Pace Gallery’s online exhibition Spaces Between Things brought together more than a dozen works to unearth Milan-based artist Nathalie du Pasquier’s evolution from pictorial, still-life compositions toward pure abstractions.
Anton Kern Gallery’s online exhibition, Message From My Room, comprised of new, coloured pencil drawings created this March during lockdown at the artist’s home in Milan.
Portrait of artist Nathalie Du Pasquier
A work entitled Constellation located at the noble floor of a 16th century palazzo in the centre of Brescia, Italy, which was made for Apalazzo Gallery, consisted of a new site-specific installation combining an object, a three-dimensional architectural painting, alongside new works on canvas.
These three exhibitions were considered as the centrality of painting to Du Pasquier’s practice, in which both architecture and drawing played significant roles.
Du Pasquier’s works blur the boundaries between fine art and design. Her work was noted while she was a member of the Italian design collective Memphis. In 1987, she shifted her focus primarily on painting, repurposing common objects as models to engage her interest in perception.
Over the years, the wooden abstract objects she created gradually appeared in her paintings.
Nathalie Du Pasquier, bright books blue glass, 2003, oil on canvas, 100 cm × 100 cm
Her work allows one to emotionally travel far with every creation leaving behind a pathway that leads viewers into the realm of imagination. In recent years, Du Pasquier’s work has merged into purely abstract forms.
As with her early architecture and design work, the new paintings and drawings likewise reflect her approach in the spatial relationships between objects.
Curated by Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Director at Pace Gallery, this exhibition showcased Du Pasquier’s continued progression toward a new dialect of abstraction in her recent practice.
Nathalie Du Pasquier, Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 150 cm × 150 cm
Spaces Between Things highlighted two of Du Pasquier’s most recent abstract paintings, pairing them with a dozen other works that tell the story of her artistic evolution over the past decade. “The exhibition will reveal Du Pasquier as a painter who renders the dazzling complexity of simple things, who coaxes out enchantment from forms hiding in plain sight around us,” expressed Shultz.
“This online exhibition will also feature a series of aesthetic interventions into the online viewing room, extending Du Pasquier’s unique approach to exhibition design – usually employed in the physical installation of her works – into the digital realm.”
Nathalie Du Pasquier. Untitled. 2019. Oil on canvas. 25x35cm.
In the third exhibition of Du Pasquier conducted by Pace gallery, the strange order of things 2, Du Pasquier has succeeded in revamping the gallery into an abstract and mesmeric space by painting the walls in bright colours.
She carefully arranged paintings alongside works on paper that produced an exhilarating discourse between various media and within the space.
Nathalie Du Pasquier. The strange order of things 2. 2017-2019. Hand-painted case containing drawing, two prints and books. 32.5x23.5x5.5cm.
“What is interesting to me is the strangeness of a form that exists but that we do not recognise, whether it is painted or reproduced in three dimensions,” says Du Pasquier.
“I don›t think that installing artworks in space has to do with a sense of direction, but I certainly have a taste for ‘arranging things’. I continue to build three-dimensional pieces that sometimes punctuate my exhibitions.”
Spaces Between Things, Message From My Room and Constellation can be viewed at pacegallery.com
Images courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery
From the Summer 2020 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Art