Bertrand Lamarche - BIO
Bertrand Lamarche - Credit Thierry Bougot, 2013
Credit Thierry Bougot

Since the 1990s, Bertrand Lamarche has developed a protean body of work which is centered around a series of recurring objects or movements. Constructed around a narrative and analytical framework, his work is both emotional and contemplative. Lamarche creates systems of amplification, loops and mise-en-abyme. Incorporating a prototypical approach to the architectural model, specific optical phenomena and the special effects developed during the early days of cinema, his work offers a tangible, dramatic and vertiginous experience.

Lamarche's work invokes an ensemble of motifs: meteorology, popular music, urbanism and industrialization, giant umbelliferae, black holes and genre films. His evolving mise-en-scene deploys a rudimentary or primitive machinery in order to explore the autonomous potential of his scenarios, which operate in the interstices of installation, performance and video projection.

His work exists within its own specific temporality. It's an elastic collage, influenced by a wide and evolving range of visual and historical references: Klossowski's ghostly Baphomet, the shadow of Josephine Baker, Jean Epstein, science fiction, Kate Bush, the rotational movement of a record player, the urbanism of the post-war years, Camille Flammarion's meteorology, the skyline of the city of Nancy.

Lamarche was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp prize in 2012. His work has been exhibited in numerous international institutions including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Fondation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent (Paris), Thread Waxing Space (New York), Anthology Film Archives (New York), the Montreal Biennial, the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (Tours) and the Fonds régional d'art contemporain du Centre-Val de Loire (Orléans).


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Bertrand Lamarche was born in 1966, he lives and works in Paris. He is represented by the Jérôme Poggi Gallery, Paris. Graduated from La villa Arson Nice, his works were shown in several exhibitions including La Galerie (Noisy le Sec), Le Confort Moderne (Poitiers), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Nuit Blanche at the Foundation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent (FR), Thread Waxing Space (NY), the Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Biennale de Montreal (CA), Museum of Fine art Nantes, Nancy, the Modern and Contemporary art Museum Les Abattoirs (Toulouse), Center for contemporary Création (CCC Tours), FRAC Centre (Orléans), International Center of Art and Landscape in Vassivière... His works are part of several public collections in France such as The Musée National d’art Moderne - Centre Pompidou Paris, FRAC Ile de France, Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, FRAC Centre, MAC VAL Vitry sur Seine, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart... and part of some private collection such as Agnes b.

Authors such as Nathalie Leleu, Ingrid Luquet Gad, Pascal Krief, Elizabeth Lebovici, Peggy Gale, Marie Ange Brayer, François Piron, Anne Lou Vicente, Gill Gasparina, Michel Metayer, Antonia Birnbaum, Philippe Duboy, Anne Bonin or Pascal Pique have written about his work. In 2012, he was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, and two majors exhibitions at the FRAC Centre (Orléans) and at the CCC (Tours) were dedicated to his work.