Didier Marcel

Michel Rein | Paris

The color white has been an essential component of the art of Didier Marcel from the start, a formidably effective means of drawing attention to the form of an object while transforming the way it is perceived—at once exhibiting it and marking its absence. White is embodied in this new exhibition in the form of drawings photographed very close up and in sculptures made of synthetic materials like polyester resin, looking something like frost-covered or sugarcoated tree trunks. The particularity of this particular white, in relation to the plaster or paint the artist usually uses, has to do with its downy texture, which transforms the rough into the soft; its ability to absorb and rediffuse light; and ultimately its fineness, which allows for the preservation of surface details: The underlying structures are asserted with the greatest clarity, in spite of the sense of erasure created by

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