This month in Paris, Galerie Perrotin presents a series of new landscape paintings and interiors by the artist Claire Tabouret, continuing a practice of careful historical study and taut, expressive compositions. Painted on colored synthetic fur, the show sees Tabouret continue a practice rooted in dialogue between historical modes and a distinct line of conceptual practice that challenges and reframes the act of painting.
Tabouret’s work often draws direct from photograph, mining the lyrical, expressive approach of impressionism and minimalist composition, bringing a tension to her painting through technical constraints, and dialogues between iconography and its pictorial and material incarnation. Here, rendered on this furry material, they are afforded an additional layer of abstraction, their surfaces creating a hazy, dream-like quality that the artist refers to as “fluffy landscape paintings.” The result are works that seem to challenge the artist’s hand, to create resistances and tensions that make the brushstroke more vivid, more animated and filled with unexpected contingencies.
Throughout, this sense of tension and dialogue is always evident, works by Morandi and Bonnard swim in and out of view, bathed in washes of color and brusque strokes produced by this new surface material. Tabouret uses the challenges of the medium to submerge her subject in a haze of signifiers and new details, as if we are viewing the act of recalling a memory, or stepping directly into it.
The show closes December 18th, 2021.
– D. Creahan
Claire Tabouret at Perrotin [Exhibition Site]