Swann Clément

Born in Paris in 1974, lives and works in Berlin; has a degree in Art History from the University of Rennes 2 Haute-Bretagne, France; has worked at La Criée, a contemporary art centre in Rennes under the direction of Larys Frogier, currently director of the Rock- bund Art of Museum in Shanghai, and the choreographer Alain Buffard (1960-2013); has worked at FRAC Bretagne under the direction of the artist Esther Ferrer.

A series of nine portraits
Swann Clément has chosen to represent friends he met in the Berlin gay community. These pixelated low relief portraits focus on the frontal gaze of each protagonist. Only the portrait of Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe) deviates from the series with its attitude, chromatic range and framing. Also she seems absent from the whole and detached as if absorbed in her interiority.

 

The irregularity of the material chosen here, clay, and the pixelation of the painted subjects add to the ambiguity of the work between abstraction and figuration, between the blurred and the distinct, between the visible and the non-visible.

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Olivier acrylic paint and porcelain paint on a wooden_2020