Born in Lausanne, Switzerland
Lives and works in Lausanne.
Philippe Decrauzat explores the history of twentieth-century abstraction through his canvases, sculptures, films and installations. The artist nevertheless takes a critical distance from this heritage and its claimed “autonomy” compared with other disciplines. And so he embarks on a coded exploration, drawing secretly from popular visual culture and the repertoire of abstract art forms to produce new images. Each of these sources is accurately deconstructed, presenting a new angle or an outside interference that disrupts how the viewer receives the image. Painting therefore comes across as a tired and biased reproduction of the forms preceding it: it bends the strict codes of Minimal Art using the visual distortions of Optical Art.