Untitled (Plate 050)
28,5 × 28,5 cm
Unique plate, in a series of 225 variations, signed by the artist
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Untitled (Plate) (2014) is a glazed ceramic plate, one of the 255 unique glazed ceramic plates Bernadet has produced during his 2014 summer residency at Moly-Sabata, France. In this series the artist expands his practice of oil painting on canvas into a new medium. Halfway between functional and decorative objects, the plates become the support of coloured compositions that are produced by the alchemy of cooking at 1000 °C and instantaneously evoke the painter’s palette in his studio as atmospheric or cosmic landscapes. In 2015, all Untitled (Plates) were shown at WIELS, Brussels as part of the exhibition Un-Scene III
Untitled (Plate) (2014) comes together with the publication 255 Plates, giving an overview of all plates produced by Jean-Baptiste Bernadet.
A distinctive colorist, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet creates within each canvas an atmospheric cosmos, in which nature, emotion, and psyche take center stage. They oscillate somewhere between abstraction and landscape painting: incandescent shades of orange, full and honest purples, sulfuric yellows, deep grays, and melancholic pale greens produce worlds in which a landscape, its unique memory, and the imagination interact, directed by the eye and the mind. In Bernadet’s work, the gaze, insistent and fleeting, melancholy and celebratory, fuses with feeling, envisioned as a suite of emotions, a patchwork of romantic reminiscences and introspections, rapturous exhilaration kindled by the passage of time. Bernadet channels the spirit of Proust in his intimate relationship to memory, his deep desire to transcend linear time. If the ultimate aim of his painting is painting itself, it grants viewers an immense freedom, that of projecting their own experiences onto the canvas.
(courtesy of Almine Rech)meer...