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Hoël Duret
 
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UC-98 Soft & flat (Seoul), 2016


Hoël Duret’s paintings apply an abstract perspective to represent the flat and soft aesthetics used in the representation of the fourth dimension in popular Western culture. He recycles different sources such as low-resolution movie scenes; colourful and transparent floating shapes referring to comic books of the 50s, and thicker lines of Italian designs from the 1960s (such as blow chair by D’Urbino, de Pas, Lomazzi and Scolari). All of these historical elements, combined with videos, are the second step of a larger narrative project called UC-98 where Duret envisages a fictional underwater fiber-optic cable in which jellyfishes get stuck in. Held captive, their soft and translucent bodies are filled with the light carrying our Internet data...

Focusing on our digital world for his new project, Hoël Duret has set on the figure of liquidity developed by the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman as a metaphor in which time becomes increasingly circular, like the endless waves of the sea . If the paintings of Hoël Duret were worked in layers, the videos focus on surfaces. As explained by Walter Benjamin, the fluidity is a component of the process of movement and development of industrial goods. Re-enacting this method, Hoël Duret films stalls in Noryangjin,, the huge fish market of Seoul to focus on the transformation of all in raw materials and the dissemination of capitalist values in the unconscious. It presents the present - the screen of our permanent reality, writing the abstract script of an urban myth dedicated to the city of Seoul, a new mythology.

01 & 02/12 - UC-98 Soft & Flat (Seoul) #1, 2016
04, 05, 06 & 07/12 : details views
Printed canvas, acrylic painting, aluminium frame, 48’’ flat screen, wall mount, 4’49’’ HD Video, colored electric wire, 176 x 210 x 10 cm © Seoul Museum of Art and Sangtae Kim 2016

03/12 - UC-98 Soft & Flat (Seoul) #2, 2016
08, 09, 10, 11 & 12/12 : details views
Printed canvas, acrylic painting, aluminium frame, 48’’ flat screen, wall mount, 4’47’’ HD Video, colored electric wire, 176 x 470 x 10 cm © Seoul Museum of Art and Sangtae Kim 2016