Magazine article Artforum International

Silvie Defraoui Galerie Susanna Kulli

Magazine article Artforum International

Silvie Defraoui Galerie Susanna Kulli

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Like miniatures, square tiles leaned singly or in pairs in rows on narrow wall-mounted shelves made of dark wood in the first of two back-to-back shows by Silvie Defraoui. Formerly adorning elegant homes in the countryside near Barcelona, they had been transformed into complex pictorial objects. These found cement tiles were not presented as ready-mades; a closer glance revealed that the multicolored, slightly irregular geometries of their surfaces were made with black adhesive tape applied in lines, points, squares, and triangles. The purely architectural ornament had become an "image in the ground," as the title of that series, "Dm Bild im Boden" 1985-2010, would have it. Once one had noticed this, something started to shift in the viewer's imagination: In a profoundly analogue twist, the pixel-like pattern of tiles could be seen to be interspersed with figurative motifs recalling the schematic faces from early computer games or pre-Columbian temples. In these works, fragments unexpectedly join together to form a whole; a simplified countenance made of tiny dots suddenly looking at us. And then the figure dissolves back into an abstract geometry that ties in with other patterns. The variety of ornamentation seen in these tiles is surprisingly-rich, but so too is the multiplicity of Defraoui's tiny interventions.

For me second or me two snows, Derraoul presented a series from 2009, "Les formes du recit II" (The Forms of Narrative II). All down the long wall, even extending into the office area, hung groups of photographs sharing a similar format: Each shows an object fixed to the wall with the projection of a photographed landscape or an ornamental structure superimposed on it. This configuration was photographed from the side at an acute angle so that the second image, the one we finally see, is slightly foreshortened. …

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