– FLATLAND / ABSTRACTIONS NARRATIVES #2, Mudam, Luxembourg/LX (group show, Oct 7 – Apr 15 2018)
Born in 1964 in Bulle, Francis Baudevin leaves and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. His work is present, among others, by the following institutions: Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon; FRAC Nord Pas De Calais, Dunkerque; FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême. Solos : FRAC, Franche-Comté (2013); Patterns in Sound, Art:Concept, Paris (2013); Golden Days, Kunstmuseum, Thun (2012).
The importance of patterns, their provenance as well as their repetitiveness finds an echo in Baudevin’s work. Drifting away from his previous work on logotypes and brands and their almost immediate and literal significance, his latest work; although still issued from the universe of graphics and painted with the same meticulousness as ever, tends to be more oriented towards pop culture. He gives patterns a more complex significance, anchoring them to a framework of extremely dense and manifold connections and identification processes, akin to the scheme that he had devised for his work on photographs of record-covers.On his canvases, a stripe or color motif will be interpreted differently by the spectator’s eye according to the background color, and some shapes will not even reveal themselves until the eye has become accustomed to the canvas. Only an intensive observation will allow people to see a pattern that remains invisible at first glance.
It’s all about color, interpretation, repetition of image and final positioning according to who you are and where you are, both in society and in your mind. With his abstract and colorful paintings, Francis Baudevin proposes a range of possible visions. As in the aforementioned societal structures; your vision will be both collective and personal: re-creating a moment in time or a specific atmosphere just like a song or a musical piece would. Francis Baudevin’s art assumes the sensitivity and subtleties of music thanks to rhythm, movement and the graphical-painterly iterations that his paintings reveal.