Jean-Baptiste Bernadet

So Far, So Close


Brussels

  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-10), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-08), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-14), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-07), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-11), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-12), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-09), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-03), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-02), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-17), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-16), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Fugue 2016-01), 2016
    Oil and cold wax on canvas
    216 x 194,5 cm
    85 x 76 5/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Day for Night I), 2016
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    205 x 290 cm
    80 3/4 x 114 1/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Day for Night II), 2016
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    205 x 290 cm
    80 3/4 x 114 1/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Day for Night III), 2016
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    205 x 290 cm
    80 3/4 x 114 1/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Day for Night V), 2016
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    205 x 290 cm
    80 3/4 x 114 1/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Day for Night VII), 2016
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    205 x 290 cm
    80 3/4 x 114 1/8 inches
  • , Untitled (Sign), 2016
    Glazed lava stone
    80 x 80 cm
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , Untitled (Sign), 2016
    Glazed lava stone
    80 x 80 cm
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , Untitled (Sign), 2016
    Glazed lava stone
    80 x 80 cm
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
  • , Untitled (Sign), 2016
    Glazed lava stone
    80 x 80 cm
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches

Press release

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to present ‘So Far, So Close’, an exhibition of new work by Brussels-based artist Jean-Baptiste Bernadet. His first solo exhibition since joining the gallery last year, Bernadet will stage a presentation anchored by examples from his celebrated series of ‘Fugue’ paintings.

Bernadet produces these paintings through a deceptively simple technique. He builds up a field by taking a thin brush and progressively and systematically, if always intuitively, laying down a flurry of quick marks in his bright, almost pastel palette of oils mixed with wax and alkyd. There are slight variations in the application of each mark; the overall effect, however, is towards unity, with the field being built up in an all-over fashion. Bernadet’s goal is to prevent the eye from being able to definitively locate any points of focus such that, as he paints, the artist constantly adjusts any passages that seem to jump out at him. For this reason, any natural analogues suggested in the Fugue paintings, especially of landscape or sky, exist in terms of experience rather than iconography. His carpets of undulating color vibrate…