Thru 02 June 2012
The first word that comes to mind as I think of the work of Damien Cabanes is the word solitude. Solitude of his work in its day which, disregarding movements and fashions, asserts itself in its demandingness, its necessity.
Damien Cabanes is not isolated, he is at the centre of current international affairs in the arts and in dialogue with artists of every generation, whether close to his own preoccupations or otherwise. He is not isolated, he is alone. His work is produced with no indulgence towards these aesthetic ‘flavours of the month’ that we are supposed to adapt to, but in the untiring pursuit of pictorial or sculptural territories favourable to his subject matter, whatever it may be. His art seeks to construct them for it to appear and deploy in a presence enlivened by surprises and puzzles. This subject matter is not readily definable; it is best summed up by saying ‘any human thing supposed to be complete must be for that very reason infallibly faulty’.
138, Rue du Temple, Paris, France, 75003. http://www.eric-dupont.com/
Opened in January 1997, in the Marais, at the heart of Paris’ contemporary art gallery district, Eric Dupont Gallery has championed the work of emerging artists and participates on a regular basis in international art fairs including FIAC, Art Brussels, the Armory Show, Art Abu Dhabi and Scope Miami. In the fall of 2011, Eric Dupont will open a bigger, 270 square meter space, also located in the Marais at 138 rue du Temple.