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Clément Rodzielski

Cardenas Bellanger

Artists like twenty-nine-year-old Clément Rodzielski, who hails from the French Southwest and went to school in Paris, may signal a new direction in France today. Their work, which employs methods on hand consistent with conceptual content, is a welcome break from the fixation on high production values and the spectacular that was rife among the previous two generations of French artists. Rodzielski’s exhibition “Grands a” (Big A’s) strikingly disarranged Cardenas Bellanger’s space with little more than ink-jet prints on paper, pre-existing offset-printed items, and MDF panels (all works Untitled, 2008). In his use of recycled images, it is significant that, unlike American artists Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker, Rodzielski does not fall back on the traditional support of the canvas nor otherwise try to emulate painting. Moreover, his choice of pictures here excluded artistic and scholarly

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