Nathalie Du Pasquier (b. 1957, Bordeaux, France) worked as a designer as part of the Memphis Group until 1987, producing patterns, textiles, decorated surfaces, and furniture. Since then, her main focus and passion has been painting. Over the past thirty-five years, Du Pasquier has been intrigued by the relationship between objects and the spaces in which they are installed. This ongoing investigation has manifested in paintings, sculptures, designs, patterns, constructions, carpets, books, and ceramics—constantly acting between the representational and non-representational, the tangible and intangible,reality and imagination, and two- and three-dimensional forms.
An expanded painter working between formats, Du Pasquier is open to new possibilities and experimentation, continuously playing with complex arrangements of forms. For a long period, she produced still life paintings following a precise methodology in combination with pure intuition: building sets with different elements—day-to-day objects first, handmade wood constructions later—and meticulously representing what was in front of her. Du Pasquier now works directly on paper or canvas, and builds constructions that play with the juxtaposition of flat surfaces and three-dimensional objects. Her paintings can respectively exist as objects, space, or environments, blurring the distinctions between a work and its inherent structures of display.
New objects constantly enrich Du Pasquier’s imaginary and symbolic world and she follows particular, poetic paths to construct and compose forms, sculpt space, and render representation anew. She considers everything that she has done asraw material for future projects - a work that sets its own limits in each instant but at the same time is always ready to escape the frame of any rules, entering into unknown territory.
Pace London is delighted to present an exhibition of works by painter Nathalie Du Pasquier at 6 Burlington Gardens. On display from 27 June to 4 August 2017, the exhibition From time to time is Du Pasquier’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom in almost 25 years, her first exhibition in London and with Pace. Featuring over 50 artworks, most of which are new works, the exhibition continues Du Pasquier’s long-standing interest in representation, colour and assemblage. Using sculpture, painting and drawing, Du Pasquier transforms the gallery into a colourful and immersive environment.
For nearly forty years, Du Pasquier has playfully blurred the boundaries between fine art and design. Since 1987, she has dedicated herself to painting and challenging the concept of representation. As with her early design work, her vividly-coloured paintings explore complex arrangements of forms, ideas of depiction versus reality, and the expressive relations between objects and colours. From her landscapes of the late 1980s and early 90s, Du Pasquier’s paintings have evolved to still-lifes of carefully arranged objects and more-abstract and imaginary compositions of dissociated surfaces and shapes. As the artist explains, “Through the representation, I learned about looking and transforming what I saw into a painting. The abstract work is a different kind of position. I become a builder, an inventor.”
The exhibition at Pace centers around a site-specific red room, showcasing paintings made between 2008 and 2014. Gentle colours are applied in flat expanses and the forms hint at domestic appliances and objects such as cups and bottles, as well as more abstract constructions that Du Pasquier physically makes herself before representing them on canvas. Self-described as a ‘painter who makes her own models’, Du Pasquier envisages these initial wooden compositions as autonomous art objects. They will be dispersed around the gallery alongside new abstract wooden sculptures. Du Pasquier will also paint simple ‘rhythmic’ elements on the walls of the gallery, uniting all works in the exhibition in a single installation.
The title of this exhibition, From time to time, comes from Du Pasquier’s shift from representing constructed compositions to constructing compositions directly on the canvas, and from representational work to abstract work. “The paintings in the red room are traditional still-lifes representing abstract constructions, and you do not see them when you enter the exhibition. What you’ll see instead, all around the space, is the recent work where I have composed abstract paintings, done in the last two years, with three-dimensional elements that show the scars of time. What I want to show in From time to time is this continuous shift from one position to another. It is in that movement that I recharge the dynamo.” – Nathalie Du Pasquier, April 2017.
From time to time precedes two major solo exhibitions of Nathalie Du Pasquier’s work this autumn at the Camden Arts Centre, London, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
Pace Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Mayfair Art Weekend in London, June 30 through July 2, 2017. Nathalie DuPasquier: From time to time will be on view, the artist's first exhibition in the United Kingdom in almost 25 years. Mayfair Art Weekend unites 60 galleries, auction houses, fashion houses, and restaurants in the area to celebrate one of the most dynamic creative districts in the world. Special exhibitions, installations, talks, and events will be happening througho