Sorbier, 2014

Hong Kong 2017
Mehdi Chouakri
Mixed media on canvas
280.0 x 150.0 (cm)
110.2 x 59.1 (inch)
In his paintings, John M Armleder uses existing forms as quotes in order to focus on the semantic shift of the once radical avant-garde concepts and techniques in the era of post-modernism. Being part of the Neo-Geo movement in the early 1980's, Armleder surprised the art world shortly thereafter with gestural paintings in the style of American artist Larry Poons (1912-1962). In his Pour Paintings Armleder pours different kinds of colours and lacquers onto a tilted canvas, using both randomness and control, hence referring to Abstract Expressionism while neglecting its underlying existential content. The artist, a dandy with a dadaist spirit, stands as a painter without a brush.