Blackboards | 1997-2004

Black and white film photographs laminated on aluminum

The word ” tableau ” in French means both blackboard and painting. In this way, it belongs to the realms of both teaching and art.
In this series of 11 blackboards, photographed in historic educational establishments (La Sorbonne, Sciences Po, Columbia, etc.), the differences in format and the palimpsest-like remnants of the countless writings they have carried are taken into account. These traces of writing and manual erasure are stylistically reminiscent of gestural painting. Some of the three-part pieces evoke triptychs and altarpieces. They also bring to mind the chalk paintings of Cy Twombly and the graphic paintings of Brice Marden.

1. Blackboard n°1, Sorbonne amphitheater, Paris – 1997
120 x 160 cm

2. Blackboard n°2, Columbia amphitheater, New York – 2004
130 x 119 cm

3. Blackboard n°1, Columbia amphitheater, New York – 2004
130 x 119 cm

4. Blackboard n°1, Fordham amphitheater, New-York – 2004
132 x 280 cm

5. Blackboard, n°1, Graduate Center amphitheater, New York – 2004
125 x 365 cm

6. Blackboard, n°2, Graduate Center amphitheater, New York – 2004
125 x 125 cm

7. Blackboard, Henri Barbusse school, Malakoff – 2002
Triptyque, 100 x 400 cm

8. Blackboard n°3, Sorbonne amphitheater, Paris – 1997
129 x 147 cm

9. Blackboard n°4, Sorbonne amphitheater, Paris – 1997
100 x 230 cm

10. Blackboard, Science Po amphitheater, Paris – 1997
120 x 155 cm

11. Blackboard n°2, Sorbonne amphitheater, Paris – 1997
100 x 230 cm

Blackboards | 1997-2004

Black and white film photographs laminated on aluminum