Work from the Collection


Date: 2014
Medium: Painting
Materials: Gouache, Polystyrene foam, Aluminium frame, Canvas, Glass
Dimensions: 155 x 216 x 2 cm
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin
Domain: Peinture
The image within an image is a recurring motif in Will Benedict’s work. The mise en abyme feeds into hybrid structures of tabular forms and techniques taken from painting, drawing, photography, and collage. Although the TBD diptych follows a principle of superimposed images, it does not lead to their fragmentation, but rather imbues them with a strange homogeneity. Their interlocking within the space of the painting leads the viewer to a constant movement of the gaze which becomes unable to rest on one of these strange figurative objects that Will Benedict plucks from the world of art and deposits in his work. The artist likes to construct his work around what he calls “culturally pre-arranged compositions” governed by the conventions of image presentation. In this respect, his work seems to be organised according to a principle close to that of Magritte who, by inserting figurative images into abstract sets, put forward a singular ordering of reality.