A drawing… A line! Tribute to Pierrette Bloch
“I undertake a long journey on a sheet of paper, I wrap myself in this journey; it is no longer a surface, but an adventure in time. The format no longer exists.” Pierrette Bloch
It is a tribute exhibition that the Karsten Greve Gallery pays in its space on Debelleyme Street, coupled with a solo show during Drawing Now Art Fair 2019. Curated by David Quéré, it featured a selection of drawings by this pioneer of abstract art from the 1970s to 2016.
Born in 1928 and deceased in 2017, French artist Pierrette Bloch draws her creative strength from the fundamental elements of artistic practice. Its refined aesthetic, reduced to the simplest forms, is a choice even if it means retaining only the pure essence of art and invites the spectator to a journey to the rhythm of a repeated and dreamlike gestural.
Nicknamed “the artist of the almost nothing”, Pierrette Bloch uses only black and white in a search for abstraction that tends to increase its poetry. On the other hand, it varied the paper supports. In the 1970s, a flexible line executed early filled its sheet. Then the Kraft paper introduces the brown color into the chromatic duo. Finally, in her last years, she worked with black paper in contrast to white curls. Whatever the format, his abstract work always plays on movement: sometimes lines, sometimes dots, light surfaces or spirals that will materialize into horsehair sculptures. This symphony ends with a work on transparent, completely white paper. The most advanced form of his abstract work, like an erasure, starting with oneself « Say what I do? But no, I can do it, but I can’t say it,” Pierrette Bloch said.
This economy of means allows him to produce a free and liberated work. Freed from matter and time, she liked to say “I believe that all my life I have tried to draw time…”. Clear signs and the rhythm of the flat tints constitute a sensory language inviting secret and silent introspection. Each paper is an abyss of traces, of mystical imprints whose inked touch delicately touches the support. Considered by her peers as a pioneer artist in abstract art, Pierrette Bloch possessed above all this grace in working with abstraction in its most evanescent form. Always the rigour of the line, the same key of colour, where the slight dilution would destroy the sincere harmony of this minimalist work. Rigour of application, protocol execution and especially abstraction and exploration of the movement of the line, like a dance. “Silent and modest work made of three times nothing,” she said. Without beginning or end.
Un certain nombre d’œuvres, 1971-2016
Galerie Karsten Greve
5, rue Debelleyme
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