Hit the lights, 2011 (detail)
bois gravé résine, fibre de verre, encre et couleur, 240 x 245 cm
In his fourth solo exhibition at Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Damien Deroubaix will be presenting a series of five woodcuts alongside a group of new etchings and drawings. With its various references to the history of art and popular culture, the work of the young French artist bears witness to an ongoing interest in the symbolic language of death. Perpetuating the iconography that characterises his paintings and watercolours on paper, Deroubaix's engravings take the shape of large wooden panels adorned by a series of found objects - a tyre, ram skulls, hair, vine shoots… - acting as reminders of reality. Oscillating between existential terror and macabre irony, the pictorial universe unfolding in "Hit the Lights" encourages spectators to contemplate the futility of their own existence.