September 10, 2013

Galerie Perrotin presents Bernard Frize


Galerie Perrotin’s current exhibition “On the Side where there is no Handrail” by French artist Bernard Frize from is on from now till 28 September, 2013.  This exhibition will bring together eight never-before-seen abstract paintings of different series in vivid associations, reactivating some earlier motifs.  I must say that this was a special exhibition for me, as I not only get to meet Mr. Frize, but I get to be the photographer to take the in exhibition photos of his art pieces. He is a very nice person and great to work with.


Bernard Frize is known previously for investigating the process by which a painting was made, his work uses a variety of methods to make paintings, often sharing key features of modern industry and providing a reminder that meaning is not given but constructed. Founded on a sequential principle, his series of paintings are keys to exploring the conditions of their own appearance, through rigorous and playful compositions.


”Painting is physical work (a mechanical art), and I strive to make the most of its productive economy. The experimental plans coincide with the resulting image. The forms relate to the distribution of colours, and the concept of all these effects (consequences) is in fact the concept of the picture. I do not even know if there is a picture. There is simply an event which is recorded and all its rules indexed: a painting. The process itself, then, is not the aim and, although I have often said that you only have to look at it to know “how it’s done”, this is because there is no dressing-up to be seen, but simply an action, the action of revealing the order and the material qualities with which these sensory experiences are made. In this, I have found something implacably rigorous which could be repeated as many time as there are variations that fulfill the same pre-established conditions.” Bernard Frize


Bernard Frize was born in Saint-Mandé, France. He lives and works in Paris and Berlin. Check out his website at
Exhibition till September 28th 2013 at
Photos by Joyce Yung

About the Author

Joyce Yung
Joyce founded Random Art Workshop in 2009 to expand upon her passion for photography, art and to build a community of like-minded individuals that can come together to share their creative insights. The past several years has seen her involve her career in professional photography ( and championing everyday arts. With an affinity for discovering new avenues to give the rest of Hong Kong their dose of the unexpected and imaginative, RAW Magazine is her brainchild. She finds inspiration in traveling, loves the water, and is particularly fond of all things spiral.


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