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FAQ [Foire aux questions] - Psychiatry today

Date: 2007
Support: Painting

JULIEN PREVIEUX

Acrylic on canvas, 29,5 x 35,4 inches each, series of 11 canvas, 2007.

This collection of “abstract” paintings presents a choice of geometrical shapes associated with different statements. The combinations are borrowings from the covers of social science books from the 1970s, but with the text / image relationship reversed: it is no longer the image that illustrates the title, but the text which serves as a caption for the image. This reappropriation of graphic material itself inspired by a certain artistic avant-garde refuses to choose between formulation,formalisation and formalism. Does this connecting of vocables with a system of shapes signal accumulation of knowledge or mere overinterpretation? To what extent can an abstract motif model questions like education, sexual deviation, contemporary psychiatry, economics and the public interest?

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