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Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, Untitled (play still⎽14), 2015, eight screen prints on paper, each 69 1/4 × 47 1/4". Installation view.

Pierre-Olivier Arnaud

Galerie Art: Concept

Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, Untitled (play still⎽14), 2015, eight screen prints on paper, each 69 1/4 × 47 1/4". Installation view.

In Pierre-Olivier Arnaud’s most recent silk-screen series, “Play Still,” 2015–, photography is less a medium than a pretext for demonstrating his process for creating images. Removed from a public setting, these rephotographed and then silk-screened images bear witness to encounters with objects, mostly details of merchandise for sale in shops in cities such as Paris or Lyon. However, the form that this chance image-capturing gesture takes is Surrealist in spirit, and imponderable. Without artistic autonomy or intentionality, these photos are merely working material, the collection of a reality already offered to the gaze in the form of the original images. But the way Arnaud renders the objects unrecognizable and enigmatic—with a few exceptions, such as a blossoming flower in sans titre (play still⎽33), 2016—remains consistent with the organic forms and processes of

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