Exhibition catalogue, Le soleil comme une plaque d'argent mat, Carré Saint-Anne, Montpellier (France), 2014
Texts by Numa Hambursin and Pacôme Thiellement (French)
Editions Lienart, 2014
Hardcover, 16,5 x 24 cm
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The Sun as a mate silver plate. As a vanished echo to this mysterious title, Abdelkader Benchamma’s drawings act on us as a troubling paradoxe. The great precision of the line, the virtuosity of the artist, the play on coherent mouvment in between a composition made from afar but then perceived in its details, finally produces forms, subjects, univers that we have a hard time describing, that we can never define, elusive, that we cannot grasp when we try to possess it. For this first reason, they are not abstract, but they are not figurative either. The impression of flux, from transformation to the masterpiece eventhough they are finished, create a feeling of hallucinated wonder, a bright and obvious feeling.
Born in 1975 in Mazamet (France), Abdelkader Benchamma lives and works in Paris and Montpellier.
Benchamma chooses to work in a sole medium: drawings. He adopts different approaches to the drawing process, sometimes moving across a sheet of paper with the meticulous strokes of an engraver, sometimes spreading over a wall with lavish gestures that appropriate the space. The matter escapes from the frame in a form of organic growth. Inspired by literature, philosophy, astrophysics and esoteric reflections, his works create visual scenarios that question our relationship to reality as they probe the frontiers of the invisible.