Sébastien de Ganay


gandy gallery

Spot on : portraits

December 7, 2011 - February 11, 2012

In his first solo show at the Gandy Gallery in Bratislava, Sébastien de Ganay a French artist who lives and works in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, Austria, presentsa new series of portraits. Well established already for his "dot paintings" and "dot writings", this French artist has beckoned his masters and his friends.Thetechnique of this new photo production upon felt follows that of his dot paintings – the white gesso background enhancing informative areas.Now thesplit between these latter and their cottonish-white surroundings suggests a full-on reflection upon an essential face to face that of which emptiness, andthe concreteness of Image vs its absence is absolute.These works explore the divide - or not- between Image’s medium (photo in this case), informationrevealed and a surface evoquing emptiness, and lack of matter all at once - Together yet distinct.

Sébastien de Ganay is born in 1962 in Boulogne-Billancourt, FR, lives and works in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, De Ganay’s work combines abstract and figurative elements, colors and objects into intriguing pictorial manifestations based on a highly individual, sensuous formal language. Since he began his career in New York de Ganay has been consistently questioning patterns of perception and experimenting with various materials:

«My work aims to reflect on the process of making and seeing, the possible connections between sensual aspects, self-observation and their rational processing.» (Sébastien de Ganay)