Claude Rutault

Galerie De Lege Ruimte

For the past fifteen years, Claude Rutault has created a series of works that constitute an obsessive exploration of the relationship between the painting, its physical environment, and its multiple levels of signification. Whether by varying the size and shape of the canvas, or by linking the canvas and the wall through the use of color, Rutault’s art is based on the concepts of difference, similarity, and familiarity. These concepts inform our perception of the work itself.

Rutault’s most recent installation, Toiles tendues sur chassis a peindre de la même couleur que le mur sur lequel elles doivent être accrochés (Canvases on a stretcher to be painted the same color as the wall on which they are to be hung, 1988), was situated within a warehouse-like gallery. Upon first entering, one had an overwhelming impression of the emptiness of the space. The wall farthest from the entrance was

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