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BENOÎT FÉLIX - OLIVIER NOTTELLET | 19/05 - 02/07/ 2017
ARTIST TALK Benoît Félix @ M HKA : Thursday, 01/06
FINISSAGE End of season's drink : Sunday, July 2, 15:00
Benoît Félix has invited the French artist Olivier Nottellet to create new works in response to one another. Both artists explore different facets of drawings on paper. The drawing becoming a three-dimensional object, whether or not in relation to a subject or suggesting an experience. In dialog with Félix' playful cut-out drawings on tyvek-paper Nottellet presents an ensemble of drawings and wall-paintings created in situ. Man-high silhouettes, strategically positioned in the gallery-space, literally give an insight in the relation between the work on paper and the visual experience of perspective.
In Félix' oeuvre the cut-out treat in crayon or ink literally frees itself from the frame and traces itself into the dispositions of space. Fascinated by the possibilities of digital video he initiates the trompe l'oeuil in what appears parallel in the visible and invisible, in the image-frame and hors-champ. Nottellet, on his turn, creates with black ink and yellow or blue paint correlations between the drawing and the substance. The figure appears in schematic forms, imperfect silhouettes. The composition always feels unfinished, unstable, emerging, and challenges the mobility of the eye. A painted line transcendents the paper's edge of its borderline and is repeated on the wall, transforming with the material of a white paper.
Just like Félix', Nottellet's works, being neither drawing neither sculpture, are always literally on the periphery, making the two-dimensional three-dimensional. The pas de deux of Felix-Nottellet surrounds the viewer with a scenery of here and now.