Variations sur les mêmes thèmes – BPS22 Charleroi
When I was invited to do something at BPS22 in Charleroi, I decided to enter into a dialogue with the Calais series by Marthe Wery. In 1996, she made a series of 17 monochromes in blue and grey tones that she called Calais. Part of that original series, supplemented with more recent works from the same series, are part of the museum’s collection. A number of things interested me in this work, Marthe Wéry allows to play with the presentation of the series. With her abstract works whose colours are chosen intuitively she evokes the association with the sea, without an image she creates a navy. Parts of the series were sold and supplemented with new works of a different format, so that the series evolved over time. I decided to make a new series of 17 paintings based on the real colours of Calais and to mix them with the works of Wéry. During the exhibition, “Variations sur les mêmes thèmes”, we, Pierre-Olivier Rollin and I changed the arrangement 4 times.