The exhibition Aniline Black, conceived specifically for the Centre d’art contemporain Passages by Élodie Lesourd, is both an exploration of the different facets of her work and an invitation to trace the genealogy of the site and the painting itself. Taking as its starting point the history of the building and its links to the hosiery industry, and more specifically to the preparation of black inverdissable dye, the project unfolds a whole chromatic reflection around the desire to fix the ephemeral.
By activating this dangerous and harmful black, whether in the smooth, cold glaze of a lacquer, dyed in leather, or as a powdery dispersion, color is approached through mystery and abstraction. Then the shimmer of color is revealed by the presence of hyperrkalist paints, vestiges and fixations of a vanished past. Painted or raw pigment, whose vivid hues attract and reassure, can prove just as deceptive and dangerous. Between lyricism, vital disorder and perennial appearance, the pieces on view throughout the exhibition are all modes of investigation into the essence of things. If music, whose presence here is silent and unobtrusive, is the primary chord, the whole project invites us to listen inwardly and colorfully.
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