Almine Rech London is pleased to present Cesar Piette’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, from September 2 to 25, 2021. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist is launching NFTs, offering the 3D modeling software files as original sketches through the Foundation platform.
The high-resolution paintings of hyper-plastic reality by César Piette might feel like obvious eye candy at first, but it’s the complexity of the concept behind them that makes them a sweet food for thought. Determined to continue practices firmly rooted in art history, the artist is painting pictures of still lives, landscapes, and portraying people, through representational, narrative-free visuals. But unlike Dutch Golden Age painters that looked at the objects in front of them or through camera obscura, the French artist is constructing his reference imagery through 3D modeling software, utilizing its capability to render realistic-looking objects and settings.
Working with 3D visuals is simultaneously allowing for not only working within the tradition of representation but being able to entirely construct the most visually exciting reality. Able to start his process from a literal ‘nothing’, a blank void, Piette is taking the position of a creator of his own universe and everything within it. Steered towards the aesthetics of heavily stylized, exaggerated cuteness, and favoring the maxim “the cuter, the better,” the bulbous, shiny, and vibrant characters along with their anthropomorphized surroundings are becoming a generic caricature of themselves, challenging the notions of what traditional painting should be.