Artiste-professeur invité


Bertrand Lamarche

Born in 1966 in Paris (France)

Bertrand Lamarche is a visual artist. Nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2012, his work has been shown in many institutions, including the Palais de Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou, the Pierre Bergé‒Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, the Boghossian Foundation, the CCC, Tours, the FRAC Centre, the FRAC PACA, the Thread Waxing Space, the Anthology Film Archives, the Montreal Biennale... His works feature in many collections, among which: the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, the Centre Pompidou, the MAC/VAL, the Frac Centre, the Abattoirs, Toulouse, the Musée d'Art Contemporain in Rochechouart, the Plateau FRAC Ile de France, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, Agnès b., etc.

Exploiting spatial and distortions, Bertrand Lamarche proposes a group of sculptural hypotheses that are at once ecstatic and conceptual. His work is rooted in the amplification and the potential for speculation of figures that have featured regularly in his oeuvre for nearly 20 years: the city of Nancy, Kate Bush, meteorology, giant umbellifers, revolving lights, tunnels, record decks.

A large proportion of his oeuvre is characterized by a desire for subjectivation and appropriation, sometimes almost demiurgic, of various areas or figures of reality (The Rotor, The Model). Through modelling, the artist takes over these entities, developing a set of propositions that unsettle viewers because they are generated by looping (Looping, Interview with Kate Bush), or present a mise-en-abyme (Lobby, A Hole in the Screen, La Réplique, Tore), or result from a loss of reference points in space-time (Double Time House, Cosmodisco) and/or distortions in scale (Le terrain Ombelliférique, Vortex).

Not necessarily employing video or mechanical means, his pieces evince a resolutely empirical approach to studio work whence the piece emerges in successive experimental phases through its intrinsic processes of realization. He develops a formally complex and diversified corpus, including as it does installation (le Paratonnerre, Map), photography (Vue du Viaduc John Kennedy, Théorie de la jeune fille), digital video (Le Terrain Ombelliférique), performance (Vortex), sculpture (le Haut du lièvre, la Maison Cosmique), and audio pieces (Try Me).

His works can be viewed as events or stages in a more global fiction/script that sanctions the permeability of the pieces between each other, as well as an organic form of genealogy. In this respect, the work on the Nancy site is significant for the rudimentary cinematographic processes it uses and for the series of successive scenarios it comprises, as in The Fog Factory, Autobrouillard, Cyclocity, or Methendal...