Tom Sachs: “American Handmade Paintings”

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

69, Avenue Du Général Leclerc FR-93500 Pantin

March 29 – May 31, 2014

Opening Saturday, March 29 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris is “American Handmade Paintings”, a solo exhibition by Tom Sachs. The choice of this title is anchored in specific aspects that are dear to Sachs’s creative universe; his use of the American landscape as iconography and his endeavor to draw our attention to the way the works are made. Traces and marks of the handicraft are voluntarily left visible and become an integral part of the work. This exhibition features mainly wall works highlighting two distinct techniques in Tom Sachs’s practice: pyrography and marquetry. By using fire as the sole drawing tool, pyrography permits to create a work without any additional material, while the craft of marquetry is a complex assembly of pre-painted, inlaid elements.  Check out this classic video by Tom Sachs “Ten Bullets”.

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Tom Sachs. Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.