"Bruits de fonds - white noise in English - is an invisible sound, that you can listen to only through specific frequencies.
It is also the title of a book by Don Dellilo, who describes the life of a common town in America, disturbed by the apparition of a black cloud.
The perception of the real, altered by misinformation and rumours, provides an uncertain scenario where everything becomes possible.
Paul Valéry wrote "There is something falser than false; it is the combination of true and false."
This play between the real, its representation, and different universes that co-exist open new working tracks that will be developed in this show.
The presence of a billboard points to the artificiality of some drawings, the play between true and fake, and the many stage settings, making the drawing even more complex, and more difficult to approach. On a formal level, these drawings are more pictorial: realized with ink and brush, they are more elaborate and widen the graphic means, in a powerful way.
The care in the making, the use of black, the density of forms, are elements which contribute to fix the viewer's look and question what is given to see.
The drawing becomes also a metaphor of the creating process or of the elaboration of the work itself, through the presence of elements borrowed from building sites: scaffoldings, bricks and blocks are staged, or hold mysterious forms that always appear as dynamic and fluid. In spite of the precision of the drawing, these forms remain quite difficult to grasp.
These forms turn into autonomous elements and play with the properties of black, showing its coloring abilities. Some of the large size works, called "Sculptures", are exclusively realized with black felt-tip pen; they show sophisticated, surprisingly colorful forms, which nature is hard to fix: a geological, sculptural, or digital creation.
The wall drawing plays with space and presents new forms of working on site: works on the wall are often as detailed and accurate as works on paper. Realized directly, without any video projected model, it is an inedited drawing constructed in relation with the exhibition space. Despite the delicate treatment, it is ephemeral and, consequently, always "in becoming", as a dynamic and transformable object."
Abdelkader Benchamma was born in 1975 in Mazamet (F).
His work is represented at this year's Venice Biennale in the collateral event "The Future of a Promise. Contemporary Art from the Arab World" (with Mona Hatoum, Kader Atia, Yto Barrada) www.thefutureofapromise.com
There is a current publication available "Dark Matter" published on the occasion of his latest show at Galerie du Jour agnès b. in Paris.
Abdelkader Benchamma lives and works in Paris and Montpellier.