Telephone Poles (2017-present)
This series was started in Los Angeles. On the street, Benoît Platéus rubbed telephone poles riddled with metal staples that once held small notices to extract their imprints. These quasi-topographic reliefs, a veritable urban archaeology, are projected and enlarged on canvas, then painted in nuanced colours that confine them to abstraction.
These imprints from telephone poles are reminiscent of a primitive form of photography, achieved thanks to an artisanal developing technique: rubbing(frottage). Platéus transposes his first extraction using pastels, and then subjects the pastels to a second transformation by projecting and enlarging them on canvas.
This research of a semi-absence unfolds in urban space and is reminiscent of graffiti art, Platéus’ background, though with this series he inverts its traditional practice.

Virginie Devillez

oil pastels 100 x 75 cm
"Jacqueline" 2017: oil pastels 100 x 75 cm

oil pastels 100 x 75 cm
"Pierre" 2017: oil pastels 100 x 75 cm

oil pastels 100 x 75 cm
"Ravit" 2017: oil pastels 100 x 75 cm

oil pastels 100 x 75 cm
"Audrey" 2017: oil pastels 100 x 75 cm

oil pastels 100 x 75 cm
"Françoise" 2017: oil pastels 100 x 75 cm

oil pastels 200 x 150 cm
"Michelle" 2017: oil pastels 200 x 150 cm

oil pastels 200 x 150 cm
"Kabe" 2017: oil pastels 200 x 150 cm

oil pastels 200 x 150 cm
"Valérie" 2017: oil pastels 200 x 150 cm