The focal points - Béatrice Casadesus
Béatrice Casadesus (b. 1942), Les points de mire [The focal points], cast concrete, 1981
Based on the principle of pixel-by-pixel relief, this bas-relief in moulded white concrete plays with the multiple transcriptions of the full and the empty, of what we are allowed to see and what is hidden from us. This research into pictorial pointillism has given life to the faces of famous actors, including Michèle Morgan, Brigitte Bardot, Gérard Philippe and Charlie Chaplin, along the wall of the façade of the Westfield Les Quatre Temps shopping centre.
The artwork has been present since the opening of the Westfield Les Quatre Temps shopping centre in 1981, and accompanied moviegoers to the exit of the old cinema. As a result of the work on the centre and the relocation of the cinema, the artwork is no longer visible from the inside.
A word about the artist
Béatrice Casadesus creates a contemporary artwork full of subtlety. She combines the attractive forces of architecture, painting, engraving and photography. Following the example of the neoimpressionist painter Georges Seurat, Béatrice Casadessus claims the influence of Far Eastern art, conveying the idea that not everything can be seen at once.
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