BIO Lucien Roux is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon in France and of the Académie royale des beaux-arts de Bruxelles in Belgium. His work has been exhibited in Italy, France and Belgium.
ARTISTIC PRACTICE The importance of montage in Lucien Roux’s work derives from his desire to apply to painting techniques which are usually associated with moving images, such as the succession of shots or the principle behind the tracking shot. Split up in space, the images lose their continuity. The quest for this continuity is suggested to the viewer. Two aspects dear to the artist are the appropriation of the exhibition space as an integral medium of the plastic work and the possibility of illuminating his studio practice, which in itself is an important part of the creative process. In fact the use of a video projector and the fact of painting from existing images are important ingredients of the visible result after it is created.
PROJECT Lucien Roux’s Panorama Painting seeks to transform an entire category into a fresco made up of a montage of paintings created on site and depicting fragments of several visual archives. All the paintings will be interconnected by an imaginary horizon line made up of those depicted in each of them. The chosen archives are tied to one another by the connection to a region seen as a historical, and thus also temporal, fact of the definition of boundaries in the contemporary world. These archives are principally derived from four sources: photographs of the conquest of the West and of the American land in the collections of the New York Public Library and the Washington Public Library; photographs of Mars disseminated by NASA; and photographs of Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook. Panorama Painting will enable the artist to put in place, in a single space, the conditions for a fresco which will be multiple on the spatial and temporal levels.