more radical intellectual circles of Barcelona. Their creative vigor is based on a tendency toward heterodoxy and irony, as well as an eclectic approach free from doctrinaire stylistic restraints. The exhibition/installation here, entitled La Querelle des images (Quarrel of images, 1986)—originally mounted last year in Toulouse—focused on a celebration of the image, reconsidered and redefined.

Combining a rigorous but playful geometry with cartoonlike images, these mixed-media wall-paintings/assemblages explore the relationships between object and image, symmetry and imbalance, presence and absence. The Defraouis set up a counterpoint among the works and within each work, through the juxtaposition and superimposition of different

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