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.
Since 1979, she has lived and worked in Milan.
–Luca Lo Pinto
Seoul – Pace is honoured to present the gallery’s second exhibition of works by Nathalie Du Pasquier at Itaewon-ro 262, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. On view from 8 March to 25 May 2019, the strange order of things will feature over thirty paintings, drawings, and ceramic objects, carefully arranged by the artist in order to investigate their relations to space, both individually and collectively. Spanning over twenty years of Du Pasquier’s career, the exhibition explores the artist’s considerations of colour, form, and space.
Nathalie Du Pasquier’s career has blurred the boundaries between fine art and design. Amongst the founders of the Italian design collective Memphis, in 1987 Du Pasquier began her career as a painter, using everyday objects as models and later building wooden abstract constructions to be represented in her paintings. In recent years, her painting has evolved toward purely abstract forms. As with her early design work, these paintings continue to display an interest in the spatial relationships between objects.
In the strange order of things, Du Pasquier meticulously arranges paintings alongside ceramic and wooden objects and works on paper, producing novel interactions among artworks of different mediums. As the artist states, “for this exhibition, I’m interested in how things chosen from different moments in the last 20 years go together in a specific display, how they take a different meaning, how random things cohabitate in an unexpected way sometimes.” In this way, Du Pasquier transforms the gallery into an abstract and immersive environment. Her distribution of colour, form, and space creates a network of elements unified by a single aesthetic and a unique visual language.
“Nathalie’s work allows you to travel far without moving a muscle. Every painting she leaves behind provides a pathway leading into the realm of imagination. Nathalie’s imaginary is constantly enriched by new objects and signs. A work that sets its own limits in each instant, yet which at the same time is always ready to escape the framework of any rules, venturing into unknown territory.” - Luca Lo Pinto.
On the occasion of the exhibition, Pace and Humboldt will publish a new artists’ book featuring a contribution by Kunsthalle Wien curator Luca Lo Pinto. Designed and produced by Nathalie Du Pasquier, the book expands on the roots of the artist's long-standing preoccupations. Interspersed with drawings as well as quotes by artistic and philosophical inspirations, the book functions as an independent artwork that further contemplates the strange order of things.