Alain Barthelemy, 1985, Lyon, France, is an artist and a researcher at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs of Paris (EnsadLab/ENER), lives and works in Paris, France.
Coming from an engineer training at the Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon in Art Option, Alain Bathélémy leads for several years an artistic research that comes and goes between theorical reflexion and experimentations, conceptual productions and formal propositions, using such mediums as video, computer programs, web sites, and installations. Nowadays, his research is ongoing through the production of images, texts, web sites, that rise questions around language, web spatiality, relationship between virtual and physical spaces. See more;
Alain is feeling very close to conceptual artists like Joseph Kosuth, Art&Langage, Claude Closky, etc, and feel that website with all its specificities such as ubiquity, relationship to materiallity... can be a very intersting medium for nowadays conceptual practices.
Extended Mondrian is a serie of 14 scanner pictures that are printed in the scale 1 (real size of the scanner window). One important thing about it is the presence of the hand that indicates the manual gesture involved in the extension process of the reproductions of Mondrian's painting. This manual gesture is meant to raise questions about a contemporay experience of modern art and its theories, like the Neo-plasticism in the case of Mondrian. With this process, one can see a lot of formal dialog appearing, like the use of primary colors and geometrical shapes in geometrical abstraction versus the glitches of digital systems (in color and shape), or the visual result of a more or less erratic gesture versus the search of universal forms by the erasure all individual expression, etc. Finally the Extended Mondrian can be also seen as a litteral expression of the will of Mondrian himself that tried to build painting that extends all over the architectural space.