This catalogue was published for the exhibition titled Togetherless by Bernard Frize held at the Dirimart Dolapdere on March 20–April 29, 2018. The catalogue presenting Frize’s ten works painted exclusively for this exhibition features a text by Jurriaan Benschop. In 2019, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris hosts a retrospective of Bernard Frize, one of the foremost abstract painters in the world.
The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue features ten paintings made by using seven colors: red, yellow, brown, pink, green, and two types of blue. Ten paintings sharing the same colors, some even sharing the same motif. A group of paintings in this exhibition were made with a wide brush on which he put the seven colors next to each other. The artist then moved the brush around, creating patterns reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. Another group bore a woven compositional pattern created by crossing four vertical and three horizontal bands of color. What connects the paintings is rather a compositional scheme. As for color, those ten paintings produce very different results in terms of atmosphere, brightness, and accessibility.
Bernard Frize is not a painter who likes to be visible within his paintings. The subjective gesture that connects the painting with its maker seems far away from his approach. The painter is rather skeptical about the possibilities of expression. Despite this fact, his hand remains visible—the works do not appear neutral or as if no human being was involved in making them. Color is a paradox for Frieze: it does “not particularly interest” him, despite its being a vital raw material for his work. By using color in a nonhierarchical, experimental, technical-mechanical manner, the artist lends his works a certain dynamic through contradictions. Concentrating on the process of production of the painting rather than elements like color, composition, and symbols, Frize offers an intriguing challenge to the viewer: the challenge of seeing and hearing the “pictorial score.”
Text: Jurriaan Benschop
Translation: Çiçek Öztek
Proofreading: Zeynep Yazıcı
Design: Atelier Neşe Nogay & Fevkalade
2018, Istanbul, Dirimart
48 pages | Four Color, Illustrated, Hardcover