Since graduating from the Paris art school in 2006, Samuel Richardot has been working with Balice Hertling in Paris, where he had a one man show in 2008. He followed up the same year with the Printemps de Septembre festival in Toulouse, France.
At La Galerie he will be presenting new paintings dating from his recent stay in Berlin, together with a large paper installation.
From the very beginning, Richardot has drawn from expression of sensory qualities, each element finding a possible origin into a fragrance, a touch, a sound, etc.: kinds of resurgences that his memory associates to senses. Yielding painting that is figured without being figurative, the vocabulary furnished by these "mental" images – mental in that they depict a virtual reality – is a run-through of strangely familiar symbols we cannot quite pin down. Some are taken from the medical repertoire – bodily organs – while others are natural entities like branches, puddles and stones reduced to their simplest state. More recent additions to the Richardot practice are the outcome of such painting-related gestures and incidents as runs, stains, bubble wrap prints, sticky tape, burns, etc.: controlled accidents conjuring up a history of process art.
The exhibition at La Galerie fans out from a hanging of works in which motifs painted on canvas are to be found side by side with paper cut-outs. Deliberately subjected to the constraints inherent in the use of standard formats – either large and horizontal (such as landscapes and screens) or very small – Richardot's works juggle with changes of scale: from picture as overview to the detail of each element depicted. Because emptiness looms large in these works, the forms seem to emerge from a blank field. Clearly contoured yet at the same time left incomplete, they are created without any preliminary drawings; the result is works driven by a quest for spontaneity while remaining, paradoxically, highly controlled.
--press release, 2009, La Galeri, Noisy-le-Sec
2006 D.N.S.A.P., Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 La Galerie, Noisy Le Sec
2008 Balice Hertling, Paris
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 Le Printemps de Septembre, BBB, Toulouse, France
Rendez-vous, Shanghai Art Museum, China
2007 Rendez-vous 07, Les Subsistances, Lyon
Cadrage/Débordement: Exposition des Félicités de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
2006 51e Salon de Montrouge
"Nicolas Guiet - Samuel Richardot, lauréats du Prix Novembre a Vitry 2006", Vitry-sur-Seine
Prix Novembre à Vitry, Vitry-sur-Seine
2007 Prix Jeune Espoir Nicolas Feuillate
Prix Jean Chevalier
2006 Prix Spécial du Jury, 51e salon de Montrouge
Prix Novembre a Vitry, Vitry - sur - Seine