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Philippe Ramette, Sculpture pré-déboulonnable (Pre-Dismantable Sculpture), 2011, painted resin, wood, 11' 10 1/2“ x 2' 7 1/2” x 2' 7 1/2".

Philippe Ramette

CENTRE RÉGIONAL D’ART CONTEMPORAIN LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

Philippe Ramette, Sculpture pré-déboulonnable (Pre-Dismantable Sculpture), 2011, painted resin, wood, 11' 10 1/2“ x 2' 7 1/2” x 2' 7 1/2".

This exhibition might have surprised some viewers, since rather than the photographic multiples that are the most familiar part of his oeuvre, Philippe Ramette presented mainly sculpture, dating from 2005 through the present. The sole photograph was a unique print, not editioned. Titled L’ombre (de moi-même) (Shadow [of Myself]), 2007, it depicts a black suit and a pair of polished shoes placed on the ground as a projector casts the shadow of the body that we do not see. Has the modern dandy’s dark suit, which the artist has donned since the end of the 1980s, become, through its use, a uniform too heavy to wear? Sans titre (la silhouette) (Untitled [silhouette]), 2011, a black resin sculpture, presents Ramette’s body, naked, his right hand hiding his eyes. A metaphor for blocked inspiration, the famous blank page? Has the artist become his own shadow? Or perhaps it is a metaphor

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