Acrylique sur toile / Acrylic on canvas
220.0 x 180.0 cm
Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
© ADAGP, Paris 2019
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
Since the late 1970s, Bernard Frize has contributed to reviving the language of abstraction by challenging the idea of “painting as object.” He creates distance by painting in a uniform manner according to established protocols; the labor itself is often delegated to assistants.
These rules reject all feeling, giving precedence to materials and external constraints. Frize provokes accident and chance, creating a tension between the execution of a process and the unforeseen events that accompany it. Auris, Fui, and Rumen, all from 2007, were created using a paint gun. Their titles allude to ancient Roman divination techniques. An uninterrupted line composed of sections of different colors forms a set of interlacing geometric shapes; their edges intersect, forming colorful labyrinthine grids.