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David French

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David French’s paintings are steeped in the antitenets of post-Structural theory, specifically the deconstructive strategy of différance. Unlike those artists who slavishly reduce painting to a series of rhetorical simulacra, French demonstrates a much more playful intellect, owing more to Jacques Derrida’s linguistically slippery and semantically absurdest approach to philosophy than to the preordained dogma of post-Modernist gurus such as Jean Baudrillard. As a result, French’s witty image/text combinations attempt to mystify as much as clarify, fictionalize as well as rationalize. By deliberately eschewing the combination of allegorical posturing and art-historical pastiche that characterizes most self-reflexive painting, French is able to focus instead on the more hedonistic aspects of the hermeneutic game.

French’s latest works are concerned with various myths of creation. These range

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