Bertrand Lamarche - BIO
Bertrand Lamarche - Credit Thierry Bougot, 2013
Credit Thierry Bougot

Exploiting spatial and distortions, Bertrand Lamarche proposes a group of sculptural hypotheses that are at once ecstatic and conceptual. His work is rooted in the amplification and the potential for speculation of figures that have featured regularly in his oeuvre for nearly 20 years : the city of Nancy, Kate Bush, meteorology, giant umbellifers, revolving lights, tunnels, record decks.

A large proportion of his oeuvre is characterized by a desire for subjectivation and appropriation, sometimes almost demiurgic, of various areas or figures of reality (The Rotor, The Model). Through modelling, the artist takes over these
entities, developing a set of propositions that unsettle viewers because they are generated by looping (Looping, Interview with Kate Bush), or present a mise-en-abyme (Lobby, A Hole in the Screen, La Réplique,Tore), or result from a loss of reference points in space-time (Double Time House, Cosmodisco) and/or distortions in scale (Le terrain Ombelliférique, Vortex).

Not necessarily employing video or mechanical means, his pieces evince a resolutely empirical approach to studio work whence the piece emerges in successive experimental phases through its intrinsic processes of realization. His is a formally complex and diversified corpus, including as it does installation (Le Paratonnerre, Map), photography (Vue du Viaduc John Kennedy, Théorie de la jeune fille), digital video (Le Terrain Ombelliférique),performance (Vortex), sculpture (Le Haut du lièvre, La Maison Cosmique), and audio pieces (Try Me).

His works can be viewed as events or stages in a more global fiction/script that sanctions the permeability of the pieces between each other, as well as an organic form of genealogy. In this respect, the work on the Nancy site is significant for the rudimentary cinematographic processes it uses and for the series of successive scenarios it comprises, as in The Fog Factory, Autobrouillard, Cyclocity, or Methendal...



Bertrand Lamarche was born in 1966, he lives and works in Paris. He is represented by the Jérôme Poggi Gallery, Paris. Graduated from La villa Arson Nice, his works were shown in several exhibitions including La Galerie (Noisy le Sec), Le Confort Moderne (Poitiers), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Nuit Blanche at the Foundation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent (FR), Thread Waxing Space (NY), the Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Biennale de Montreal (CA), museum of Fine art Nantes, Nancy, the modern and contemporary art museum Les Abattoirs (Toulouse), Center for contemporary Création (CCC Tours), FRAC Centre (Orléans), International Center of Art and Landscape in Vassivière... His works are part of several public collections in France such as The Musée National d’art Moderne - Centre Pompidou Paris, FRAC Ile de France, Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, FRAC Centre, MAC VAL Vitry sur Seine, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart... and part of some private collection such as Agnes b. Authors such as Elizabeth Lebovici, Peggy Gale, Marie Ange Brayer, François Piron, Anne Lou Vicente, Gill Gasparina, Michel Metayer, Antonia Birnbaum, Philippe Duboy, Anne Bonin or Pascal Pique have written about his work. In 2012, he was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, and two majors exhibitions at the FRAC Centre (Orléans) and at the CCC (Tours) were dedicated to his work.