Description

François Lacasse explores the physical properties of paint and assigns colour a structuring role. For the production of Compilation mixte IV, he defined a precise protocol involving no brushwork: first, prepare the selected colours; next, measure out and apply the paint directly from the tube onto the unprimed canvas support; lastly, repeat each coloured line elsewhere on the surface, using a thin plastic film to lift and transfer the excess matter. The technique is similar to printmaking in this respect and owes its effectiveness to the viscosity of the oil paint. The all-over application method lends itself to flexible, improvised compositions and allows the artist to explore relationships between colours. M.-E. B.