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Stéphane Bordarier, Untitled, 10 VIII 2011, oil on canvas, diptych, 55 1/8 x 110 1/4".

Stéphane Bordarier

Galerie Jean Fournier

Stéphane Bordarier, Untitled, 10 VIII 2011, oil on canvas, diptych, 55 1/8 x 110 1/4".

In the nine untitled works presented here, all from 2010 and 2011, Stéphane Bordarier pursues the exploration of painting—more specifically, of color—that he began in the early 1980s and has since steadily deepened. As in the past, he works on his canvases flat, spreading out the paint with the aid of spatulas or scrapers over a base of wet rabbit-skin glue, the drying time of which determines the duration of the piece’s execution—a few hours at most. During this process, the color not only attaches itself to the support but also acquires, as it mixes with the glue, a material quality that is very particular, at once opaque and transparent: A kind of matte skin forms that, as it absorbs light, renders perceptible the infinite nuances and variations enlivening its surface. Accordingly, Bordarier does not develop his colors in advance, but rather on the canvas itself,

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