Within their painterly practice, Florian & Michael Quistrebert make use of unconventional materials such as iridescent and high gloss automotive coatings and embedded LEDS, combined with heavy layers of modeling paste, as to optimize the reflection of light and to dematerialize the painted surface. Through playing with matter, movement and light, the seductive paintings capture and manipulate the gaze of the viewer.
The rake paintings are examples of this experimental approach. The modeling paste, usually used as a base for paintings, is used as the paint itself. This rigid
material, that is applied with a glue comb, forces the artists to make large gestures that suggest movement. They continuously find new ways to play with light, for instance through the use of LED lights and glitter. Subsequently, the modeling paste, a thick and heavy material, is used to highlight something slight and immaterial as light. The work of the Quistreberts is full of these kinds of contradictions. They investigate the possibility of the sublime while using low-tech materials. They play back the main motifs of modern art, while at the same time perverting them.