François Arès

Multiple Selves: Artist, 2023
Acrylic on plexiglass | Acrylique sur plexiglass
72 x 48 in
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In his "Definition" series, François Arès juxtaposes layers of black dots or dots of pure colours on plexiglass sheets to obtain an optical effect that changes depending on the viewer’s perspective. The silhouettes he super-imposes, print a fleeting instant, cells frozen in time, awaiting the viewer's gaze to be read. The systematized mechanical aspect of his technique is broken by the imperfection of the gesture, that of his hand which, when he sets the point, accepts the pictorial accident.

The inspiration behind the work (and my work in general) is that each individual experiences life and reality from their relative perspective. The past and the future can only exist in the present, as we are always in the present, as we move through time. All of the colours that make up our complex personalities, life circumstances, etc follow us along. The figure is a self-portrait.



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