Semaine 02.17 [digital edition]

Guy Oberson, 
Je ne peux fermer les yeux
Galerie de l’Etrave, Espace d’art contemporain, Thonon-les-Bains

At first glance, Guy Oberson’s drawings can be seen as a graphic scramble, which makes them not immediately accessible. Something like an inside resistance causes the eyes to linger on them as if they were trying to encourage the person looking to experience the passage of time. Whether drawing the human figure or a mountain landscape, working from memory or photographs, the artist gives birth to an image that results from a hidden presence made visible in a fragmented framing that exceeds the strangeness of its emergence.

The town of Thonon-les-Bains has dedicated its second exhibition of the 2016-2017 season to Guy Oberson, whose work, shown at the Galerie de l’Etrave, continues to examine “le dessin dans tous ses états” or “drawing in all its forms.” Because the word drawing comes from “dessein” or purpose, no matter what materials are used, drawings are at the source of any intention to create a work of art. Long relegated to the margins, drawing has emerged in the last few years as a mode of expression on its own right. The idea of the exhibition is therefore to showcase what this practice has become in the field of fine art above and beyond a narrow definition of the word. Hailing from Switzerland, Guy Oberson was born in 1960 in Billens in the canton of Fribourg. He now lives and works between Lentigny and Paris.

Semaine n°409, revue hebdomadaire pour l’art contemporain
Author : Philippe Piguet
Published on Friday 13.01.2017

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Also available in Semaine volume XXI, January-April 2017 (to be released in May 2017), 18€.


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