A reflection on the genealogy of objects (artist's book).
Do things have an order? This question is the starting point for Nathalie Du Pasquier's exploration. Hers is a classic “journey around my room”, and along the way she sows clues: arrows, numbers, citations from famous authors who come to conclusions that are immediately undercut by other quotations. All around lies a domestic and postmodern landscape of columns and bases, but also of objects of everyday use such as a packet of pasta or a can of beer. The French artist tries to seal off objects in simple or elaborate boxes, but they live a life of their own and run wild. There might be relationships between the objects, invisible symmetries, although ultimately even this is called into doubt. All we can do is admire the artist's orderly imagination and take act of her conclusions: “This is what I saw.”
A famous designer
and co-founder of the Memphis group
in Milan in 1981, Nathalie Du Pasquier (born 1957 in Bordeaux, France, lives in Milan, Italy) accompanied the (post)modern adventure around designer Ettore Sottsass, with the creation of objects, fabrics, carpets, and furniture. In 1986, she started devoting herself exclusively to two- and three-dimensional painting
. Memphis's radicalism and formal inventiveness measured solely in terms of a scathing and iconoclastic postmodernism erased a little too quickly the adventure's modern foundations. Nathalie Du Pasquier's paintings are a perfect revelation of these connections: axonometric compositions applied to painting, the palette of muffled colors, objects, when they are present in the compositions, wink at the purism of a Corbusier or an Ozenfant. Mixed with memories and assimilations arising from the most tridimensional Suprematism–the architectones–some paintings and constructions also give prominence to this history of art and the applied arts.
Text by Luca Lo Pinto
Images by Nathalie Du Pasquier, Alice Fiorilli, Ilvio Gallo, Delfino Sisto Legnani.
Graphic design: Maxwell Studio – Teresa Piardi.
published in March 2019
21 x 29,7 cm (hardcover, cloth binding)
112 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-99385-59-0
EAN : 9788899385590