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La marche du progrès

$1,924
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One of a kind work | Framed and Ready to Hang
55 x 75 cm
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Technique
Mixed media
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One of a kind work
Material
Mounted Canvas
Dimensions
55 x 75 cm
Framing
Yes (60 x 80 cm)
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This work belongs to a series of paintings dedicated to transhumanism, as a philosophy and project aimed at increasing the human being and turning him into a kind of ultra-sophisticated machine that can be improved and repaired ad infinitum. The human figure tends to disappear behind technology, every organ, every piece of the body becomes like a piece of a puzzle that can be recombined infinitely. Here, the "March of Progress" shows a man on the move, a conqueror: this is all the ambiguity of technical and scientific progress, which presents itself as something desirable, which goes forward, but at the risk of weakening the true, organic nature of the human condition. This work is done in mixed technique on canvas and combines photography, digital composition and acrylic painting (glaze and relief squares). It is a unique piece. It is framed in black wood (total dimensions: about 80x60 cm).

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Georges DUMAS

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Aubervilliers (93), France

100 works

For about ten years now, I have been creating paintographies. As its name suggests, a paintography is a mixture of painting and photography.

From photography, I keep the initial shot, an essential and unavoidable basis for the work to come. I also retain, despite all the successive manipulations carried out afterwards on the computer, the precision, finesse and plastic quality that certainly distinguish it from painting other than hyper-realistic. However, a paintography is not a photograph, it is a plastic construction that raises doubts in the eyes, that raises the question of the nature of the image that is offered to the eyes of the spectators. What part of the work was captured by the objective, what part recreated by the software work, what part brought by the acrylic glazes?

Layers, layers, stacks: despite its extreme readability, a paintography is a complex construction, based on a succession of screens. The fabric or skin never appears naked, they are always covered by a material that is as much a screen as it is a body with them. This matter is itself obscured by squares that seem either to detach from it or to deepen within it; by evoking the pixels at the base of any digital image, these squares remind us that this matter is a decoy, that it is virtual. And yet, in the works in mixed technique, it is precisely these squares that appear in relief on the surface of the canvas, in a strange transparent materiality...

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