After a short stay at school of the Decorative Arts of Strasbourg, Olivier Passieux flies to New York in 1993 where his meeting with France Raysse introduces him to the secrets of art history, where the stories of moments with Andy Warhol and Basquiat anchor in him the desire of the life of artist.
At age 25, Olivier Passieux moved to Paris. He mingled with the young artists of his generation at the end of les Beaux-Arts and mounted his first exhibitions. The commercial success of his work is fast for the young painter, but he decides not to be content with it and to move away from it in order to find a space for experimentation in which he could affirm more than know-how, but a clean intention.
He is fascinated by the birth of “another” in his painting, between the artist and his projection. He approaches the space of the creation and the development of the painting like a thickness of time, between contradictions and imposed directions.
The exhibition Ricochets et occupations ordinaires is about the idea of the inter-state, the fantasy moment that sometimes touches the real, through the iconography of the holidays …
Olivier Passieux invites us to discover his vision painted out of the closed idea, like a proposal of a moment in suspension, between two ricochets.
He evokes on canvas the fantasy of vacation and its fulfillment, focusing on those little things that melt the sweetness of time.
On his drawings of the series “Homology and metaflore“, Olivier Passieux borrows a technique of oil transfer used by Paul Klee, close to improvisation since the inked sheet masks the receptacle support of the result. He projects us into a vacillating space between plant and human, where the bodies mix with office plants and future images of travel.
Sculptures complete paintings and drawings as a recreational and playful place, a recomposition of time, in connection with the architecture, brick color, constructions of a small space.
For example Biarritz and his fantasy space that make him evoke the movement of a towel, a lock of hair and straws that intermingle …
Ricochets et occupations ordinaires encourages us in November to set foot on the desk and exposes us to the sun of our best moments.