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Bernard Frize

Galerie Crousel-Robelin/Bama

Unique in the landscape of French art of the past two decades, the work of Bernard Frize is difficult to define, often giving rise to misinterpretations, primarily because the artist does not work in a trademark style. Showing little concern for a coherent visual order, Frize is in the habit of employing new methods of painting, reflective of his methodical flirtation with chance. He demonstrates a pronounced predilection for aporias and for stretching logic to the point of absurdity.

This group of recent works thus depends, at least in part, on a premeditated abandonment to the physical properties of the pictorial medium. The large, decorative cartouche, entitled Pacifique (Pacific, 1991), a sort of Matissian hymn to intemperance, was done in one sitting, with the help of a jar of paintbrushes—eight or ten at least—each loaded with a different color, on a still-wet white ground, causing

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