LIFE PROGRAM – PATRICK DES GACHONS
« Painted on the center of a white background, [a] blue square progresses every year by one percent to tend towards the full coverage of the background. Started according to the 50/100 ratio (blue square/white square) in 1983, it shall reach 100/100 in 2032. The program would be naturally interrupted and the work completed if I were to disappear before this date.«
By this immutable program, PATRICK DES GACHONS exasperates the components of painting (form figure, composition) to only retain the « truth »: the application of a color on a base. 70 paint flows on average on each piece enable him to obtain a dark blue, which, like with Yves Klein, has a vocation of spiritualism.
This daily duty, consisting in reproducing the same painting everyday of the year brings PATRICK DES GACHONS closer to artists such as OPALKA, ON KAWARA or ERIC CAMERON: « The work of art, ontologically full, superimposes onto the author’s personal time. »
For years, PATRICK DES GACHONS has made a « brutal » update of his works: he covers some of his older paintings in the way of a superimposition: « the past fades off, covered by the present, without completely disappearing however. »
Born in 1944 in LIMOGES, PATRICK DES GACHONS lives and works in FRAÏSSÉ-DES-CORBIÈRES, where he has shown during 25 years, in his castle, artists close to his artistic consideration. Elective affinity, common questioning or even close approaches defined this programing, known as « Around a Passion. » In 2013 the last exhibition occurred, followed by the publishing of an exhaustive catalogue, « 25 summers in FRAÏSSÉ. »