March 1-April 1, 2020 at the FLAX House, Los Angeles
April 2-20, 2020 at Studio 13/16, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Guillaume Bresson will be in residency at the FLAX house to develop several workshops with teenagers, in preparation for a project at Studio 13/16 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Through these workshops Bresson and the participating adolescents will explore how bodies have been represented throughout the history of painting, and in particular how bodies can be used to create a narrative within an image. He is interested in working with rarely represented bodies in an academic style of painting.
Guillaume Bresson questions the notions of scene-setting and narration in painting. His work calls forth the tradition of figurative narrative painting by subverting it with personal cultural references and depictions of pared down and theatrical urban settings. His paintings oscillate between an apparent desire for visual realism and a contemplative ideal resulting in a complex and imaginary temporality where the past reinvents the present of painting.
The research he will develop in Los Angeles will then be brought to the Studio 13-16 at the Centre Pompidou where Bresson will be an artist-in-residence from April 2 to 20, developing a new artwork with the teenagers coming to the Studio.