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Since the 1980s, Carmen Perrin has established herself as a sculptor. In the 1990s, she began producing works that were closely concerned with architectural and landscape contexts. She is currently working on projects in public spaces and is also experimenting with works that combine the practice of sculpture and drawing. The close link between the two practices is a central element in Carmen Perrin’s oeuvre, which focuses on the creation of tension. Carmen Perrin’s drawings are based on a process that is intrinsically linked to a technique, which is often repetitive and almost choreographed, in which the notion of physical and optical tension is omnipresent. In her latest works, she focuses on the tension associated with the use of colour. The colours have a potent effect that opens up the graphic space, which evokes the passage of light waves, like electrical waves passing through a medium. In certain drawings the perception of a colour image is disrupted by a black motif, drawn in crayon, which conceals it. The black screen creates an optical tension between the various graphic layers. The vibratory effect generated by the superimposed layers varies in each work.
The gallery Catherine Putman is specialized in works on paper by contemporary French and International artists. Located on first floor, near the Centre Pompidou, the gallery is a place enjoying an intimate atmosphere. Catherine Putman opened this space in 2005, after years of publishing activities initiated by Jacques Putman in the 70s with artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Max Ernst, Bram van Velde, then Geneviève Asse, Georg Baselitz, Pierre Buraglio, Tony Cragg, Claude Viallat. Since Catherine Putman’s death in 2009, Eléonore Chatin her collaborator took over the responsibilities of the director and preserved its specificity by maintaining close relationships with its artists and by establishing new collaborations, with a particular focus on contemporary drawing.
Pierre Alechinsky / Geneviève Asse / Georg Baselitz / Pierre Buraglio / Alain Clément / Frédéric Malette / Agathe May / Jean Messagier / Bernard Moninot / Keita Mori / Georges Noël / Álvaro Oyarzún / Carmen Perrin / Frédéric Poincelet / Sophie Ristelhueber / Georges Rousse / Eloïse Van der Heyden / Claude Viallat