Saint-Nazaire, France

Dominique Figarella

Lieu International des formes émergentes

This exhibition, composed of forty-seven paintings made between 1992 and 2010, proposed neither a linear nor a chronological path through the work of Dominique Figarella. The challenge to interpretation was raised at the entrance, in the form of a small wooden panel covered entirely in pink chewing gum, stretched and stuck in every direction. Untitled, 2006, greeted the visitor by evoking the myriad directions of Figarella’s practice—the evocations of the body through metaphors of skin and mastication, as well as the questions raised by modernist composition, here in the guise of the Greenbergian allover, in which no traditional center or figure/ground relationship holds. Figarella’s work is situated in this in-between state, a tension ceaselessly replayed between idea and materiality, the conceptual and the retinal. Such tension is left deliberately unresolved, as in the painting Untitled

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