By Michael Bishop
Gérard Garouste, Colette Deblé, Georges Rousse, Geneviève Asse, Martial Raysse, Christian Jaccard, Joël Kermarrec, Danièle Perronne, Daniel Dezeuze, Philippe Favier, Daniel Nadaud: after the 11 essays of Contemporary French artwork 1, dedicated to significant artists from Ben Vautier and Niki de Saint Phalle to Annette Messager and Gérard Titus-Carmel, the current quantity pursues its interrogations of the what, the how and the why of modern plastic construction of a few of France's best practitioners. If, as ever, such creation can show components of an interweaving of individualized preoccupations and modes, never-ending specificities demarcate and verify originalities that natural idea and its leveling anonymity may possibly imprecise. hence is it that Gérard Garouste is on my own in that obsession with 'indianness' and 'classicalness'; that Colette Deblé's gesture is drawn implacably to the unseenness of lady illustration; that Georges Rousse plunges images into the area of matter's poetic sacredness; that Geneviève Asse traverses a natural seemingness of abstraction to realize to an intimacy of silence; that Martial Raysse's 'hygiene of imaginative and prescient' might perpetually renew and hybridize itself. Christian Jaccard, too, will discover with area of expertise an artwork of materiality on the frontier of metaphysics; Joël Kermarrec will supply us the inimitable beautiful lines of surging wish and deception; Danièle Perronne's bins and stringings, her work and her sheetings will spread a psychic infinity on the middle of shape. And, if Daniel Dezeuze seeks namelessness and natural structuration, the latter but surge forth through works that relentlessly establish a gesture so far away, we may possibly think, from the instantly sobering and ceremonial microproliferations of a Philippe Favier or the annoying yet genial articulations of Daniel Nadaud's sculptural mind's eye.
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No centre, just sides: a tomb, thrown wide open’. Later, in Lumière de l’air, she adds: ‘In my boîtes, space multiplies and contracts as in one’s mind, but the inside of the boîte is an outside, in which the use of a mirror-paper reflects both the inside (the back of the drawing) and the outside (the viewer caught in his or her own gazing’. From the fine drawings and ‘sculpted’ assemblages of the boîtes-fenêtres-dessins to the thirty-three acrylics on canvassed frame of the 1987 Fougères series, “a difference” as Michel Deguy writes of the passage from his Poèmes de la presqu’île to his Biefs, and on the surface a radical one.
So that painting, as well as the ultimate display of its product, in galleries and museums, becomes fatally that act of self-exhibition that so obsesses Deblé – an act at once indiscreet, showing the hidden, what ‘ought not to be seen’, as she writes in Colette Deblé. Défloraisons, yet, equally, intensely appropriate, for, though it exposes the secret, the normally unconfessed – a logic running all the way through her work – such deliberately disturbing exposure is coextensive with an exhibition, as she says, of a ‘love of painting’, and, of course, its complicatedly caressive act.
I shall proceed, as from time to time elsewhere, and out of felt necessity, in point form: 1: if Deblé can maintain that ‘the only question for the painter is what did s/he see’, and if all art may be deemed, as critics such as Dominique Grandmont as well as Deblé herself suggest, a window upon being – including the sex organs, she will not, and of course rightly, hesitate to emphasise in Mille fois dedans – then we must equally be alert to her sense of the problematics of seeing as we gaze through the endless windows opening without and within; 2: in effect, to gaze is to see only a certain available visibleness, hence the limits of representation, the sought glimpsing, at once physiological and mental, of being’s deeper subtleties, the sense that painting occurs in order to see ‘what one cannot see’, as Deblé writes in Défloraisons – it is thus not surprising that: Windows Upon the Unseen: Colette Deblé 45 3: Jean-Joseph Goux can speak of a painterly logic that is entr’optique ou alléloscopique, the sightings of the eye behind painting’s gesture finding themselves ever between, in conflictual reciprocity, in a sense in a no-(wo)man’s land, that yet is at the heart of an unsituatable, unrepresentable being – it is no wonder that Deblé can be led to say that ‘my hand works blind’; 4: it is in this way that art, in exceeding, or receding from, the blatancies of the visible that yet fascinate and call to us, may accede to its, for Colette Deblé, required ‘mythologicalness’, its capacity to transcend particularity whilst emerging from it – the artist thus becomes not the reproducer of the real, but the latter’s mythographer, exploring beyond the describable, the finite, seeking to sense the limitless: ‘the ocean, the desert, painting’, Deblé so aptly writes, in a perfect tautology; 5: such a logic of the plastic, of poiein, implies a liberation lived as a release from, firstly, what may be felt as the constraining identity of self (all the way from self-dislike to narcissism), and, secondly, the seeming already- saidness of the real – again, a release into the infinite unsayableness/recreatableness of all that is – is, that is, in its ever unfolding, unfoldable mystery, in all that ever remains, as Bonnefoy has written, ‘in excess of the sign’; 6: undoubtedly, for Colette Deblé, art, potentially, momentarily at least, may offer the sense of fusion, the experience of love and happiness she has never stopped speaking of in its connection: art’s purpose is then spiritual, psychological, close to ethical in that it suggests modes of (self-)perception allowing a revaluing of the being of self, of other, of all that, given its penetration of the consciousness of the paintingdoing-re-doing self, only seems other, but is, in effect, flower, bird, light, colour, woman, text of the other, etc, etc, endlessly 46 Contemporary French Art 2 fusable, mergeable, with self and its (non-)otherness in that ‘liquid unity’ her art dreams of;11 7: designare, a verb, an action, giving for Deblé, simultaneously, interchangeably, dessin and dessein: art, that is, intrinsically coextensive with purpose, containing its own existential, ontic, logic – and miming, in effect, the deep, perhaps strange, even blinding purpose at the heart of all doing, all (self-)fabrication –, art, beyond its doubts which certainly can arise for Deblé, ever pointing to, designating, the value, the faceless, ‘mythological’ pertinence of its own mystery, its ‘silence’ which is, as Derrida writes, a prégnance, a presence and a future, ever, as Christian Gabrielle Guez-Ricord has suggested, mediating, ever metamorphosing.