François Lacasse
L’étalement

2000

Acrylic and ink on canvas
117 x 182.5 cm
2003.4
Gift of the artist

François Lacasse’s praxis is characterized by an ability to apply paint such a way that that the accidental behaviour of the medium is displayed in tandem with optical effects of colour and the physical qualities of his material. His technique involves laying a surface flat and intuitively, spontaneously, applying large swaths of acrylic binder with colour added to it. The canvas is then turned and tilted deliberately allowing the paint to find its own path, determined by the material’s consistency, viscosity, and fluidity. Recognizable motifs seem to fade between the traces of dripping paint, and the canvas takes on aspects of a tactile object: the viewer is seduced by the work’s rich, liquefied colour, uncanny translucencies, and lacquered glossiness.

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