Date : 2011
Medium : Painting
Size : 200 x 119 cm
In this piece, the frame follows the undulation of the motif, but only in part as the sides are clear cut. Philippe Decrauzat formalises the illusion by using an undulating, kinetic motif inherent to “op art”, and combining it with a large-scale shaped canvas. He thereby physically engages the viewer by immerging him in an experiment with perspective, where the viewer can deconstruct or freeze the image.
Try staring at this work. Do you have trouble maintaining your gaze? Don’t worry, this is normal. Philippe Decrauzat is playing with our senses.
Halfway between painting and design, his patterns look back at the history of art and write a new chapter in Swiss abstract art.
In this work, the artist references Op Art, a ’60s movement that raised optical illusions and games to the level of full-fledged artistic practice.
With their contrasting colours, shapes and lines, these paintings create a troubling impression of movement or vibration.
How can simple painted lines create the effect of a striped cloth waving in the breeze? Magic is at work.
Beyond the apparent simplicity of execution, Decrauzat gives life to his canvas. This is not so simple. Look at the work more closely. The frame has an unusual shape. Its contours are curvilinear to better fit those of the painting, unless it is the other way around.
This painting is both simple and not simple, drawing on geometric calculations in order to plastically represent wave properties defined by physics.
The result of this mix of genres is spectacular. Our understanding of the artwork is changed. Since we cannot stare at the canvas, we are tempted to move around it. Movement is introduced where normally artistic contemplation invites us to stand still.
Decrauzat does far more than cite art history. He sets us in motion so that we are no longer simply passive spectators.