Dove Allouche – Mea Culpa of a Sceptic




The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Dove Allouche curated by Kate Macfarlane, Drawing Room co-director.

Dove Allouche’s new body of work is informed by his interest in parietal art, an extension of his fascination with earth’s primordial elements. Using fugitive materials and processes associated with both drawing and photography, Allouche produces artworks that capture the passage of time,  and that in their unfolding wrestle with the mysteries of the earliest forms of image-making.

Mea Culpa of a Sceptic, the title of the exhibition, is taken from a paper written by the eminent Palaeontologist Emile Cartailhac, in 1903, after he visited the Altamira Cave in Spain to see the cave paintings.  In the paper he admits his considerable role in refuting, over a period of more than two decades, the possibility that these accomplished works could have been produced by our ‘primitive’ Ice Age ancestors. Once Cartailhac admitted his mistake, he pursued his study of the findings and altered the ensuing course of art history. 

'Taking this story as a starting point, Allouche has employed characteristically innovative forms of image production to pursue the possibility of the fabrication process itself generating the imagery, bypassing the lens of the camera and avoiding authorial gesture. In line with his pursuit to bring to light visual material that is hidden or buried, much of it for thousands of years, this new series of works make visible stacked up time.  Seeking not to reproduce things in the world Allouche uses a range of techniques, including those beyond fine art, to make visible this slice of calcite, or that spectral rainbow.' Kate Macfarlane, February 2016

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