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Dominique Figarella, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on aluminum, 86 5/8 x 118 x 5/8".

Dominique Figarella/Raphael Hefti

Galerie Art: Concept

Dominique Figarella, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on aluminum, 86 5/8 x 118 x 5/8".

Two distinct perspectives: French artist Dominique Figarella explores painting, its forms, its space, its material possibilities, its accidents as well as its relationship to the image; Raphael Hefti, from Switzerland, looks at the mechanical and chemical processes in the transformation of materials, such as glass, metal, and even photographic paper—processes whose effects he assembles, not only when they are successful but above all when they fail. To see the canvases of the one artist alongside the glass panels or iridescent steel bar of the other calls up reflections relating to current forms of abstraction and its possible registers—from the brutal to the precious—as well as mechanisms of vision and the visual culture they put into play. With glass in particular—the kind used for the facades of buildings—Hefti takes an unexpected approach: Rather than

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