Dove Allouche At Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Paris

Dove Allouche Mea culpa d'un sceptique
Dove Allouche
Mea culpa d’un sceptique

Dove Allouche’s new body of work is informed by his interest in parietal art, an extension of his fascination with Earth’s primordial elements. Using fugitive materials and processes associated with both drawing and photography, Allouche produces artworks that capture the passage of time, and that in their unfolding wrestle with the mysteries of the earliest forms of image-making.

‘Mea Culpa of a Sceptic’, the title of the exhibition, is taken from a paper written by the eminent Palaeontologist Emile Cartailhac, in 1903, after he visited the Altamira Cave in Spain to see the cave paintings. In the paper he admits his considerable role in refuting, over a period of more than two decades, the possibility that these accomplished works could have been produced by our ‘primitive’ Ice Age ancestors. Once Cartailhac admitted his mistake, he pursued his study of the findings and altered the ensuing course of art history.

Taking this story as a starting point, Allouche has employed characteristically innovative forms of image production to pursue the possibility of the fabrication process itself generating the imagery, bypassing the lens of the camera and avoiding authorial gesture. In line with his pursuit to bring to light visual material that is hidden or buried, much of it for thousands of years, these new series of works make visible stacked up time. Seeking not to reproduce things in the world Allouche uses a range of techniques, including those beyond fine art, to make visible this slice of calcite, or that spectral rainbow.

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Les productions récentes de Dove Allouche font référence à l’art pariétal, élargissement naturel de l’intérêt de l’artiste envers les éléments primordiaux de la Terre des origines. Utilisant des procédés combinant le dessin et la photographie, Allouche élabore des œuvres reflétant l’écoulement du temps qui, par leur dévoilement dans l’espace, s’affrontent aux mystères des toutes premières formes de fabrication des images par l’homme.

Le titre de l’exposition, Mea Culpa d’un sceptique, est extrait d’une note de 1903 écrite par l’éminent paléontologiste Emile Cartailhac lorsqu’il ressortit de la grotte d’Altamira en Espagne dont il venait d’admirer les parois ornées. En marge de cette note, il reconnaît avoir dénié, pendant plus de deux décennies, la capacité de nos ancêtres du Paléolithique à produire de telles œuvres. Ayant reconnu son erreur, Cartailhac réorienta ses études à partir de cette découverte majeure, réhabilitant l’idée d’un développement régulier de la civilisation et de l’esprit humain et modifiant ainsi le cours de l’histoire de l’art.

Prenant cette anecdote comme point de départ, Allouche a entrepris de nouvelles formes de production d’images pour tenter de mettre en place un processus permettant à celles-ci de se générer elles-mêmes.

Curated and Written in French and English by Kate Macfarlane, February 2016

Dove Allouche: Mea culpa d’un sceptique
Exhibition Dates: Through to May 7, 2016

Fondation d’entreprise Ricard
12 rue Boissy d’Anglas
75008 Paris

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