Noisy-le-Sec, France

Samuel Richardot

La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain

For his first solo exhibition at a public institution, French painter Samuel Richardot continued the exploration of his chosen medium and its methods and forms. He employs a range of mark-making strategies—meticulously stenciling shapes with the help of paper cutouts, allowing paint to drip or bleed, or confronting the canvas with turpentine or flame. Often, Richardot references a sound, smell, or tactile impression in the shapes that he gathers in his paintings, thus proposing a synesthetic relationship between image and experience. Here he also exposed the process-oriented nature of his art alongside his “finished” works—blending the studio space with that of the gallery. And for the first time, this show witnessed the introduction of a sculptural dimension into Richardot’s practice.

A large wooden platform, slightly raised, provided support for an array of paper cuttings and found objects.

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