No Man’s Art Gallery is honoured to present the fourth solo exhibition by French artist Bertrand Peyrot. ‘When water becomes earth’ shows us the subtle shift into the realm of the three-dimensional.
During the course of his career Peyrot has worked incessantly to control the process of oxidation in order to influence the metal plates to demonstrate an opulence of colour and texture. Peyrot’s experience with the technique allowed him to gradually minimize the interventions with the metal plate, trusting on the natural changes that the water would make to the metal, leaving the result more up to time and chance. The corrosive process brings a myriad of layers, outlines, drawings, and detail - elements that create a painting.
‘When water becomes earth’ emphasises the phenomenological experience of space, process, gravity and time. The artist has translated the metal plate into experimental sculptural gestures and suspended abstractions with a three-dimensional view, often combined with the use of pigments to create a painterly composition.
Bertrand Peyrot was the first artist to have a solo exhibition at No Man’s Art Gallery in 2012, when the gallery was still located as pop-up location at the Plantage Muidergracht in Amsterdam. NMAG has exhibited Peyrot’s work at all pop-up locations including the ones in Tehran, Mumbai, Shanghai and Cape Town. This summer Peyrot showed an retrospect of his work at Palais du Roi de Rome near Paris, France.