Paul ROUSTEAU - La Défense, les fragments de l'invisible, 2020
Born in 1985. Lives and works in Paris, France
Photographer Paul Rousteau radically rejects technically perfect photography. Like playful experiments, often ﬂoues and overexposed, his enigmatic works catch the eye with their washes of luminous colours, as seen through a kaleidoscope or ﬂottant in the soft mist of a waking dream. When taking pictures, he pushes his cameras into their entrenchments and, like an alchemist, opens the doors of his perception.
Paul Rousteau spent his entire schooling at an alternative school in Steiner-Waldorf. Thanks to this experience, he has developed a sensitivity to the perception of the forms of life, but also a déﬁance towards conventions. At the famous school of photography in Vevey, Switzerland, he explores the flaws and errors of photography, while revisiting the joyful iconography of his childhood. In ﬁligrane, these scenes reveal the artist's deepest quest: "to show the invisible".
Between abstraction and ﬁguration, painting and digital art, Paul Rousteau's unique images never cease to draw magazines and clients into his colourful universe. Harmoniously mixing fine art and fashion, portraiture and travel, his images have appeared in The New York Times, M Le Monde, Dazed & Confused, The New Yorker. He has worked for brands such as Hermès, BMW and Louis Vuitton. In 2017, he was selected to be part of the ﬁnalistes exhibiting at the Hyères Festival and was nominated in 2019 for the HSBC prize. He has exhibited in China, Germany and Italy. In Switzerland, he is represented by the Galerie Forma Art Contemporain and in France by the Galerie du Jour Agnès b.
The work for Paris La Défense
La Défense, les fragments de l'invisible:
In La Defense, man is on first-name terms with the sky. Above the ground, in search of greatness, he overhangs nature, lands on the clouds, takes aim at his aerial facades. A lark mirror, this mirage is a decoy. At the gates of perception, blinded by the Sun King, man, in the void, loses his footing. His ignorance bumps into the glass walls. Faced with the speed of light, his body gives way, his materials merge and become fluid. Faced with the limits of the visible, his truths collapse. For nature still reigns. Changing, it imposes its mystery on us. Immaterial, air and light sculpt and reveal our reality. And it gives us to perceive, in fragments, its fragments of the invisible.
Jacques Tati, « Playtime »
Les Epoux Delaunay
LA DÉFENSE, LES FRAGMENTS DE L’INVISIBLE, 2020
Edition of 1/5 + 2 EA
Credits Paul Rousteau. Courtesy Paul Rousteau
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